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.