Tomorrow sees the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States. Here are twelve facts about him:
1. He was one of nine children.
2. He had lots of childhood illnesses and passed the time reading.
3. He published his first book when he was 23.
4. In the Second World War he served in the US Navy.
5. He was the first person born in the 20th century to serve as President of the United States.
6. He founded the Peace Corps.
7. He wanted the United States to be the first country to send a man to the moon [which happened six years after his death].
8. He believed in equal rights for everybody.
9. As President, he always made time for his children.
10. When the Kennedys visited Paris in 1961, the President's wife Jacqueline was such a success that he joked, "I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris - and I have enjoyed it!"
11. In 1962 he reached agreement with Premier Khrushchev of the Soviet Union to save the world from nuclear war over the Cuban Missile Crisis.
12. An eternal flame burns at President Kennedy's grave in Arlington National Cemetery.