The Assassination of JFK

“Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen you’ll excuse the fact that I’m out of breath but about ten or fifteen minutes ago a tragic thing, from all indications at this point had happened in the city of Dallas and we quote to you this, and you’ll excuse me if I’m out of breath. A bulletin, this is from the United Press from Dallas: “President Kennedy and Governer John Conally has been cut down by assassin’s bullets in downtown Dallas. They were riding an open automobile when the shots were fired. The President, his limp body carried in the arms of his wife Jacqueline has been rushed to Parkland hospital.” – TV Broadcast on Kennedy’s death.

The assassination of JFK had a great effect on many people, not just Americans, but the world as a whole. Like many other tragedies, many people remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. UN Ambassador Adlai Stevenson said of the assassination: “all of us….. will bear the grief of his death until the day of ours.” It can also be seen as the point when the American people began to lose faith in the political establishment. This point has been echoed in various forms of media, such as the 1991 film, “JFK.” Despite his short time in office, JFK remains one of the most beloved Presidents in US history.

JFK was riding through the streets of Dallas, Texas in a Lincoln convertible. Accompanied by his wife Jacqueline, Texas Governor John Connally and his wife. They waved to the cheering crowds that gathered along the streets. At roughly 12:30 pm the vehicle passed the Texas School Book Depository Building. It was at this moment that his believed assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald fired three shots from the 6th floor of the building. The shots seriously injured Governor Connally and fatally wounded President Kennedy, who was pronounced dead 30 mins utes later at Parkland Hospital.

At 2:39 pm, the Vice President Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as President. Among the witnesses of this was Jacqueline, who’s clothes were still stained with the Presidents blood.

Lee Harvey Oswald was born in New Orleans and was a former Marine who was discharged in 1959. Following the assassination and murder of a policeman, Oswald was arrested in a movie theater.

On November 24th, Oswald was being moved to the county jail by Dallas police. The area was filled with cameramen and press who were capturing every moment. It was then that nightclub owner Jack Ruby emerged from the crowd and shot Oswald with a .38 revolver. Motivated by rage at the assassination, some people called Ruby a hero. He was later charged with first-degree murder. Jack Ruby later died of lung cancer in 1967 while awaiting a new trial, having been sentenced to death.

Whatever you may believe, conspiracy or not, I doubt there’s anyone alive who truly knows what happened. JFK had the potential to become one of America’s greatest Presidents, maybe he still is. He had only completed half of his fist term and in the short time, he accomplished so much such as his handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis. It’s interesting to think how different America would be had he not died that day.


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