The Assassination of John F Kennedy

Black and white picture of JFK and his wife the day of the assassination in a open air car.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States, serving from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963.

He was the youngest ever to be elected and also the first Roman Catholic president. Kennedy was part of one of America’s most famous families: his father Joseph P. Kennedy Sr served as ambassador to Britain under President Franklin D Roosevelt; while his brother Robert F Kennedy became attorney general under President John F Kennedy, another brother Edward M “Ted” Kennedy would go on to represent Massachusetts in Congress for 47 years before becoming a US senator after JFK’s death (and eventually running for president himself).

Kennedy’s presidency saw many successes but also several failures and challenges – he led America through its greatest peacetime military buildup since World War II; yet he failed miserably when it came to getting involved in Vietnam, where more than 100 000 Americans were killed during his administration alone.

The shooting happened during an open-car motorcade at Dealey Plaza.

The assassination took place in Dallas, Texas. It was at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas that the president was shot and killed. He was riding through the city in an open-car motorcade. The shooting occurred on 22 November 1963 at 12:30 p.m.

Assassination of John F. Kennedy Motorcade. JFK is looking out of his car, smiling. With a car behind him and a cop on a motorcycle on his other side.
JFK’s motorcade on November 22nd

Kennedy died from gunshot wounds to his neck and head.

On November 22, 1963, President John F Kennedy was shot as he rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas. Shot twice by Lee Harvey Oswald in quick succession, Kennedy died within an hour and a half at Parkland Memorial Hospital. 

Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson becomes President of the United States upon Kennedy’s death.

On November 22, 1963, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as president aboard Air Force One by federal judge Sarah T. Hughes.

Before becoming vice president, Johnson had served nine terms as a U.S. Senator from Texas (1949-1961). He won the 1960 Democratic nomination for president but lost to Kennedy in the general election by about 120,000 popular votes and less than 1% of the electoral vote.”

Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for murdering Officer Tippit and was charged with the assassination of Kennedy as well as murder of Officer Tippit.

Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested in a movie theater on November 22, 1963 and charged with murdering Officer Tippit and President Kennedy. He was tried for the murder of Kennedy, but before his trial could begin he was shot by Jack Ruby while being escorted through the basement of Dallas police headquarters. Ruby claimed that he killed Oswald because he wanted to spare Jackie Kennedy from having to testify at his trial.

Ruby tried to plead self-defense but was convicted of murder and sentenced to death by electric chair; however, his conviction was overturned because the presiding judge did not allow testimony about Ruby’s mental state during the crime. He died of cancer in 1967 without ever being retried for killing Oswald.

It is suspected that a conspiracy involving the CIA and organized crime resulted in the assassination; but none of these allegations have been proven.

  • Lee Harvey Oswald was a former Marine who defected to the Soviet Union in 1959, but returned to the United States in 1962.
  • He was arrested for murdering Officer Tippit and charged with the assassination of Kennedy as well as murder of Officer Tippit. He denied these charges and was later shot by Jack Ruby while being escorted through Dallas police headquarters.

It is unclear whether Lee Harvey Oswald was behind the assassination or whether he had accomplices.

Oswald was a former Marine who defected to the Soviet Union in 1959. He was a supporter of Fidel Castro and was a communist. He was a self-proclaimed Marxist and a supporter of the Cuban revolution.

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