This day in history

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In Dallas, Texas on this day in 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in an open top convertible. President Kennedy and the First Lady were riding in downtown Dallas when at 12:30, Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly fired 3 shots at the Kennedy motorcade. Oswald fatally injured President Kennedy and seriously injuring Governor Connally. President Kennedy was pronounced dead only 30 minutes later. Vice President Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as the 36th President at 2:39 pm aboard Air Force One with Mrs. Kennedy standing next to him.

President Kennedy’s assassination has shocked and captivated the nation for decades. Many people speculate that Oswald was not the shooter. Others wonder who was the lady wearing the babushka. Either way, the Nation was in mourning for the following days. Many people lined the streets to see President Kennedy’s casket being taken to St. Matthew’s Catholic Cathedral. He was interred with full military honors on a slope below Arlington House. An eternal flame was lit by his widow to mark his grave in the Arlington National Cemetery.

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