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Remembering Kennedy's Famous Berlin Speech 50 Years Later

50 years ago today, president John F. Kennedy made an impassioned speech in front of Berlin's city hall, declaring famously, "Ich bin ein Berliner."


50 years ago today, American President John F. Kennedy made an impassioned speech in front of Berlin's City Hall, declaring famously, "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner). The speech was watched by 1.1 million—more than 50 percent of Berlin’s population—and from the other side of the border, by small groups of East Berliners unable to even wave because of the presence of the East German People's Police. When Kennedy declared, "All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words, 'Ich bin ein Berliner'," he gave a morale boost to West Germans who were still coping with the fact that the Wall had recently been erected.

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With 35,000 Applications, Even JFK Might Not Get in to Harvard

JFK's application to Harvard was recently released. If he applied today, we're not sure this one-paragraph essay would have made the cut.

Did you apply to Harvard this year? If you did, you're probably going to get rejected. But, if it'll help soothe your hurt feelings, pretty much everybody else who applied will too. The prestigious Ivy League university raked in a record 35,000 applications for about 1,600 spots, up from last year's record of 30,489. With those kind of numbers, a whopping 1 in 50 college seniors applied.

Want to feel even better about your forthcoming rejection? Nowadays, even JFK might not get in.

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