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Today in History (1963): President John F. Kennedy Is Assassinated

Fifty years later, the world still grieves the loss of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The American president is shot and killed this day in 1963.

It was a sunny day in Dallas, where an audience of happy people cheering and waving bore witness to one of history’s most shocking events. President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed as he waved back and smiled Dallas locals during a motorcade on this day in 1963.

JFK was with his wife Jacqueline Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally and his wife in an open-top convertible. The motorcade came to a screeching halt as shots were fired. JFK was rushed to Dallas’ Parkland Hospital and was pronounced dead 30 minutes after the shooting. It was one of the saddest days in American history.

The American population was shocked by the sudden death of their beloved president. News reached the people through radio instantly. Kennedy’s death was the headline story of most newspapers the next day. Millions were dumbfounded as the news swept the nation and other parts of the world. These photographs from the incident and the days that followed remain seated in the memory of many.

JFK’s alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, was caught on the same day but was killed shortly before he could have appeared in court for a trial. Oswald’s assassin Jack Ruby, was detained right after the shooting of Oswald but died of lung cancer in 1966. Neither could give a clear testimony surrounding the case of the slain president.

It’s been exactly 50 years since Kennedy’s assassination. These images bring us back to that day of grief and mourning.

All information and photos used in this article were sourced from History and Life.

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