In its 50th year, Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to 16

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As the nation prepares to mark the fiftieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, former president Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey were among the luminaries awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom established by Kennedy less than a year before his death.

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(Source: NBCNews.com)