As the 50th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death draws near, the American people remember the tragic loss of an iconic figure in American history. November 22nd, 1963, citizens of America and the world grieved when, in the early hours of the afternoon, news broke out that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas, Texas by an assassin, later revealed to be Lee Harvey Oswald.
A moderate Democrat, Kennedy was voted into Office in 1961, and immediately began working on national and international affairs, specifically the early Civil Rights’ Movement and the Presidency of Fidel Castro in Cuba, mainly focusing on Cuban-US relations.
Despite fierce opposition to some of his policies, the President, in his two short years in Office, continued to accomplish many of his goals. Kennedy is often described as one of the most influential Presidents in history.
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Coach Hurston said, “He was probably our most beloved President. It’s one of those significant events in history that had a profound effect on America.”
In addition to the early Civil Rights’ Movement, seeking to grant equality to African-Americans and women, President Kennedy was also able to remain at peace with Cuba, with the Bay of Pigs invasion and his resolve of the Cuban Missile Crisis, ultimately preventing war with Cuba.
As the tensions began to rise against his Campaign, Kennedy continually made public appearances, promoting his Presidency. On November 22nd, 1963, John and Jackie Kennedy, along with Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Texas Governor John B. Connally, and Texas Senator Ralph W. Yarborough were in a motorcade, campaigning through Dallas, TX.
As Kennedy’s black convertible cruised past the Texas School Book Depository, turning off Main Street, gunfire struck the parade. The President had been shot twice, once in the neck, and one in the head. Panic broke out, throughout Dallas, throughout Texas, and eventually throughout the world.
Many people remember exactly where they were when they heard the news.
Ms. Donner said, “[My mother] said it was a very odd feeling to know that the President had been shot.”
The President was declared dead at 1:00 PM, but his legacy still lives on today.
As the 50th Anniversary of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s tragic death approaches, the country and the world take time to mourn the loss of one of the most influential figures in history.