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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

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

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


(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

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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.