Thursday, November 20, 2008

November 22 marks the 45th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy

November 22 marks the 45th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth President of the United States was killed by an assassin’s bullet on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. Graduating from Harvard in 1940 Kennedy joined the Navy. In 1945 the PT boat he was serving on was sunk by the Japanese. Despite serious injury Kennedy led survivors through treacherous water to safety. After World War II Kennedy served as a Congressman, as a Senator, and eventually went on to be elected President, serving from 1961 to1963. Kennedy laid plans for an assault on poverty and was a champion for civil and human rights.

At 12:30 p.m. on November 22, 1963 on Elm Street in Dallas, Texas President Kennedy’s motorcade approached a triple underpass. Lee Harvey Oswald fired 3 shots, two hitting President Kennedy. A bullet entered the presidents back, exiting his throat. The same bullet entered Governor John Connally, who survived. A final shot hit President Kennedy in the head. The limousine sped to Parkland Hospital where a team of doctors attempted to save him. President Kennedy was pronounced dead at 1 p.m., at 2:38 p.m., Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the 36th President.

Source: http://www.historyplace.com/specials/calendar/november.htm, http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/jk35.html

For more information about Preside John F. Kennedy:

JFK Presidential Library- http://www.jfklibrary.org/

White House Presidential Biography- http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/jk35.html

Library of Congress Today in History- http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/today/nov22.html

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