Assassination of John F. Kennedy

Kennedy in his motorcade in Dallas, Texas, moments before he was assassinated
Kennedy in his motorcade in Dallas, Texas, moments before he was assassinated

Historical Context

For many people the assassination of John F. Kennedy is a 'flashbulb memory' - a memory they can instantly recall where they were when the news broke of his death.

Kennedy rode in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, when Lee Harvey Oswald sniped him from the School Book Depository, above the procession route.

Many conspiracy theories have ensued - that Oswald either did or didn't act alone, that government agencies and foreign nations were involved, or that a second sniper existed on the infamous 'grassy knoll.'

Whatever the case, Kennedy was a young, charismatic politician who had high approval ratings, and his death was mourned as a tragedy by many people in America and beyond.

Photo Info


Date taken: November 22, 1963
Location taken: Dallas, Texas, USA

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