47 years have passed since JFK assassination

John F. Kennedy motorcade

It has been 37 years since the JFK assassination. Image from Wikmedia Commons.

The JFK assassination was one of the most shocking moments to occur in modern America. The shooting of a young and incredibly charismatic president in broad daylight stunned the world. It has been 47 years since John F. Kennedy was gunned down in Dallas.

47th anniversary of JFK assassination

On November 22, 1963, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy had a scheduled presidential visit in Dallas, Texas. As the motorcade traveled through Dealey Plaza, in downtown Dallas, several shots rang out in quick succession. The president, and the Governor of Texas, John Connally, were struck. The president’s car raced to the hospital, but his wounds were too grave. At the age of 46, the second youngest president in history was dead. As police investigated, it was discovered that one employee of the Texas Schoolbook Depository Building was missing, and a rifle was discovered on the sixth floor. The missing employee, Lee Harvey Oswald, was also the owner of the rifle. The rifle, a 6.5X52 mm Carcano, was matched to a bullet recovered from John Connally’s gurney. Oswald was arrested the next day, but was shot and killed by Jack Ruby before he could be tried.

Kennedy assassination shocked the world

What made the assassination of John F. Kennedy so shocking was that he was a very captivating figure. He was young; in fact the second youngest President ever elected. Kennedy also had an infectious enthusiasm and vision. He make some great strides in the civil rights struggle, and set the goal for the moon landing. He also had a huge hand in keeping the Cuban Missile Crisis from resulting in a nuclear war. His death was unexpected; assassinations were something that didn’t happen in America.

47 years have gone by

Since the JFK assassination, there have been plenty of conspiracy theories regarding the events of that day. The Kennedy assassination was one of the most infamous moments in American history, and many people that were alive then will still be able to recall exactly what they were doing when the news was announced.

Sources

Wikipedia on JFK Assassination

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