President John F. Kennedy's time in the White House

A look at some of the major events before, during and after John F. Kennedy's time in the White House as president.

May 6, 1961

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First American in space

May 6, 1961

This May 6, 1961 edition of Newsday celebrates astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr., the first American to go to space. Shepard took a 15-minute suborbital flight in his Freedom 7 capsule atop a Mercury-Redstone rocket on May 5, according to NASA.

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