Robert F. Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy

Born Nov 20, 1925

Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy, also referred to by his initials RFK, was an American politician, a Democratic senator from New York, and a noted civil rights activist. An icon of modern American liberalism and member of the Kennedy family, he was a younger brother of President John F. Kennedy and acted as one of his advisors during his presidency. From 1961 to 1964, he was the U.S. Attorney General.… Read More

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1925 Birth Robert F. Kennedy was born on November 20, 1925, in Brookline, Massachusetts, the seventh child of businessman/politician Joseph P. "Joe" Kennedy, Sr. (1888–1969) and philanthropist Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (1890–1995).
1927 1 Year Old In September 1927, the Kennedy family moved to Riverdale, New York, a wealthy neighborhood in the Bronx, then two years later, moved northeast to Bronxville, New York.
1933 7 Years Old Kennedy spent summers with his family at their compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, and Christmas and Easter holidays at their winter home in Palm Beach, Florida, purchased in 1933. … Read More


1938 12 Years Old In March 1938, Kennedy sailed with his mother and his four youngest siblings to England to join his father who had begun serving as ambassador to the United Kingdom. … Read More
1939 13 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 1939, he gave his first public speech at the laying of a cornerstone for a youth club in England. … Read More
1942 16 Years Old In September 1942, Kennedy transferred to his third boarding school, Milton Academy, in Milton, Massachusetts, for eleventh and twelfth grades. … Read More
1944 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Six weeks before his 18th birthday, Kennedy enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve as a Seaman Apprentice, but was released from active duty until March 1944 when he left Milton Academy early to report to the V-12 Navy College Training Program at Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. … Read More
1945 19 Years Old On December 15, 1945, the U.S. Navy commissioned the destroyer, and shortly thereafter granted Kennedy's request to be released from naval-officer training to serve aboard Kennedy starting on February 1, 1946 as a seaman apprentice on the ship's shakedown cruise in the Caribbean.


On May 30, 1946, he received his honorable discharge from the Navy. … Read More
1948 - 1950 3 More Events
Kennedy graduated from law school in June 1951 and flew with Ethel to Greenwich to stay in his father-in-law's guest house. … Read More
In February 1952, he was transferred to the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn to prosecute fraud cases.


1956 - 1959 5 More Events
Kennedy was the campaign manager for his brother John in the 1960 presidential election.
He was previously the 64th U.S. Attorney General from 1961 to 1964, serving under his older brother, President John F. Kennedy and his successor, President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Kennedy remained committed to civil rights enforcement to such a degree that he commented in 1962 that it seemed to envelop almost every area of his public and private life, from prosecuting corrupt southern electoral officials to answering late night calls from Coretta Scott King concerning the imprisonment of her husband for demonstrations in Alabama. … Read More
Evelyn Lincoln wrote of that November 19, 1963, conversation just three days before Kennedy's assassination. … Read More
Kennedy saw voting as the key to racial justice and collaborated with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson to create the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, which helped bring an end to Jim Crow laws. … Read More
…  He served as a senator for New York from 1965 until his assassination in 1968.


Kennedy undertook a 1966 tour of South Africa in which he championed the cause of the anti-apartheid movement. … Read More
In the early part of 1967, Kennedy traveled to Europe, where he had discussions relating to the Vietnam conflict with leaders and diplomats. … Read More
An icon of modern American liberalism, and a member of the Democratic Party, Kennedy ran for its presidential nomination in the 1968 election.
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