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JFK facts

During his time as a Congressman and later as U.S. President, John F Kennedy donated all of his salary to charity.

JFK’s application to Harvard was just 5 sentences long.

C.S. Lewis, Aldous Huxley, and John F. Kennedy died on the same day.

After John F. Kennedy’s WWII PT boat was sunk, he wrote a message on a coconut asking for help. It worked. Kennedy kept the coconut and it became a Presidential paperweight.

Aspiring actor Leonard Nimoy once gave a cab ride to future president John F Kennedy.

John F. Kennedy won a Pulitzer Prize in 1957, although much of the book was ghostwritten by his aide Theodore Sorensen.

John F Kennedy had such concerns about the space program’s high cost, that he proposed partnering with the Soviet Union on a joint expedition to the moon.

In 1962, John F Kennedy secretly installed a taping system in the White House.

In 1999, the U.S. government paid the Zapruder family US$16 million for the film of JFK’s assassination.

JFK bought 1,200 cuban cigars just hours before signing the embargo against Cuba.

John F. Kennedy, had he lived, would have inherited a fortune from his father estimated at US$1 billion in today’s dollars, adjusted for inflation.

Larry King crashed into John F. Kennedy’s car in 1958. JFK said he’d forget the whole thing if King promised to vote for him when he ran for president.

The White House Correspondent’s Dinner was men-only until 1962, when JFK refused to attend unless women did.

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