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John Kerry

Junior United States Senator From Massachusetts + 2004 Presidential Candidate For the Democratic Party
Born Dec 11, 1943

John Forbes Kerry is an American politician who is the 68th and current United States Secretary of State. He served as a United States Senator from Massachusetts from 1985 to 2013, and was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Kerry was the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2004 Presidential Election but lost to incumbent George W. Bush. The son of an Army Air Corps veteran, Kerry was born in Aurora, Colorado.… Read More

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1943 Birth John Forbes Kerry was born on December 11, 1943 in Aurora, Colorado, at Fitzsimons Army Hospital. … Read More
1949 5 Years Old Kerry grew up a military brat until his father was discharged from the Army Air Corps, causing the family to settle in Washington, D.C. in 1949. … Read More


1957 13 Years Old In 1957, his father was stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo, Norway, and Kerry was sent back to the United States to attend boarding school. … Read More
1962 18 Years Old In 1962, Kerry entered Yale University, majoring in political science and residing in Jonathan Edwards College. … Read More


1965 21 Years Old Under the guidance of the speaking coach and history professor Rollin Osterweis, Kerry won many debates against other college students from across the nation. In March 1965, as the Vietnam War escalated, he won the Ten Eyck prize as the best orator in the junior class for a speech that was critical of U.S. foreign policy. … Read More
…  Kerry enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1966, and during 1968–1969 served an abbreviated four-month tour of duty in South Vietnam as officer-in-charge (OIC) of a Swift Boat. … Read More
1968 24 Years Old During the night of December 2 and early morning of December 3, 1968, Kerry was in charge of a small boat operating near a peninsula north of Cam Ranh Bay together with a Swift boat (PCF-60). … Read More
Kerry received his second Purple Heart for a wound received in action on the Bồ Đề River on February 20, 1969. … Read More
1970 - 1971 3 More Events
1972 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 1972, Kerry's wife bought a house in Worcester, with Kerry intending to run for Congress against the district's incumbent Democrat, Harold D. Donohue. … Read More


1974 30 Years Old In July 1974, while attending law school, Kerry was named executive director of Mass Action, a Massachusetts advocacy association.
1976 32 Years Old 1 More Event
He received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Boston College in 1976. … Read More
1977 33 Years Old In January 1977, Droney promoted him to First Assistant District Attorney, essentially making Kerry his campaign and media surrogate because Droney was afflicted with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease). … Read More
1978 34 Years Old It was in this role in 1978 that Kerry announced an investigation into possible criminal charges against then Senator Edward Brooke, regarding "misstatements" in his first divorce trial. … Read More
In 1982 Kerry declared his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor, entering a primary election field which included Evelyn Murphy and several others. … Read More


1985 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Tsongas resigned on January 2, 1985, one day before the end of his term. … Read More
1987 - 1989 3 More Events
1990 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Kerry was reelected to additional terms in 1990, 1996, 2002, and 2008.
1991 47 Years Old Kerry chaired the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs from 1991 to 1993. … Read More
1992 48 Years Old In December 1992, Kerry and Senator Hank Brown, a Republican from Colorado, released The BCCI Affair, a report on the BCCI scandal. … Read More


1995 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1995, President Bill Clinton normalized diplomatic relations with the country of Vietnam.
1996 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1996, Kerry faced a difficult re-election fight against Governor William Weld, a popular Republican incumbent who had been re-elected in 1994 with 71% of the vote. … Read More
1997 - 2000 2 More Events
In 2002, Kerry voted to authorize the President "to use force, if necessary, to disarm Saddam Hussein", but warned that the administration should exhaust its diplomatic avenues before launching war.
2003 59 Years Old 1 More Event
Kerry's commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander George Elliott, joked to Douglas Brinkley in 2003 that he did not know whether to court-martial Kerry for beaching the boat without orders or give him a medal for saving the crew.


…  Kerry was the candidate of the Democratic Party in the 2004 presidential election, losing to George W. Bush.
2005 - 2008 3 More Events
2010 66 Years Old According to the Boston Herald, dated July 23, 2010, Kerry commissioned construction on a new $7 million yacht (a Friendship 75) in New Zealand and moored it in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where the Friendship yacht company is based. … Read More
2011 67 Years Old Kerry "has emerged in the past few years as an important envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan during times of crisis," a Washington Post report stated in May 2011, as Kerry undertook another trip to the two countries. … Read More
2012 68 Years Old 1 More Event
During the 2012 Obama reelection campaign, Kerry participated in one-on-one debate prep with the president, impersonating the Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
His confirmation hearing took place on January 24, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the same panel where he first testified in 1971. … Read More
2015 71 Years Old …  On May 31, 2015, Kerry broke his right leg in a biking accident in Scionzier, France, and was flown to Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital for recovery. … Read More
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