John F. Kennedy was once stranded on an island during World War II with only coconuts for nourishment. He used a coconut as a paper weight on his presidential desk.
Fun Fact: The First Lady Who Hated The Name
While Jacqueline Kennedy was one of America’s most memorable First Ladies, she actually disliked the title. She advised her secretary once “The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse.”
Fun Fact: Author Who Died on Same Day as JFK
C.S. Lewis the man behind the Chronicles of Narnia books died on the same day as JFK in 1963. Because of that, most people other looked that small mention in the newspaper.
Fun Fact: First Presidential Debate on Television
The first presidential debates to be televised on TV were in 1960 with Democratic candidate John F. Kennedy against then-Vice President and Republican Richard Nixon.
Fun Fact: JFK’s Maternal Grandfather
President John F. Kennedy’s maternal grandfather John F. Fitzgerald was also a notable Democratic politician. He served in Congress and as the Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts.