JFK+50 HONORS THE MEMORY OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH
Dallas (JFK+50) 50 years ago today at 12:30 p.m. CST, November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated here in Dallas, Texas.
The President was shot while riding through the streets of the city in an open automobile. Most witnesses reported hearing 3 shots as JFK was traveling down Elm Street in Dealey Plaza.
JFK was rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital where doctors attempted valiantly to save his life. The President was wounded just below the Adam's Apple and had sustained a major injury of the right side of the head.*
*JFK also had a bullet entry wound in the upper back, 5 1/2 inches below the collar line, but since the ER doctors did not turn him over, they did not see this wound.
The 35th President of the United States was officially declared dead at 1:00 p.m. CST. Assistant Press Secretary Malcolm Kilduff made the formal announcement in a classroom at the hospital.
Vice-President Lyndon Johnson, who was riding in another car in the motorcade and was not hurt, was spirited from the hospital to Air Force One at Love Field where he took the oath of office and became the 36th United States President at 2:38 p.m.
Lee Harvey Oswald, an employee of the Texas School Book Depository, was charged with both the assassination of JFK and also the killing of Dallas police officer, J.D. Tippit in an effort to escape.
On Sunday morning, November 24, as Oswald was in the process of being transferred to County Jail, the alleged assassin was shot by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby.
Oswald died less than 2 hours later.
President Kennedy was buried on Monday, November 25, 1963 in Arlington National Cemetery. By request of his wife, Jacqueline, his grave was marked with an Eternal Flame.
Ten months later the President's Commission on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren issued a report saying that JFK was the victim of a lone assassin and that there was no evidence of conspiracy "foreign or domestic."
President Barack Obama has declared that today, November 22, 2013 the Flag of the United States of America will be lowered to half-staff in memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
AMERICA LOSES A PRESIDENT, A TEENAGER LOSES A HERO
Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) I was a 15 year old sophomore at Young High School here in Knoxville 50 years ago today, November 22, 1963.
We were in an afternoon class when our principal came on the intercom and announced that President Kennedy had been shot.
In a state of shock, we listened to the "on the air" radio reports from Dallas.
When the announcement came that the President had died, the principal shut the radio off and asked us to stand at attention as the school bugle corps played "Taps" and the American Flag was lowered to half-staff.
The moment that we learned John F. Kennedy had died was one that I will never forget. Other than the loss of family members and close friends, it remains the saddest day of my life.
When my Dad came home from work late that night, he had with him the day's
final edition of the Knoxville News-Sentinel.