Magazine

Examiner | Magazine

Fascinating facts about JFK, a Brookline native

Essential info about the 35th president, John F. Kennedy, who was born 100 years ago Monday.

Associated Press

100+ — Number of events planned by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum to celebrate JFK’s legacy, including the “JFK 100 Centennial Celebration” on Monday

1,200 — Approximate words per minute that JFK could read

Advertisement

PT-109 — The torpedo boat JFK commanded as a lieutenant in the US Navy in World War II, sunk by a Japanese destroyer

6 — Number of days before JFK and 10 other crew members were found on an isolated island

6 — Number of newspapers Kennedy read during breakfast as president

7 3/8 — JFK’s hat size (though he did not like to wear hats)

3 — Number of terms Kennedy served in the US House as 11th District representative from Massachusetts

Advertisement

6 — Number of major elections JFK won: three US House races, two US Senate races, one presidential race

10 — JFK’s age in 1927 when his family moved from Brookline to the Bronx

28 — Number of stitches Kennedy needed after colliding with older brother Joe when racing bikes as kids

1935 — Year Kennedy entered Princeton; after recovering from an illness, he transferred to Harvard in 1936, graduating in 1940

Get Today's Headlines in your inbox:
The day's top stories delivered every morning.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

QUOTABLE:

Associated Press

“I do not think it entirely inappropriate to introduce myself to this audience. I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it.”  — President John F. Kennedy, June 2, 1961, on his wife dazzling all of Paris

Sources: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum; Princeton; Boy’s Life; Bronxville Daily Voice; The New York Times

Mayeesha Galiba can be reached at mayeesha.galiba@globe.com.

This story has been updated to correct a reporting error. The number of words John F. Kennedy could read was misstated in the original story. The correct rate is an estimated 1,200 words per minute.

Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.