John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday

It is John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday in the US today (it’s still 29th May there).

He is one of the most talked about presidents in modern US history, in large part because of his assassination on 22 November, 1963. He presided during times of high tension in the Cold War, escalated pre-war US involvement in Vietnam, authorised the botched  Bay of Pigs Invasion invasion in Cuba, and avoided nuclear war over the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Wikipedia: John F. Kennedy

6 Comments

  1. Bill Brown

     /  May 30, 2017

    Recently watched the Netflix doco on the shooting – interesting on the rifle and what sort of bullets were used. The appearance of 2 shooters now seems debunked

  2. Happy birthday JFK. I can remember exactly where I was when I heard of your assassination and how devastated New Zealanders were. My family gathered around the radio in shock and horror. Despite being a very small child your murder remains one of my strongest and earliest of memories.

  3. Blazer

     /  May 30, 2017

    yes JFK wanted to shake up the status quo…and reform U.S banking….he got what Lincoln got…when you try that!

    • PDB

       /  May 30, 2017

      JFK likely became president in 1960 via vote-rigging & voter intimidation by the mob in key states organized through his father (and ex-bootlegger) Joseph Kennedy. He was then killed by those same mobsters (with official help of govt agencies) because he turned rogue on them. Robert Kennedy was similarly dispatched once he decided to run for office.

      Not sure is we can celebrate JFK without overlooking this – though he was much better than the killer & fraudster LBJ that followed him.

      • Blazer

         /  May 30, 2017

        perhaps you don’t realise JFK….ran against the crook with the 5 o’clock shadow!Tricky Dick….Nixon….Your theory is one of…many.-‘Jim Marrs, in his book Crossfire, presented the theory that Kennedy was trying to rein in the power of the Federal Reserve, and that forces opposed to such action might have played at least some part in the assassination.[16][17][18] Marrs alleges that the issuance of Executive Order 11110 was an effort by Kennedy to transfer power from the Federal Reserve to the United States Department of the Treasury by replacing Federal Reserve Notes with silver certificates.’

        • PDB

           /  May 30, 2017

          No doubt others involved had their own motives including Kennedy reneging on military support for the Bay of Pigs, and wanting to tax ‘big oil’ more heavily etc

          Regardless, whoever did him in probably thought they had earned his loyalty. The best we can perhaps say about JFK is that once he did become president he wasn’t afraid to turn on his enablers and do the decent thing.