Full coverage: JFK assassination anniversary
November 10, 2013
The horrifying news from Dallas brought the nation to a standstill that Friday afternoon 50 years ago this month. The president had been shot. Here's what Tribune readers saw the next morning.
1:00 PM EDT, October 25, 2013
When I was 13, my seventh-grade history teacher upbraided me in front of the entire class for being rude and disrespectful to our Founding Fathers. My crime? I had asked how she squared her (rather alarming) passion for Thomas Jefferson with the fact that he was a slave owner and that many historians believe he fathered several children, illegitimately, with a woman he owned.
1:30 PM EDT, October 25, 2013
United Press International White House reporter Albert Merriman Smith was in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, riding in a press car behind President Kennedy's convertible. As gunshots rang out, he lunged for the radio car phone. Dictating his first-hand account to the UPI office, he uttered the words, '"Three shots were fired at the president's motorcade today in downtown Dallas." This headline inspired the title of one of several exhibits across the country commemorating the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination.
12:30 PM EDT, October 25, 2013
DALLAS — I hadn't been standing in Dealey Plaza more than five minutes when I watched a man dash out into the street to pose for a picture. He was heading straight for a white X in the pavement that marks the location of John F. Kennedy's limousine when the 35th president was fatally shot on the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963.
November 15, 2013
When is enough enough?
12:00 PM EDT, October 25, 2013
As this year's death-obsessed Emmy Awards broadcast took time to mention, Nov. 22 will mark 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The remembrance traveled from Walter Cronkite's announcement of the president's death to a Carrie Underwood cover of the Beatles' "Yesterday" to commemorate the band's 1964 debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" — "two emotionally charged events, forever linked in our memories," said segment narrator Don Cheadle, who was born after both of them.
2:00 PM EDT, October 25, 2013
On the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, the turgid melodrama of "As the World Turns" was suddenly interrupted by grave news from the real world. In Dallas, three shots had been fired at President John F. Kennedy's motorcade. Fifty-eight minutes later, a visibly moved Walter Cronkite would confirm the unthinkable: The president was dead.
4:20 PM EDT, October 24, 2013
As a teenager in the 1970s, I learned about the paranoid style of American politics from the Kennedy assassination. Between seventh grade, when I discovered the Warren Commission report, and my junior year in high school, when I wrote a term paper "proving" that there had been three gunmen in Dealey Plaza, I was a kid obsessed.
2:30 PM EDT, October 25, 2013
For art, the 1963 murder of a president became America's Guernica.
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