5 Shocking Facts You Probably Didn't Know About JFK

November 22, 1963, was the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, while visiting the state as part of his campaign.  Here are five things you probably didn't know about John F. Kennedy...


JFK's Back Brace May Have Played A Role In His Death It's possible that his back brace—which JFK wore for his back pain, against the advice of his doctor—might have been the reason he died from his gunshot wounds. The first shot, which went through the back of his shoulder, should have caused him to slump over in the car, and thus avoid other gunfire. But, because of his corset-style back brace, he was "still upright as a target," says Dr. Kenneth Salyer, one of the Dallas physicians who treated JFK on that fateful day. Texas Governor John Connally was also shot in the chest, but because he fell over, he was spared additional damage. If Kennedy had "gone down like John Connally did," Dr. Salyer says, he very well might have lived.

His Last Words Were “No, You Certainly Can't” Though it’s been reported that JFK’s final words were, “My God, I’ve been hit,” that information is incorrect. His last words were in regards to how well he had been received in Dallas. Just seconds before he was shot, Nellie Connally—wife of Governor John Connally—remarked that, "You certainly can’t say that the people of Dallas haven’t given you a nice welcome, Mr. President,” to which JFK replied: “No, you certainly can't."


JFK Was a James Bond Fanatic JFK didn't have ordinary heroes: he was inspired by none other than the world's greatest spy. After being gifted a copy of Ian Fleming's Casino Royale in 1955, Kennedy became a massive fan of the author and his most famous character, with Fleming's From Russia With Love earning a spot on his list of favorite books. In fact, JFK was such a Bond fanatic that he even hosted a private screening of Dr. No at the White House.

Kennedy Installed A Secret Taping System in The White House Richard Nixon was not the first president to record his private White House conversations. In the summer of 1962, Kennedy secretly installed a taping system in the Oval Office and Cabinet Room that transmitted recordings to a reel-to-reel tape recorder in the White House basement. The president likely installed the system to aid him in writing his future memoir, and it captured many historical discussions between Kennedy and his staff, including discussions during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

JFK Got Into A Car Accident With Larry King Back in 1958, Larry King crashed his car into JFK's while the politician was visiting Miami. While the damage to the cars wasn't particularly bad, the president-to-be, who was parked at the time, was apparently quite upset at the situation. King remembers Kennedy saying, "Early Sunday morning, no traffic, not a cloud in the sky, I'm parked—how could you run into me?" However, Kennedy's anger was short-lived and King claims that the politician said he'd let the issue slide if King promised him his vote.