JFK Assassination: 50 Years Later

November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Check out the photos from the day of assassination and learn more about Kennedy's tragic death.

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. On November 22, 1963, Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas for his upcoming re-election campaign. Click to see more photos from the day of the assassination and what happened following his death.
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President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy arrived at the Dallas Airport on Nov. 22, 1963, the day he was assassinated. Kennedy's campaign tour of Texas included visits to San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth, Dallas and Austin.
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President Kennedy was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd in front of the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth, Nov. 22, 1963, the day he was assassinated.
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President Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy were riding in a motorcade moments before the president was fatally shot in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 22, 1963. Between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Kennedy stopped the car several times to talk to citizens who approached his limousine.
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President Kennedy was seen riding in motorcade approximately one minute before he was shot. In the car riding with Kennedy were Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy (right), Nellie Connally (left), and her husband, Gov. John Connally of Texas.
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President Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy were riding in the backseat of an open limousine as the motorcade approached Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas. Only moments later the ride ended in the president's assassination.
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As the limousine proceeded along Elm Street past the Texas School Book Depository, President Kennedy appeared to raise his hand toward his head within seconds of being fatally shot. Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy held the President's forearm in an effort to aid him. Gov. John Connally of Texas, who was in the front seat, was also shot.
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At around 12:30 p.m., Kennedy was shot and taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Shown in the photo, Kennedy slumped down in the back seat of the limousine after being fatally shot. Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy leaned over the president as Secret Service agent Clinton Hill rode on the back of the car.
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President Kennedy's limousine sped along Elm Street toward the Stemmons Freeway overpass moments after he was shot. Secret Service agent Clint Hill was seen on the back of the car as Jacqueline Kennedy tended to her fatally wounded husband. Kennedy was pronounced dead at Parkland Hospital 30 minutes after his assassination.
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This archive photo showed the bloodstained interior of Kennedy's limousine after his assassination, shown May 3, 1994. The photo, taken after the vehicle was returned to Washington from Dallas, was part of nearly 50,000 photos and documents released from the assassination investigation.
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Secret Service agent Clint Hill climbed into the back seat of the limousine a moment after President John F. Kennedy and Governor John Connally of Texas were shot in Dallas, Nov. 22, 1963. Black arrow pointed to Mrs. Connally ducking bullets, and white arrow pointed out the agent's foot, mistakenly thought to be the president's when the photo first ran.
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Less than an hour after the shooting, Lee Harvey Oswald killed police officer J.D. Tippit, who questioned him on the street. Thirty minutes after that, he was arrested in a movie theater by police. Oswald was formally arraigned on November 23 for the murders of President Kennedy and Officer Tippit.
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Nearly an hour after the shooting, a rifle was found on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository building. Police Lt. J.C. Day was shown holding aloft the bolt-action rifle with telescopic sight which was allegedly used in JFK's assassination.
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Lee Harvey Oswald stood before newsmen in a Dallas police station where he repeatedly denied that he had assassinated President Kennedy.
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On November 24, 1963, Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub operator, shot Oswald in his abdomen as authorities were preparing to transfer Oswald from the police basement to the nearby country jail. To the left was Jim Leavelle, the officer who was escorting Oswald through the Dallas police station.
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M.N. McDonald, Dallas patrolman who participated in the capture of Lee Harvey Oswald, said he arrested two kids for stealing hubcaps, Nov. 23, 1963. "That makes me an ordinary cop, I guess," he said. He was shown holding a revolver of Lee Harvey Oswald's.
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On November 25, 1963, President Kennedy was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. Heads of state and representatives from more than 100 countries attended the funeral. This photo shows a general view outside St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C., during Kennedy's funeral, with flag-draped coffin in the foreground.
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Mourners knelt as the body of President Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, November 25, 1963.
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The flag-draped casket of President Kennedy lay in state in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Nov. 23, 1963.
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Jacqueline Kennedy, widow of slain President Kennedy, held her children's hands outside St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, after funeral Mass for the president, Nov. 25, 1963. Front row from left: Caroline, Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy Jr. Back row: the president's brothers, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (left), and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
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Former Senate Counsel James Johnston held up a photograph of Gilberto Lopez y Rivas taken on Nov. 27, 1963 while testifying on Capitol Hill, Nov. 17, 1993 before the hearing on documents relating to JFK's assassination. Johnston presented the photo to the committee saying that Lopez fled to Cuba after the assassination.
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