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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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