November 22, 1963 – John F. Kennedy assassinated

November 22, 1963 – John F. Kennedy assassinated

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th president of the United States, is assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

On the afternoon of November 22, President Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline sat with Texas Governor John Connally and his wife in a motorcade though downtown Dallas. Riding in an open-top convertible, the Kennedys and Connallys waved at the enthusiastic crowd gathered along the parade route.

As their vehicle passed the Texas School Book Depository Building, 24-year-old Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly fired three shots from the sixth floor, fatally wounding President Kennedy and seriously injuring Governor Connally. The 46-year-old Kennedy was pronounced dead 30 minutes later.

Oswald, an ex-U.S. Marine, lived in the USSR from 1959 to 1962 and worked in Dallas as a communist organizer. Less than an hour after Kennedy was shot, Oswald killed a policemen who questioned him on the street. He was arrested shortly after in a movie theater.

On November 24, he was shot to death in a police station by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby, who claimed that rage at Kennedy’s murder was the motive for his action.