100 Surprising Facts About JFK

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61.
Kennedy named his brother Robert as U.S. attorney general. President Johnson in 1967 signed into law a nepotism statute that prevents a president from naming a family member to the Cabinet.

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62.
He faced the Bay of Pigs crisis — a failed attempt by the CIA to remove Fidel Castro from power in Cuba within a few months of his presidency.

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63.
Kennedy smoked four to five cigars a day and preferred H. Upmann Petits.

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64.
The Cuban Missile crisis in October 1962, which lasted 13 days, brought the world to the brink of nuclear armageddon.

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65.
JFK  bought 1,200 hand-rolled Cuban cigars just before his administration imposed an embargo on the Caribbean island.

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66.
The Cuban Missile crisis led to the creation of the nuclear test ban treaty with the Soviet Union.

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67.
He sent federal marshals to protect rights of an African-American student seeking to attend the University of Mississippi.

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68.
His dinner for Nobel Prize winners in 1962 included Ralph Bunche, the widows of Ernest Hemingway and George Marshall, author Pearl Buck, and scientist Linus Pauling.

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69.
Kennedy proposed a plan to reduce personal and business taxes in 1962 that eventually passed in 1964. Many economists credit the cuts for propelling the American economy in the 1960s.

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70.
During the Kennedy administration, U.S. economic growth averaged 4.3% annually.