Nov 22, 2013
By Scott Walker
It was one of the defining moments of Zoomer life. One of the watershed moments. One of the “where were you when….” questions.
Fifty years ago today, US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald at 1:30 Eastern time as the President and his wife, Jackie, were travelling in an open convertible. Half an hour later, he was pronounced dead in hospital.
The United States, and much of the world, went into mourning. The US television networks cancelled all regular programming as the assassination, the state funeral, and the moments in between, became the sole focus of television coverage.
The drama continued as Oswald was shot by Jack Ruby as he was surrounded by police officials. Conspiracy theories have abounded ever since about Kennedy being a target of the mob, or the CIA. But the official story is that Lee Harvey Oswald was acting alone.