The Democratic President assassinated in 1963 remains a symbol of the hopes and aspirations of his country..
These days, the image and memory of the thirty-fifth president of the United States of America only grow stronger as we celebrate 100 years since his birth. Known as JFK, John Fitzgerald Kennedy has become mythical for many of his fellow patriots, an authentic symbol of hope. He left an indelible mark on the aspirations and culture of his country.
A graduate of Harvard University's School of the Humanities, Kennedy is honored as a war hero of World War II, when as a commander in the Pacific, he saved his crew from a shipwreck.
He began his political career as Senator of Massachusetts in Congress. Despite being one of the youngest presidents in history, he rose to the presidency on November 8, 1960, after defeating Republican candidate Richard Nixon in a tight election.
His short term was the sum of a complex world. He approved the Bay of Pigs invasion, an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro. Its failure led to the Cuban Missile Crisis, during which tensions with the USSR became so strained, nuclear war seemed inevitable. Meanwhile, he also faced challenges in the symbolic and popular space race.
On November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated by gunshot, ending his life at the age of 46. Because the assassination occurred in public, when he was being driven through Dallas, Texas with his wife Jackie, the event has remained in the collective memory of the whole world and served as fodder for conspiracy theories surrounding his death.
The centennial of his birth has occasioned the release of a postal stamp with the image of the young and vital JFK, and it has also inspired American philanthropic acts and celebrations. Kennedy is a symbol that lives on in memory and is reborn in the passages of his inspiring speech: "the glow from that fire can truly light the world."