100 Surprising Facts About JFK

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31.
Kennedy and his crew were marooned for seven days before they were rescued by two PT boats.

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32.
The coconut husk became a paperweight on his desk when he became president.

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33.
The wreck of PT 109 was eventually discovered in a National Geographic expedition by noted explorer Robert Ballard in 2002.

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34.
JFK was awarded Navy and Marine Corps medal for courage when he returned from the Pacific.

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35.
A plane flown by JFK’s older brother Joe blew up during a dangerous mission in Europe in 1944, the first of many Kennedy clan tragedies.

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36.
Kennedy’s sister Kathleen, who had married into a British aristocratic family, was killed in a plane crash in 1948.

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37.
JFK’s political career began when he ran for a congressional seat in 1946 and at age 29 won the first of three terms.

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38.
During his term as congressman, he opposed the Korean War and was against any U.S. fighting in Asia.

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39.
He became Massachusetts senator in 1952.

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40.
Kennedy donated his entire congressman’s salary, and later his president’s salary, to charity.