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Today Marks 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Famous Inaugural Speech

john f kennedy alex wong Today Marks 50th Anniversary of JFKs Famous Inaugural Speech

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Taking a look back on this day in history, January 20, 1961 marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration as the 35th President of the United States.

His inauguration speech was one of the most important addresses made in history, as JFK famously declared the line, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Listen to part the original speech made by JFK on the anniversary of his historic day.

To mark the 50th anniversary of JFK’s speech, listen to the original audio of the most memorable lines from his famous speech.


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