On November 22, 2018, President John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. How old was JFK when he was killed? 

November 22, 2018, marks the 55th anniversary of the assassination of President John F Kennedy. On November 22, 1963, 36th President JFK was traveling in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, when he was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald. 

How old was President Kennedy when he was assassinated?

JFK was just 46 years old when he was killed in 1963. He is still the youngest US leader in history. 

He was born on May 29, 1917, in Massachusetts. Born into a wealthy Irish American family, Kennedy had enjoyed a meteoric rise in the Democratic party before he was assassinated in 1963. 

He became President of the United States in 1961 and was just over halfway through his presidential term when he was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald. 

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JFK's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.

JFK's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.

President John F Kennedy was the target of at least four assassination attempts, including one in 1960 shortly after he was elected. On this occasion, a retired postal worker filled his car with dynamite and followed the President-elect from Hyannisport, on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, to Palm Beach, in Florida.

Kennedy apparently said, “Brother, they could have gotten me in Palm Beach… There is no way to keep anyone from killing me."

In the lead-up to JFK’s assassination in Dallas, two additional plots – one in Chicago and one in Tampa – were discovered.

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