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U.S. President John F. Kennedy Assassinated

(1960—1979)

Ask any American who was alive on November 22, 1963, what they remember of the day President Kennedy was shot and they’ll have a story to tell. It was an event that shattered America’s spirit and reverberates to the present day. On January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy became the youngest man and first Catholic to be inaugurated as president of the United States. After only a thousand days in office, President Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas, by Lee Harvey Oswald. In the months after his death, investigations into the assassination yielded inadequate and conflicting results. Rumors and theories of conspiracy still surround Kennedy’s murder to this day, but it was his life and the tragedy of his death that makes this a memorable event in U.S. history.

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When asked if he killed President Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald responded that he was just “a patsy” for the police and government. While several investigations reached the conclusion that Oswald killed JFK, many Americans and historians still wonder if the “lone gunman” theory tells the true story. Two bullets entered President Kennedy’s body and evidence led police to a gun Oswald purchased. But many, including the House Select Committee on Assassinations, theorize that a second shooter on a nearby “grassy-knoll” also aimed for Kennedy, but missed. The Committee also suspected a larger conspiracy in the President’s death over the “lone gunman” idea. Whether Oswald truly shot President Kennedy on his own accord that day, whether he was part of a larger conspiracy to kill JFK, or whether he actually did not commit the crime, we may never know. The mystery that shrouds President Kennedy’s death remains.

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Assassin:
Lee Harvey Oswald: Oswald shot down by Jack Ruby on November 24, 1963 1
Date:
From: 22 Nov 1963 1
Investigations:
U. S. House Select Committee on Assassinations: 1976-1979 1
Warren Commission: November 1963-September 1964 1
35th President of the United States:
January 20, 1961--November 22, 1963 1
U.S. Senator from Massachusetts:
January 3, 1953--December 22, 1960 1
Place:
Location: Dallas, Texas 1
Time of Assassination:
12:30 pm: CST 1
Vehicle:
Presidential Limousine: 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible, dark blue 1
Victims:
Governor Connally of Texas: shot, not seriously injured 1
John F. Kennedy: shot and killed 1

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