Tuesday, 7 January 2014

1961, News: John F. Kennedy sworn in as US president

On 20 January 1961 the democrat John F. Kennedy is sworn in as the 35the president of the United States. The 43-year-old Roman Catholic Kennedy is the youngest president in American history, he takes over from the oldest president in American history, General Dwight Eisenhower. The president's Republican rival, Richard Nixon, who came a close second in the race for the White House, also attended the inauguration ceremony.

Millions watched the swearing-in of the new president on television. President Kennedy began his speech by addressing "my fellow citizens", first used by George Washington but later rejected by for the less formal "my fellow Americans".

John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy

Jacqueline Kennedy and John F. Kennedy

Inauguration John F. Kennedy (Dutch)

Inauguration John F. Kennedy (English)

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