Posted by: maboulette | November 22, 2019

November 22nd – This Day In History

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President John F. Kennedy died on Nov. 22, 1963, when he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.  Kennedy had started his term as the 35th president of the United States in January 1961.  That happened 56 years ago today. 


Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, were riding in a motorcade from the airport headed to a luncheon where he was scheduled to speak. They were with Texas Governor John Connally and his wife, Nellie. Kennedy and Connally were both shot as the car passed the Texas School Book Depository in downtown Dallas.


The car sped off to Parkland Memorial Hospital where President Kennedy was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. His body was taken to Air Force One where, before the plane took off, Lyndon B. Johnson was administered the oath of office at 2:38 p.m.  Connally was seriously injured and underwent surgery for wounds to his back, chest, wrist and thigh, according to


Kennedy and Connally were shot allegedly by Lee Harvey Oswald who was arrested for shooting Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit about 45 minutes after the shooting of Kennedy.  Oswald was killed two days later by former Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby.


Across the nation and the world, people were shocked and saddened by the president’s death. Sports events across the nation were canceled. Television stations cleared their schedules to air all coverage of the assassination.   The top headlines read:

“Hidden Assassin Murders President”.

“Suspect Charged After Death Stalks Dallas Motorcade”

“A gunman assassinated president Kennedy from ambush yesterday with a high-powered rifle. Nearly 12 hours later, a 24-year-old man who professed love for the Soviet Union was charged with his murder. The charge was filed against Lee Harvey Oswald, 24. Officers said he was the man who hid on the fifth floor of a textbook warehouse and snapped off three quick shots that killed the President and wounded Gov. John B. Connally of Texas.”

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Jacqueline Kennedy, widow of slain President John F. Kennedy, held her children’s hands outside St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, after  the funeral Mass for the president, Nov. 25, 1963.  Young John saluted his father casket.


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