Skip to comments.Nov. 22, 1963: The Death of a President
Posted on 11/22/2010 8:45:12 AM PST by NEWwoman
Remembering the Fateful Day in Dallas When President John F. Kennedy Was Assassinated
CBS) It seems so long ago, and so recent.
Those of a certain age will remember where they were 47 years ago today when they heard about the shots ringing out in Dallas. Subsequent assassinations of public figures did not quell the pain felt by the nation when President John F. Kennedy was killed, less than three years after entering office, at the age of 46.
Shortly after noon on November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was waving to the cheering crowd as his motorcade passed the Texas School Book Depository on Elm Street when gunfire was heard.
The president slumped into the back seat of his open limousine with gaping wounds in his head and neck.
He lost consciousness immediately.
JFK: The Assassination (Photos)
A third bullet tore through the chest and arm of Texas Governor John B. Connally, Jr, who was riding in the limo along with the Kennedys.
The car sped to nearby Parkland Hospital where the president, 46, was pronounced dead 30 minutes later.
The governor's wounds were severe but not fatal. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, seated next to her husband, was not injured.
Two hours after the shooting, police arrested Lee Harvey Oswald and charged him with murder.
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I remember my mother crying on this date. I know. It dates me.
Largest tax cuts in American history
Pro-gun (NRA Life Member)
Anticommunist and not afraid to use troops for Americas national interest
Bona fide war hero - personally brave and deeply patriotic
Assassinated by a devout Marxist leftist named Lee Harvey Oswald
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”
And let it be known that Oswald was a leftist and a communist.
Everyone who was alive on this date remembers where they were when the news broke.
I remember getting in trouble for playing with my somewhat loud toy pinball game while my mother was watching the coverage.
Funny, the little things that make an permanent impression in ones memory.
I was alive and I don’t remember what I was doing(probably getting into some sort of trouble)(I was born in 1961).
They don’t seem to make Democrats like JFK anymore.
My mother, who whad been a Democrat, switched parties when LBJ got into office.
It’s funny how there are certain historical events everyone remembers, while so many important ones they forget.
My mom remembers Pearl Harbor. It’s burned in her mind.
My kids will never forget 9-11.
I was a young child. I was in school I remember my teacher saying, “Oh no” and putting her head on the desk. It was the afternoon and we were all sent home early (they’d never do that nowadays) They took everything else off the airwaves and played music.
It seems strange to me to know grownups who weren’t alive when JFK was killed. I think it is a dividing line between us and a younger generation.
And to politicize this thread, Obama was one of them. And he didn’t even live in the US when King was shot, or RFK. He is an alien creature.
There are so many conspiracy theories on who killed JFK, I sometimes wonder who DIDN’T kill JFK...
Well, his Daddy got the Mafia to deliver a victory in Chicago and then his Brother croosed them as AG. - FIRST possibility
Then he tried to have Castro assassinated by the Mafia - Second possibility
So I guess he ticked off a lot of people.
The Warren Commission contributed to the conspiracy theorists by its Star Chamber Hearings on the case.
* there are certain historical events everyone remembers *
Right. This was one of them ... if you were alive then.
When I was a college freshman, (I voted Democrat, then), my professor docked me a whole letter grade because I was not as rabid as he was.
That's when and WHY I changed my affiliation. The pathology spooked me.
In other words, he created the environment where pro-abortion Catholics could exist and fast-tracked the Separation of the Church and State ruse that is killing this country.
Well, I know I didn't. I think. Unless they hypnotized me, sent me back in time (I was born in 1969), and then erased my memory.
Wait. What's that sound?!?
"Greetings to you Squanto. Greetings to you Samoset and welcome to our first Thanksgiving."
The rehearsal was over and I was bouncing a basketball on stage behind the closed curtain when someone said Kennedy had been shot. I was confused at first because one of my third grade classmates was named Kennedy.
Anyway, back in the classroom I remember the principal coming on the intercom and speaking at length about it and what it meant.
When I got home I found my mother crying. Again I felt confused knowing that we were Republicans and had supported Nixon.
No cartoons on TV for days, just news, funerals and processions. Seems like yesterday.
Where did that thing come from?
I was in math class.
Part of actually being ‘alive’ is being aware of ones self and surroundings.
People never want their cause, values, movements or ideas associated with bad things, likewise the modern day socialist denies that the NAZI’s were socialists, the modern day secularist will try to pretend as if Hitler was a Christian and argue that the Catholic church collaborated with the NAZI’s, those for gun control laws in Germany will deny that the first real gun laws were passed under Hitler, and likewise they will forget that Kindergeld (a redistributive program paying for children) was begun under the NAZI regime............
People have the urge to distance or disassociate the bad things from what they like because they don't want to see that connection or feel that guilt by association. So today even the fact that Oswald was a Marxist is quickly buried by some.
I was twelve years old and in the seventh grade. I was in band practice when someone from the office came in and told Mr. Wiggenbottom (always giggled behind his back about his name, I remember him as a really nice man)...but, he was told, and then we all went back to our rooms. Sat at our desks....wasn’t too long til usual bell. Then I walked home.
I remember my mom crying. Our family was military and definitely Republican, but he was OUR president, and we cried. Then, for several days, a haze of tv....lying on the floor and watching tv. That’s when I became a news junkie, I think, during those days and weeks after Kennedy was murdered. So long ago....and I still remember all the details.
I was out in the car, with talk radio on, when I heard the stunning news. I had to stop at a store on the way home and the fact that people were chatting and talking amazed me .Didn’t they know??!! When I got home, I raced to the radio to listen ——— and FORGOT to turn the TV on!
I work down the street from Dealey Plaza. All of the Conspiracy Kooks are out in full force today.
There are theories out on the web that have everyone from Dan Rather,Richard Nixon and George H Bush in the grassy knoll.
The first such day of my life was January 28, 1986 when the Challenger exploded.
If that "thing" is the UZI, it was in a briefcase. Wider angle shots of that scene showed the open briefcase(s) on the ground.
Could hear little girls screaming all over the building.
This has the CBS Coverage as it happened, starting with As the World Turns, which started at 12:30, just minutes before the first bulletins.
Come Christmas-time and my parents had their first child....
“Well after all, it was you and me.”
“Terror is not a new weapon.
Throughout history it has been used by those who could not prevail,
either by persuasion or example.
But inevitably they fail,
either because men are not afraid to die for a life worth living,
or because the terrorists themselves came to realize
that free men cannot be frightened by threats,
and that aggression would meet its own response.
And it is in the light of that history that every nation today should know,
be he friend or foe,
that the United States has both the will and the weapons
to join free men in standing up to their responsibilities.”
JFK 9/25/61 (General Assembly of the United Nations)
I think there are a few thousand Cubans who were on a beach in southern Cuba in April of 1961 who would disagree with that statement.....
If JFK had lived, he would have been no different then his brothers, RFK and Fat TeddyK!
Lee Harvey Oswald circa 1963, holding a Marxist newspaper (LIFE)
Ted Kennedy stood with the Soviets unlike John.
Briefcase in gutter, right side of picture.
thanks for the historic link.
That was based on the reports he got from CBS affiliate KRLD reporter Eddie Barker. Barker was the first to say that the President was dead.
Thanks for sharing those quotes. It sounds like a great speech, sorely needed for today.
It’s fascinating to watch, because it took a half an hour for the cameras in the newsroom to warm up, that’s why the first bulletins were just audio. And to see how they dealt with the still new technologies of television back then.
Wikipedia indicates that Rather supposedly called the priest who gave last rights. No citation or indication how Dan Rather would know who the priest was or how to contact him directly.
I seem to recall an interview from the 1980s where Rather admitted he had a hunch that JFK had passed and ran with it.
Mrs. Stuckey’s 8th grade English class. Right after lunch.
LIFE is a Marxist newspaper? Who Knew? ;)
Totally plausible when one considers Rather's known history of making up stories for newscasts......
I have a vague recollection of the aftermath of the assassination and recall watching a bit of the funeral. I was 6 at the time. A little over a year later Winston Churchill passed away and I do recall the huge headline in the newspaper saying Man of the Century dies. They knew even then in 1965 his impact on history. That did leave an impression on me.
The three men in the grassy knoll were Richard Nixon, George Bush, and Ted (Lurch) Cassidy.
“His job at WFAA in Dallas included coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.”
He typed up the story on an IBM Selectric typewriter.
Must have taken "courage"......