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Key moments from JFK's presidency

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John F. Kennedy's presidency was defined by a world divided by the Cold War. He faced challenges as the Soviet Union and United States raced for control and influence around the globe, as well as domestic strife with race riots and a blossoming civil rights movement. (© © Henry Burroughs/AP Photo)
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  • John F. Kennedy's presidency was defined by a world divided by the Cold War. He faced challenges as the Soviet Union and United States raced for control and influence around the globe, as well as domestic strife with race riots and a blossoming civil rights movement. (© © Henry Burroughs/AP Photo)
  • March 1961: Kennedy founds the Peace Corps, a group dedicated to international development. Since its creation, 210,000 Americans have joined. In this photo, Kennedy meets with one of the first groups of Peace Corps volunteers on the White House lawn on August 11, 1961. (© © REX Features)
  • Kennedy oversaw the Bay of Pigs Invasion, a failed military takeover of Cuba by CIA-sponsored paramilitary troops. The invasion aimed at overthrowing the revolutionary government of Fidel Castro. Here, a Cubana de Aviacion airliner burns after being hit by a rocket fired by raiders at Santiago, Cuba in April 1961. (© © AP Photo)
  • The invasion ended on April 19, 1961 after three days. The invaders never got beyond the mosquito-infested swamps surrounding the Bay of Pigs, as Castro's fledgling revolutionary government scrambled to defend itself. In this file photo, a soldier of the Cuban Armed Forces stands next to U.S.-built armaments captured from anti-Castro fighters. (© © Prensa Latina/Reuters)
  • Kennedy launched the Apollo space program in May 1961. Its goal was to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, which NASA accomplished on July 16, 1969. (© © NASA/AP Photo)
  • Kennedy increased U.S. military presence in Vietnam as the South Vietnamese battled their pro-communist neighbours to the north. Here, a U.S. soldier advises Vietnamese troops as they plot a firing pattern in Bien Hoa on October 16, 1961. (© © AP Photo)
  • After Cuba repelled the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the socialist republic allied itself with the Soviet Union. Here, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev poses with Fidel Castro at Red Square during a Moscow workers parade at Lenin's tomb, in 1962. This partnership would present one of the biggest challenges during Kennedy's presidency. (© © REX Features)
  • In October 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis almost brought the United States and the Soviet Union to the point of nuclear conflict. In this photo, Kennedy, back to camera, is seen with Air Force officers at the White House, October 30, 1962, two days after the conflict ended. (© © AP Photo)
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John F. Kennedy's presidency was defined by a world divided by the Cold War. During his term in office he oversaw the challenges of the power struggle between the Soviet Union and United States playing out on the world stage, while at the same time facing domestic strife, race riots and a burgeoning civil rights movement at home.
Follow the gallery for a look at the key moments from Kennedy's career as president.

In this photo, Kennedy, as the Senator for Massachusetts, poses with a newspaper recounting his West Virginia presidential primary election victory in May 1960. On November 8, 1960, he defeated Richard Nixon to become the 35th president. At the age of 43, he was the youngest president the country had ever elected.

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