1963: Assassination of John F. Kennedy

1963: Assassination of John F. Kennedy
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  • historical event: It is the anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. After the president was shot, Jacqueline Kennedy shouted: “They have killed my husband!” and “I have his brains in my hand”.

On this day at 12:30 local time, U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas. The first bullet hit him in the back of the neck, slightly damaged his cervical spine and exited in the middle of the throat, below the larynx, damaging the left side of the knot of his tie. The next bullet hit Kennedy in the back of the head and broke out on the right side of the skull, scattering the fragments of brain, skull and blood all over the car. The rear trunk lid, the front glass windshield, sun visors, adjacent Secret Service vehicle and even motorcycle officers riding on both sides were spattered.

Jacqueline Kennedy cried: “They have killed my husband!” and “I have his brains in my hand. In the same open car with the Kennedys was the Texas Governor John Connally and his wife. The governor was also hit by one bullet and was seriously injured, but he survived. An official investigation believed that the perpetrator was Lee Harvey Oswald and that he acted alone, but according to surveys, more than 80% of Americans believe that there was a conspiracy and cover-up behind it. Only two days after the Kennedy assassination, Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby.

Another unusual curiosity: on the same day that Kennedy was killed – fateful 22 November 1963 – two world-famous writers also died (CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley).

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