May 29, 1917: John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Boston, Massachusetts.
July 1940: Kennedy's book Why England Slept is published.
July 23, 1942: Assigned to sea duty during World War II.
July 27, 1942: Begins training at a midshipmen's school in Chicago.
March 28, 1943: Arrives at the Solomon Islands to begin his command of PT 109.
August 1, 1943: PT 109 is split in half by a Japanese destroyer.
August 1, 1943: Kennedy and his crew are rescued.
August 16, 1943: Returns to duty as commander of PT 59.
June 23, 1944: Has back surgery at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston.
August 12, 1944: Joe Jr. dies in a failed navy mission.
March 1, 1945: Retires with an honorable discharge from the navy.
April 28, 1945: Writes his first story for the Hearst Chicago Herald-American during the United Nations Conference in San Francisco.
November 5, 1946: Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Massachusetts.
May 13, 1948: Kathleen Kennedy dies in an airplane crash.
November 4, 1952: Elected to the U.S. Senate.
September 12, 1953: Marries Jacqueline Bouvier at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Newport.
October 21, 1954: Undergoes back surgery. A metal plate is inserted for support.
February 15, 1955: Metal plate is removed from his back.
August 14, 1956: Fails to win enough delegate support for the Democratic vice presidential nomination.
August 23, 1956: Jackie gives birth to a stillborn daughter.
November 25, 1956: Decides that he will run for the Democratic presidential nomination for 1960.
May 1957: Profiles in Courage is awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
November 27, 1957: Caroline Kennedy is born in New York.
November 1958: Wins reelection to the Senate.
January 20, 1960: Announces candidacy for president in a press conference.
July 5, 1960: Lyndon B. Johnson announces that he is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.
July 13, 1960: Wins the Democratic presidential nomination.
September 26, 1960: Debates with Nixon in the first televised presidential debate.
November 8, 1960: Wins the presidential election against Richard Nixon.
November 26, 1960: John F. Kennedy Jr. is born.
January 20, 1960: Takes the presidential oath at the inauguration. He becomes the first Catholic elected U.S. president.
March 1, 1961: Signs an executive order creating the Peace Corps.
April 17, 1961: The Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba begins.
May 4, 1961: The Freedom Rides commence.
June 3, 1961: Meets with Soviet Chairman Khrushchev in Vienna.
August 13, 1961: The Berlin Wall is built between East and West Berlin.
September 22, 1961: Congress passes legislation creating the Peace Corps.
May 28, 1962: The stock market collapses.
August 13, 1962: Learns from CIA director John McCone that the Soviets may have placed offensive weapons in Cuba.
September 4, 1962: States in a press conference that there is no evidence of Soviet offensive missiles in Cuba.
October 14, 1962: Photos reveal that missile sites are being constructed in Cuba by the Soviet Union.
October 24, 1962: Orders a quarantine of Soviet weapon shipments to Cuba.
October 28, 1962: A resolution is reached with the Soviet Union for the removal of the missiles.
May 3, 1963: The civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, Alabama, are attacked with fire hoses and police dogs.
June 19, 1963: Kennedy's civil rights legislation is presented to Congress.
June 22, 1963: Leaves for trip to Ireland, Italy, England, and West Berlin.
August 7, 1963: Jackie gives birth to five-week-premature Patrick Kennedy. He dies two days later.
September 24, 1963: Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty is passed by Congress. Kennedy signs it on October 7.
October 23, 1963: Presents a compromised civil rights bill to the House for acceptance.
October 31, 1963: Announces that one thousand troops will be pulled out of South Vietnam by the end of 1963.
November 21, 1963: Leaves for San Antonio, Texas.
November 22, 1963: Kennedy is shot at 12:30 P.M. by Lee Harvey Oswald while riding in an open limousine in downtown Dallas, Texas. He is pronounced dead at 1:00 P.M.
November 24, 1963: Lee Harvey Oswald is shot by Jack Ruby while being transferred to county jail.
November 25, 1963: Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.