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John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States.

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What is this seal that looks like a bell?

The box on the top left of this picture is stamped with a seal that resembles a bell. Below is LOC photo of the replica of Oswald's gun. The stamp is located in the top left. LOC notes on the photo ...
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When did "JFK" become a recognizable initialism for John F. Kennedy?

I assume that by the time he ran for President in 1960, every newspaper reader would have recognized the initialism "JFK" as a reference to John Fitzgerald Kennedy. But what about in 1957, ...
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Did the Truman Doctrine contribute to the Cuban Missile Crisis?

I have heard that the brinkmanship foreign policy of Eisenhower and Kennedy lead, in part, to the Cuban Missile Crisis. However, I am curious: did the Truman Doctrine also contribute, in part, to the ...
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Why did the Mafia respect Jimmy Hoffa so much? [closed]

The information that I have about Jimmy Hoffa has come (the impetus,I must say honestly, came from Scorsese's The Irishman) from here. Jimmy Hoffa was a man with wealth and political connections ...
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Why did JFK give approval for the CIA to encourage Diem's deposal?

In 1963, weeks before his own assassination, President Kennedy gave approval for the CIA to encourage a group of South Vietnamese generals to depose President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam. The ...
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Why did Kennedy refuse any military action in Laos at first and then decide otherwise by sending combat troops?

I was lately reading a lot about the civil war in Laos and the American involvement in there and now I am quite confused about the following: What is the special thing about the administration of ...
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What role did the space race play in reducing the nuclear threat during the 1960s?

Today I visited again the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, a space flight history museum, and noticed for the first time the claim that part of John F. Kennedy's motivation for pushing for a ...
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Who, if any, in JFK's inner circle argued against the plans for the Bay of Pigs invasion?

Political discussions leading up to the Bay of Pigs invasion are a notorious example of 'groupthink' and the failure of a committee in coming to a well-informed decision. Accounts of the decision-...
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Did President Kennedy really cut 100,000 government jobs during his presidency?

In Michel Crozier's book, La crise de l'intelligence, he states that during John F. Kennedy's presidency about 100,000 government jobs were terminated. Is this figure accurate? Where can I find any ...
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Identify these Cold War speeches from a movie trailer [closed]

I've recently seen a movie trailer that contains 2 speeches of president John F. Kennedy and one speech of Khrushchev. Could anyone provide the links of the original speeches? EDIT: Since some ...
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Did JFK really say "Hitler is one of the greatest men…one of the most significant figures that ever lived"? [closed]

¿Did JFK really say: Hitler is one of the greatest men, the old trust him, the young idolize him. It is the worship of a national hero who has served his country.…Within a few years, Adolf Hitler ...
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Why and when did Catholic rules change to dissuade Catholics from marrying protestants?

I'm reading a book about the Kennedys. Catholic Kathleen Kennedy married protestant William Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington, in 1944. Here is what she explains in a letter to her mother back in the ...
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Did JFK win the presidential election by fraud? [closed]

Based on sources such as Chicago Tribune, Encyclopedia Britannica, Slate Magazine and many other books, it is said that JFK's father played a significant part in making him president. In the book, "If ...