When we think about John F Kennedy (JFK) it’s only fair to start with one of his famous quotes: “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try”. Fifty six years after his assassination people still remember him as a gifted orator, a peacemaker, a fighter for social justice who inspired hope.
He remains one of history’s most intriguing figures and one of America’s favourite presidents. There is still so much controversy regarding his assassination. What happened on that tragic day? In his words “with the decision to try” let’s read these interesting facts about the JFK Assassination that’ll bring us closer to the truth:
On the 22nd of November, 1963, President John F Kennedy and his wife Jackie Onassis landed in Dallas. They arrived at Love Field airport at 11:37 a.m.
The presidential couple joined Governor John Connally and his wife, Nellie, in an open convertible. The car was custom-made, reinforced parade limousine built in January 1961 by the Ford Motor Company.
Behind the Presidential limousine was an open “follow-up” car with eight Secret Service agents instructed to scan the area.
The streets were crowded with people excited to see the Kennedys.
The car turned off Main Street at Dealey Plaza around 12:30 p.m. As it was passing the Texas School Book Depository, there was gunfire.
The president was shot once in the neck and once in the head and he fell into Mrs. Kennedy’s lap. Governor Connally was also shot – in the chest with one bullet.
Agent Kellerman instructed the driver, “Let’s get out of here; we are hit”, and “Get us to the hospital immediately.”
the Depository Building, Dallas, Texas
The president and Connally were taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital just 3.4 miles (5.5 km) away at 12:36 p.m.
At Parkland, the President was immediately treated by a team of physicians who had been alerted for the President’s arrival by the Dallas Police Department but there was no hope.
A Catholic priest was summoned to administer the last rites, and at 1:00 p.m. John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States was pronounced dead at the age of 46.
This was the fourth presidential assassination in America’s history.
Dallas businessman Abraham Zapruder caught the assassination on his 8 mm home movie camera. Zapruder’s film was later bought by Life magazine for $150,000. That’s lot of money even today, but the actual value today with inflation added is over $1.25 million!
Witnesses at the scene of the assassination saw a rifle being fired from the sixth-floor window of the Depository Building, and some witnesses saw a rifle in the window immediately after the shots were fired.
Allegedly Lee Harvey Oswald who was working for the Texas School Book Depository a private firm that distributed textbooks, fired three shots at Kennedy from the open window.
The murder weapon was a 6.5×52 mm Carcano Model 91/38 Italian infantry rifle that Oswald had bought for $19.95.
Oswald killed Dallas Police Patrolman J. D. Tippit while evading arrest, approximately 45 minutes after the assassination.
Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested at 2:15 p.m.
Oswald was arrested in a Texas movie theatre, less than 90 minutes after Kennedy’s shooting. The film on the screen was called: War is Hell!
He was a former U.S. Marine who embraced Marxism, had Soviet citizenship, and lived in Russia for three years.
During his interrogation, Oswald denied any guilt. He told the reporters: “I didn’t shoot anybody, I’m just a patsy”.
On Sunday morning, November 24, Oswald was being transferred to the county jail from Dallas Police Headquarters.
He was shot by the night club owner and a police informant Jack Ruby at point-blank range on live TV.
Oswald was brought to the same Parkland Hospital as JFK only 48 hours later and shortly after was pronounced dead.
At 2:38 p.m., 1 hour and 38 minutes after Kennedy was pronounced dead, Vice President Johnson took the oath of office inside the plane. Jacqueline Kennedy, still wearing her bloody clothes, stood at his side.
Judge Sarah Hughes wept as she administered the oath of office.
Jackie Kennedy arranged JFK’s funeral ceremonies after Abraham Lincoln’s at Arlington National Cemetery.
Many conspiracy theorists don’t believe the “lone-gunman theory.” They suspect that Oswald didn’t act alone.
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