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    1963 Universal Newsreel on Mona Lisa in Washignton, DC

    President John F. Kennedy made brief remarks at the opening ceremony for a three week loan of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” to the National Gallery of Art in 1963.

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    President Kennedy Audio Tapes on the Bay of Pigs

    On April 17, 1961, a U.S.-backed attempt to overthrow Cuban Premier Fidel Castro failed, in what became known as the Bay of Pigs invasion. Audio recordings of President John F. Kennedy…

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    President Obama at Kennedy Grave Wreath-Laying Ceremony

    President Obama visited John F. Kennedy’s grave for a wreath-laying ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

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    President Kennedy's Final Address to the United Nations General Assembly

    President Kennedy spoke before the United Nations General Assembly, for what would be his last address to that body, on September 20th, 1963. The president noted that the delegates were…

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    President Kennedy Civil Rights Address

    On June 11, 1963, President Kennedy delivered an Oval Office address on civil rights following a federal government order to protect two African-American students enrolled at the University…

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    JFK, History and the Politics of Memory

    Historians spoke about memory and understanding politics through history. They focused on understanding milestones, the changing nature of history, and ways in which people form…

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    Inauguration of John F. Kennedy

    Universal Newsreel footage of John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inauguration was shown.

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    President Kennedy's Cuban Missile Crisis Oval Office Address

    Archival footage of President John F. Kennedy’s Oval Office Address during the Cuban Missile Crisis. On October 22, 1962 President Kennedy addressed the nation on the build-up of…

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    Integration of the University of Mississippi

    In the fall of 1962, James Meredith became the first African American admitted to the University of Mississippi. His enrollment caused a major confrontation between the Kennedy…

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    President Kennedy Tours U.S. Space Installations

    A 1962 Universal Newsreel showed President John F. Kennedy’s tour of several sites involved in research and development of the U.S. space program. The tour included a stop at…

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    Space Effort

    President Kennedy talked about the U.S. space program, arguing that America should be the leader in space exploration and the first to land a man on the moon. He said his goal to send…

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    Cuban Missile Crisis Newsreel

    A newsreel from October 1962 on the Cuban Missile Crisis was shown. On October 22, 1962, President John F. Kennedy announced the United States had discovered Soviet missile bases in Cuba.…

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    Bay of Pigs Invasion Newsreel

    Historic Universal Studios newsreel segments were shown of the aftermath of a failed 1961 invasion of Cuba by exiles who had attempted to overthrow Cuban leader Fidel Castro. The…

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    President Kennedy 1961 Inauguration

    Highlights were shown of the 1961 inauguration of President John F. Kennedy courtesy of the Senate Recording Studio. The event took place on the steps of the U.S. Capitol before a…

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    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    President Kennedy spoke to the Society of Newspaper Editors about events in Cuba, which later became known as the Bay of Pigs Invasion. He emphasized that Cuban “patriots”…

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    American University Commencement Address

    President John F. Kennedy made the commencement speech at American University on June 10, 1963. This speech marked the start of detente with the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The…

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    40th Anniversary Cuban Missile Crisis

    In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, archival materials, including audiotapes from White House meetings and television footage from the time, were shown. An…

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    President Kennedy Speech

    President Kennedy spoke about the technological advances made in the century and the U.S. commitment to the space program.

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    John F. Kennedy Funeral

    Universal News newsreel footage was shown of scenes from President John F. Kennedy’s funeral.

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    President Kennedy in Berlin

    Newsreel footage was shown of President Kennedy visiting West Berlin and speaking to a crowd. A segment of the footage showed President Kennedy stating "ich bin ein Berliner". The…

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