November 22, 2011 - John F. Kennedy Day

When I was a kid in elementary school, I remember very well the day that something really bad happened. All of our teachers stopped teaching our classes and stood together in the hallways of our school, whispering to each other. Some cried. We kids were frightened.

Then we were told the awful news: somebody had shot and killed our U.S. President, John F. Kennedy.

All of this happened on this day in 1963, and it made a huge impact on the U.S. and even the world. When I traveled in Mexico a few years after his death, I was surprised to see photographs of JFK hanging everywhere—even in the living rooms of many family homes.

Since JFK's untimely death, he has been mythologized (his life story told and expanded on and retold until it sounded even grander than it really was, and he sounded even cooler than he really was), and he has been criticized a lot (yeah, he was human and had faults). JFK's assassination (murder) has also been endlessly discussed and debated, with conspiracy theories about whodunnit, and why, thick on the ground.

Check out...

Garden of Praise has a page on JFK, complete with puzzles (scroll to the bottom). 

Apples 4 the Teacher has digital coloring pictures of JFK.

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum tells the story of Kennedy's life. 

JFK's brothers Bobby and Edward also went into politics
and government.

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