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This Happened

This Happened—November 22: JFK Assassination, Frozen In Time

An entire generation of Americans would ask: "Where were you when JFK was killed?" It was November 22, 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated as his motorcade rolled through Dallas, Texas.

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How was John F. Kennedy assassinated?

John F. Kennedy was visiting Dallas, Texas on a political visit to strengthen ties within the local Democratic party. Alongside his wife Jackie Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally, and his wife Nellie Connally, the 35th U.S. president rode through the streets of Dallas in his motorcade, waving back at the locals as they greeted him with cheers and applause.

As the convertible made its way through Dealey plaza, three shots rang out. Two bullets struck the president in the head and chest, while a third struck Governor Connally. JFK was pronounced dead 30 minutes later.

Who killed John F. Kennedy?

Seventy minutes after the shooting, former U.S. Marine Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested and charged with killing the president, as well as a Dallas police officer.

Oswald was killed in police custody two days later. A major investigation several years later, the Warren Commission, determined that Oswald had acted alone. The motives behind Kennedy’s assassination remain a mystery to this day, but various conspiracy theories have been suggested, including that the Cuban government, the mafia underworld or insiders in the U.S. government were behind the killing.

What happened after John F. Kennedy died?

Connally would recover in the aftermath, and Lyndon B. Johnson immediately became the 36th president of the United States. John F. Kennedy was the fourth U.S. president to be assassinated in office, and the eighth to ever die in office.

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How Vulnerable Are The Russians In Crimea?

Ukraine has stepped up attacks on the occupied Crimean peninsula, and Russia is doing all within its power to deny how vulnerable it has become.

Photograph of the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters with smoke rising above it after a Ukrainian missile strike.

September 22, 2023, Sevastopol, Crimea, Russia: Smoke rises over the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters after a Ukrainian missile strike.

Kyrylo Danylchenko

This article was updated Sept. 26, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.

Russian authorities are making a concerted effort to downplay and even deny the recent missile strikes in Russia-occupied Crimea.

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Media coverage in Russia of these events has been intentionally subdued, with top military spokesperson Igor Konashenkov offering no response to an attack on Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, or the alleged downing last week of Russian Su-24 aircraft by Ukrainian Air Defense.

The response from this and other strikes on the Crimean peninsula and surrounding waters of the Black Sea has alternated between complete silence and propagating falsehoods. One notable example of the latter was the claim that the Russian headquarters building of the Black Sea fleet that was hit Friday was empty and that the multiple explosions were mere routine training exercises.

Ukraine claimed on Monday that the attack killed Admiral Viktor Sokolov, the commander of Russia's Black Sea Fleet. "After the strike on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, 34 officers died, including the commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Another 105 occupiers were wounded. The headquarters building cannot be restored," the Ukrainian special forces said via Telegram.

But Sokolov was seen on state television on Tuesday, just one day after Ukraine claimed he'd been killed. The Russian Defense Ministry released footage of the admiral partaking in a video conference with top admirals and chiefs, including Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, though there was no verification of the date of the event.

Moscow has been similarly obtuse following other reports of missiles strikes this month on Crimea. Russian authorities have declared that all missiles have been intercepted by a submarine and a structure called "VDK Minsk", which itself was severely damaged following a Ukrainian airstrike on Sept. 13. The Russians likewise dismissed reports of a fire at the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet, attributing it to a mundane explosion caused by swamp gas.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has refrained from commenting on the military situation in Crimea and elsewhere, continuing to repeat that everything is “proceeding as planned.”

Why is Crimea such a touchy topic? And why is it proving to be so hard to defend?

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