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President Kennedy is assassinated

22 November 1963

Assassination of Kennedy

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    Where were you when you heard the news? People alive in the 1960s are still asked this question about the day US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. He was after all one of the most powerful men in the world. The event shook the world. The president had been shot whilst driving through Dallas in a convertible limousine with his beautiful wife, Jackie. Kennedy was a hugely popular president - charismatic, forward-looking and strong-minded - and his image became a benchmark for every subsequent presidential candidate.

     

    Just two days after the shooting, Lee Harvey Oswald, the man believed to be JFK's murderer, was himself killed. A Dallas nightclub owner had shot Oswald, claiming he 'did it for Jackie'. There are many conspiracy theories questioning whether Oswald was really was the killer, including rumours of gangsters, the Russians, even the CIA being involved.

     

    Image Copyright: John Frost Newspaper Archive

     

    Shelfmark: British Library Newspaper Archive

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