Born on May 29, 1917. If he was still alive today he would be 99 years old!
Presidential Term: 1961-1963
-In 1962, the U.S. and the Soviet Union hovered on the brink of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Kennedy eventually forced the Soviets to back down. He was assassinated in the third year of his term.
-Kennedy is the only Roman Catholic to become President.
In 1862, General David Hunter, Union commander of the Department of the South, issued orders to free the slaves in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. He did this without congressional or presidential approval. Ten days later, these orders were countermanded by President Lincoln.
Born on May 8, 1884. If still alive today he would be 132 years old!
Presidential Term: 1945-1953
-Truman made the fateful decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan. World War II ended days later. Truman also led the U.S. during the Korean War (1950-1953).
-On his desk, Truman had a plaque that said “The Buck Stops Here.”
In 2011, U.S. Special Ops killed Osama bin Laden during a raid on his secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. This raid marked the culmination of a decade-long manhunt for the leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization based in the Middle East. Bin Laden had ordered the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Born on April 28th, 1758. If still alive today he would be 258 years old!
Presidential Term: 1817-1825
-Monroe lived out his retirement in poverty.
-His term is called the “Era of Good Feeling” because there was little partisan fighting. He formulated the Monroe Doctrine, which declared the Americas off-limits to European meddling.