Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Wednesday's Today in History

John F. Kennedy Assassination

The assassination of John F. Kennedy, the thirty-first President of the United States, took place on a Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, USA at 12:30 P.M. Central Standard time.
Kennedy was fatally wounded by gunshots while riding with his wife in a presidential motorcade through Dealey Plaza. He was the fourth U.S. President to be assassinated and the eighth to die while in office.

An official investigation by the Warren Commission was conducted over a 10-month period, and its report was published in September 1964. The Commission concluded that the assassination was carried out solely by Lee Harvey Oswald, and employee of the Texas School Book Depository in Dealey Plaza. This conclusion initially met with widespread support among the American public, but polling in recent years shows a majority of that public now hold beliefs contrary to the Commission's findings.* A later official investigation by the House select Committee on assassinations (HSCA) was conducted from 1976 to 1979, and it concluded that Kennedy was assassinated by Oswald " a result of a conspiracy." The assassination is still the subject of widespread speculation, and has spawned several number of Kennedy assassination theories.


Donald Kirby said...

The JFK/Lee Harvey Oswald tour of Dallas is one of the best tours that I have been on. Our guide took us to all of the sites where JFK was assassinated and Oswald was arrested. It was eerie to enter into Texas Theatre where Oswald was arrested.

Jonathan Moorhead said...

A man in my Sunday School class was one of the motorcycle cops right behind JFK.