John F. Kennedy
Iconic Moment: 22 November 1963, JFK is assassinated in Dallas, Texas
Where were you and what were you doing the day JFK was shot? Anyone old enough to remember that infamous day in November 1963 remembers exactly where they were and what they were doing. The only thing in recent memory on a par with the global magnitude would be September 11th 2001.
But we want to remember happier times…
As well as being a politician, Kennedy was also embroiled in the cult of celebrity that was normally reserved for Hollywood film stars. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline (later Onassis, “Jackie O”) were considered to be the ultimate “All American” couple.
Jacqueline became a style icon to women across the globe and JFK became a golden-haired poster boy for the American dream.
Kennedy is amongst the top five or six most popular presidents with collectors and his autograph is sought in its own right.
His Inaugural Address offered the memorable injunction: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." His economic programmes launched the country on its longest sustained expansion since World War II. He also championed equal rights and called for new legislation against the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement.