Sunday, November 22, 2015

President John F. Kennedy is Assassinated in 1963

(Originally published by the Daily News on November 23, 1963. This story was written by Paul Healy.)

DALLAS, TEX., Nov. 22 - President Kennedy was mortally wounded by a rifle bullet at 12:31 P.M. (1:31 P.M. New York time) today as he rode in an open convertible limousine leading a motorcade through the streets of Dallas. He died in Parkland Hospital 29 minutes later. Gov. John Connally of Texas was gravely wounded by the same assassin while seated directly in front of the President.

Seized soon after as the suspected slayer was a Soviet-loving young Texan, Lee Harvey Oswald of Fort Worth. Police think he may have fired the fatal round from the fifth floor of a building which the motorcade was passing.

Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, riding two cars behind, was unscathed, but in severe shock. He was admitted to the same hospital as the President and the Governor a few minutes after the shooting. But Johnson was soon released.

Johnson was sworn in as the 36th President of the United States at 2:39 P.M. (3:39 P.M. New York time) in the forward compartment of the Presidential plane at the airport. The new President and the body of the assassinated President were then flown to Washington.

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