Assassination of John F. Kennedy


Who: JFK (obviously), perpetrated by Lee Harvey Oswald.

What: Lee Harvey Oswald shot the President twice with a rifle.

Where: Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas, USA.

Why: Make your own conclusions.

When: 12:30pm CST, November 22, 1963.

“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” – John F. Kennedy.

One of the most chilling and memorable events of the 20th Century, US President John F Kennedy was fatally shot by Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22 1963. Whilst campaigning in Texas, Kennedy, accompanied by his wife Jacqueline and the Texan Governor John Connally and his wife, the President left Love Field airport in a motorcade, travelling in the now infamous black limousine, followed by Vice President Johnson and his wife in another car. As the motorcade entered Dealey Plaza, three shots were fired from a sixth floor window in the Texas School Book Depository, fired by an employee, Lee Harvey Oswald, with a Carcano rifle. Two of the shots struck the President, one through the neck and the fatal shot striking the back of his head. Governor Connally was also hit by one of the same bullets. The limousine rushed off to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where Kennedy was pronounced dead at 1:00pm local time. By 2:38, Lyndon Johnson had taken the oath of office, succeeding Kennedy as the 36th President of the United States. Oswald was arrested after killing a Dallas police officer, J.D. Tippit, and was himself assassinated two days later by a local nightclub owner, Jack Ruby. Despite the ten-month investigation by the Warren Commission concluding that Oswald had acted alone, the majority of Americans still believe that there was a cover-up, and that there was another assassin.

Kennedy in the limousine, shortly before the assassination.

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