20th Century's 5 Most Significant Political Assassinations

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John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy was the son of an American Ambassador. He grew up in Boston, Massachusetts among many brothers and sisters. He eventually became the 35th president of the Untied States, the first Catholic to be elected. He served heroically in World War II before embarking on life in politics.

He had just finished a tour of Russia and Poland when he arrived in London the day World War II broke out. When he was 20-years-old, he sailed to Europe and brought his convertible with him. It was not entirely unlike the one he was riding through Dallas, Texas in when an assassin opened fire, killing him at the age of 46 in 1963.

The primary purpose of Kennedy’s fateful visit to Dallas, Texas in November 1963 was not to parade through the streets in an open convertible so masses of people could see him. He was there to address (and hopefully patch up) tensions in the Democratic Party.

When Kennedy was shot and killed during the motorcade procession, the United States was forever altered. Conspiracy theories began to surface when details about the shooting came to light during the Warren Commission’s investigation when it was proposed that a single bullet caused JFK’s death. The confusion surrounding Kennedy’s assassination foreshadowed the tumultuous years ahead for the U.S.