On Sept. 12, 1963, President John F. Kennedy made a pledge: By the end of the decade, the United States would put a man on the moon. He made the pledge in a famous speech at Rice University, in Houston, Texas. "We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard," he said. Watch the full speech.
On Jan. 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy took the oath of office to become the 35th president of the United States. He then delivered one of his most famous speeches, an inaugural address in which he said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." Watch JFK take the oath of office, followed by his full inaugural address.