May 2017 marks the centennial anniversary of John F. Kennedy's birth, and now, more than 50 years after his life was cut short by an assassination, the former president's legacy remains that of an American icon.
JFK’s image alone makes him a standout when compared to other presidents; the young president liked to wear sunglasses and drive around in convertibles. His beautiful first lady and two adorable children added to the image of youthful enthusiasm.
Kennedy also remains a vibrant and powerful leader in the eyes of many historians. He was the leader of the free world during a crucial and exciting time.
Here are 15 images to remember JFK on the centennial of his birth:
The Kennedy Family at Hyannis Port, 1931. L-R: Robert Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy, Jean Kennedy (on lap of) Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (behind) Patricia Kennedy, Kathleen Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (behind) Rosemary Kennedy. Dog in foreground is "Buddy". Photograph by Richard Sears in the John F. Kennedy. (Presidential Library and Museum, Boston)
L-R: Robert Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, John Kennedy. (White House Photographs via Wikimedia Commons)
Future American president John F. Kennedy sits at a typewriter, holding open his published thesis, 'Why England Slept' (1940). (Presidential Library and Museum, Boston)
In this Sept. 12, 1953, photo released by RR Auction house, John F. Kennedy and his bride Jacqueline leave St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church after their wedding in Newport, R.I. (Frank Ataman/AP Photo)
Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts waves to an enthusiastic crowd as he arrives, Jan. 25, 1960, in Nashua to campaign for the Democratic nomination for President. (AP Photo)
Sen. John F. Kennedy, D-Mass., reads the daily newspaper accounts of his West Virginia election victory as he relaxes, May 11, 1960, in his Washington home. (AP Photo/Henry Burroughs)
Picture shows United States president John Fitzgerald Kennedy during a speech as he is invited by the American newspapers chairman association at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York city, April 29, 1961. (AFP/Getty Images)
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, pictured in the 1960s in the White House in Washington, D.C., was the first Catholic and the youngest person to be elected for the Democratic party as the President of the United States. (File/AFP/Getty Images)
In this April 3, 1960, file photo, Sen. John F. Kennedy, then the Democratic presidential nominee, sits next to a playback of his televised appearance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (AP Photo)
Sen. John F. Kennedy, D-Mass., is seen wearing a hat as he puts on his coat at Mitchell Airport before flying to Omaha from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jan. 21, 1960. (AP Photo)
President John F. Kennedy, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and their children, Caroline Kennedy and John F. Kennedy, Jr., play with their dogs, Shannon, Wolf, White Tips, Blackie, Clipper, and Charlie, at Brambletyde house on Squaw Island, Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. (Cecil Stoughton, White House/John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Boston)
President Kennedy delivers the 1963 State of the Union Address. Vice President Lyndon Johnson and Speaker of the House John McCormack are seen seated behind the president. (Cecil Stoughton, White House/John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Boston)
President John F. Kennedy inspects the Mercury capsule with astronaut John Glenn in February 1962. (Cecil Stoughton, White House/John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Boston)
President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, ride in a car on Dallas' Main Street, minutes before his assassination on November 22, 1963. (Walt Cisco/Dallas Morning News/Public domain)
The flag-draped casket of President John F. Kennedy lies in state in the East Room of the White House in Washington on November 23, 1963. (AP Photo)
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