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Kennedy Assassination

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. Several hours before, thousands of people were gathered to see the Kennedys leave the Fort Worth Texas hotel that had been staying at the previous evening. President Kennedy took the opportunity to address the people outside the hotel and spoke of some of his initiates including travel to space, national defense, and economic growth. He later spoke to the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce before heading to the airport by motorcade to fly to Dallas.

Kennedy Assassination

When they arrived in Dallas a crowd was gathered at the airport. The President and First Lady left the airport in a convertible limousine. Sharing the convertible with the couple was the Governor John Connally and his wife. The Vice President and his wife were in another vehicle following behind the President.

After leaving the airport, the motorcade traveled tell miles though downtown Dallas. The final destination was set to be the Dallas Trade Mart. As in Fort Worth, crowds of people had gathered to see the President and First Lady. As the car made its way on to Main Street at Dealey Plaza shots were fired. It was immediately evident that Kennedy had been hit. President Kennedy was struck in the neck and head with Governor Connally was hit in the chest.

The President was immediately rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital but there was not anything that could be done. A priest was called in to give Kennedy his last rights and he was pronounced dead at 1:00 pm.

At 2:38, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in to be the country’s next President. Shortly after authorities arrested Lee Harvey Oswald for the assassination of the President. Two days later, as Oswald was being transferred, Jack Ruby shot Oswald. He died two hours later.

One November 25, 1963 President John F. Kennedy was buried at the Arlington National Cemetery.

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