JFK meets with the British Admiral of the Fleet, the Earl Mountbatten, in the Oval Office to discuss plans for a NATO multilateral force and supplying the British with Polaris submarines.
This history of the National Security Council under presidents Kennedy and Johnson was written by the Executive Director of the NSC under both presidents, Bromley Smith. It traces not just the mechanics of the NSC during the period but also how it was used to tackle specific topics.
When UN Secretary-General U Thant requested U.S. military equipment for UN operations in the Congo, his request included an item that didn’t make much sense.
JFK never got to visit his presidential library. But that doesn’t mean he hadn’t already given it some thought. Here’s what he said about it in 1962.
A short narrated film of JFK’s visit to West Germany and West Berlin on June 25 and 26, 1963.
A complete list of the meetings of the Executive Committee of the National Security Council, a special group created by President John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
A list of the dates and topics of National Security Council meetings in the Kennedy administration from 1961 through 1963.
JFK arrives on Air Force One at Tegel Airfield, one of three major airfields in West Berlin.
JFK tours Checkpoint Charlie in West Berlin and climbs a viewing platform to look over the Berlin Wall into East Berlin.
General Maxwell Taylor is sworn in as the new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.
JFK visits Homestead Air Force Base, headquarters of the Tactical Air Command, on November 26, 1962, not long after the Cuban Missile Crisis. This reel is taken with a camera on the runway. It captures JFK arriving by Air Force One and a flyby of F-100 Jets.
Silent, color archival footage of parts of JFK’s visit to West Berlin on June 26, 1963, including his tour of Checkpoint Charlie and crowds at some of his speeches in the city.
In a brief Oval Office ceremony, Chief of Staff of the Army General Earle Wheeler and Secretary of the Army Cyrus Vance present JFK with the U.S. Army Flag with battle streamers. The flag is then placed behind the President’s desk.
As the Indian defenses crumbled in the face of the Chinese assault, Prime Minister Nehru sent two highly sensitive and remarkable letters to President Kennedy asking for help in fighting China.
President Kennedy, former President Dwight Eisenhower, Allen Dulles, and Chief Justice Earl Warren attend the dedication ceremony at Dulles International Airport in the Northern Virginia suburbs just outside Washington DC.
Footage of JFK speaking in West Berlin during his visit to the city on the Cold War’s front lines on June 26, 1963.
This was the first of two letters Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru sent to President Kennedy on November 19, 1962, on the situation in the Sino-Indian War.
During JFK’s visit to West Berlin, he visited the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie, the American-manned crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin.
Footage of JFK’s visit to Fort Stewart, Georgia, where the 1st Armored Division was based. It was one of several bases in the southeastern United States that President Kennedy visited in the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
JFK visits El Paso, Texas, with Vice President Lyndon Johnson.
Film footage of President John F. Kennedy visiting the headquarters of the Strategic Headquarters in at Offutt Air Force Base, near Omaha, Nebraska, on December 7, 1962. Includes his arrival on Air Force One and delivering brief remarks.
JFK leaves West Berlin on Air Force One after his triumphant visit to the embattled city on the front lines of the Cold War.
President Kennedy addressed the graduating class of the FBI National Academy held at the Departmental Auditorium (now known as the Andrew W.. Mellon Auditorium) on October 31, 1962 from 11:20 – 11:35 AM.
President Kennedy held his 60th news conference on August 20, 1963.
President John F. Kennedy enjoyed very high public approval ratings compared with most modern presidents.
Silent film footage of JFK touring West Berlin with West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and West Berlin Mayor Willy Brandt.
Silent film footage of JFK visiting the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, Germany, as well as other parts of his tour of the city.
Footage from JFK’s widely-lauded visit to West Berlin in June 1963, including JFK at Checkpoint Charlie at Berlin Wall and crowd scenes along the motorcade route.
President Kennedy awarded a special medal to comedian Bob Hope in recognition of his services to the nation and the cause of world peace in a White House ceremony on September 11, 1963.
JFK met with the King of Laos, His Majesty Sri Savang Vatthana, at the White House on 25 and 27 February 1963.
This is President John F. Kennedy’s Dictaphone machine that he used to dictate speeches, memoranda, and notes as well as to record some of his telephone calls in his collection of secret White House tapes. It’s one of the artifacts in the holdings of the JFK Library & Museum.
On June 10, 1963, President Kennedy delivered the commencement address at American University on the John M. Reeves Athletic Field.
President Kennedy held his 51st presidential press conference at 11am on March 6, 1963, in the State Department Auditorium.
Thanksgiving 1963 came early at the White House, with President Kennedy ceremonially pardoning a Turkey at a ceremony in the Rose Garden on November 19, 1963.
West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer arrived at the White House for a two-day state visit on November 14, 1962.
President Kennedy met with approximately 80 students and faculty members of the Brazilian War College at the White House on October 30, 1962.
The trends of the number of U.S. Federal Government employees over the past half-century are surprising.
JFK meets with President Eisenhower at the White House for the first time since the 1960 election as part of the presidential transition.
President-elect John F. Kennedy’s fifth appointment to his new Cabinet filled the Secretary of Defense spot. He chose 44-year-old Robert S. McNamara, who had recently been appointed President of the Ford Motor Company.
In this Universal Newsreel footage from December 12, 1960, the Kennedy family leave their Georgetown home for Palm Beach, Florida. Onlookers are on hand to try to catch a glimpse of John F. Kennedy Jr., then less than a month old.
Ben Bradlee wrote of the “harrowing experience” of playing golf with JFK in 1963.