John F. Kennedy Assassination Anniversary: November 22 1963
It is the John F. Kennedy assassination anniversary on Sunday November 22nd, as then President JFK was killed on Friday November 22nd 1963. Everyone remembers where they were when they heard of the assassination of JFK; it seems to be one of those defining moments in history.
John F. Kennedy was the thirty-fifth President of the United States and it was on that Friday November 22nd, that he was riding in a motorcade with his wife Jacqueline Kennedy when he was fatally shot by Lee Harvey Oswald, who was murdered before he could stand trial for the crime. His assassination is still a subject of debate however, and many believe Oswald was not to blame.
Just before 12:30 p.m. CST, Kennedy’s limousine entered Dealey Plaza and slowly approached the Texas School Book Depository. Nellie Connally, then the First Lady of Texas, turned around to Kennedy, who was sitting behind her, and commented, "Mr. President, you can't say Dallas doesn't love you," which President Kennedy acknowledged.
It was just after the President's limo passed the Depository in Dealey Plaza that many witnesses said they heard three clear shots.
Presdient Kennedy was shot in the head and it was later confirmed that was the shot that killed him.
JFK was rushed to Parkland Hospital, but he was declared moribund and at around 1pm, all heart activity had ceased and President Kennedy was pronounced dead. It was shortly after 2pm that Kennedy's body was driven to Air Force One, where it was placed at the rear of the passenger area. A forensic examination was not conducted on the President's body, which violated Texas state law.
Vice-President Johnson was sworn in to office at 2:38pm on board Air Force One.
An autopsy was conducted on JFK at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Washington DC that night. His body was brought back to the White House for a private and then a public viewing at the Capitol, where hundreds of thousands of people lined up for hours to pay their respects.
John F. Kennedy's funeral was held on November 25th and he is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Do you remember where you were when you heard Kennedy was assassinated?
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