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Happy 98th Birthday John Fitzgerald Kennedy! (May 29, 1917)

We celebrate the past to awaken the future.”

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”

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35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy was born on this day, May 29, 1917 

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was named in honor of his maternal grandfather, John Francis Fitzgerald, the Boston Mayor popularly known as Honey Fitz. Before long, family and friends called this small blue-eyed baby Jack.  Read More

Photos: Rose Kennedy with baby Jack (center) and big brother Joe Jr.; John Francis Fitzgerald, maternal grandfather of JFK; JFK portrait.

-The Life of John F. Kennedy from the JFK Library

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Happy 98th birthday, Jack Kennedy (Jackie’s bunny)! 

“[His] vitality and spirit made Jack Kennedy such a magical figure” –Walter Isaacson

Jack Kennedy’s essence belonged to “his appreciation of heroism, his essential independence, his coolness at the core. [He was] full of drama, infused with the joy of politics and battle.” –Peggy Noonan

Jackie Kennedy called her husband, “that elusive , unforgettable man” in her interviews after Dallas.

Chris Matthews wrote after his book (Jack Kennedy: Elusive hero), “I found a fighting prince never free of pain, never far from trouble, never accepting the world he found, never wanting to be his father’s son. He was a far greater hero than he ever wished us to know.”

John F. Kennedy: May 29,1917–November 22, 1963