The first president born in the 20th century, John Fitzgerald Kennedy ushered in a new generation of leaders and propelled the United States into the Space Age. News coverage of the dashing president, his fashionable wife and their young children helped shape the “Camelot” story of the Kennedy presidency as a magical moment in American history, but a darker narrative emerged as the convulsions of Cold War and civil rights shook the country. When Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, the unprecedented news coverage of the shocking event brought the nation together and elevated the 35th president to a place of legend.

This quiz is sponsored by Washington D.C.’s Newseum (newseum.org).


1. True or False: Before his election as president, John F. Kennedy represented the state of New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate.


2. How old was John F. Kennedy when he was elected president?


3. All of the following events happened during Kennedy’s presidency, except:


4. The 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis led to what?


5. Jack Ruby was the name of the man who shot and killed John F. Kennedy’s accused assassin two days after JFK was killed.