45 Years Since JFK Assassinated

Saturday marks the 45th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

He was shot while riding in his motorcade in Dallas, Texas and died soon after.

Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with killing the 35th president of the United States, though many doubt he acted alone.

At the time of his death, JFK left behind his wife, Jacqueline, and two young children, Caroline and John.

He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

The nation was shocked by the shooting. People talk about where they were or what they were doing when they heard the news. We invite you to comment and tell us what you remember.


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  • by mom Location: pitt co. on Nov 23, 2008 at 06:58 AM
    I was in 8th grade, it was lunchtime, and someone who had a transistor radio was playing the news break about Kennedy being shot and taken to Parkland Hospital. My junior high was less than 30 min. away from Dallas. All I remember was the crying and sorrow like we had lost a favorite uncle. The principal came over the intercom in the next period (I was in Science) and said a prayer for his family after announcing Kennedy was dead. My sister's Brownies were to meet that afternoon, but the my mom and her co-leader cancelled. This was a day that changed life in the USA.
  • by Tim Location: La Grange on Nov 22, 2008 at 10:13 PM
    I wasn't born yet when JFK was assassinated, but I remember 1968 when his brother Robert was murdered. I have often wondered what kind of a world we would be in if both brothers would have lived. I wish it would be a better one. God bless you both, Jack and Bobby. We need you.
  • by Bob Location: Tucson, Arizona on Nov 22, 2008 at 02:54 PM
    I was in the 9th grade at Druid Hills High School in Atlanta, GA. I happened to be in the Principal's Office when WSB Radio in Atlanta came on with the news. It as then announced over the PA system. I never did see the Principal, they sent me back to class and we listened to the radio over the PA until the dismissal bell rang. No, I wasn't in trouble, I had gone to the office at the request of my teacher for some reason I long forgot.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2008 at 12:05 PM
    It is today, Nov. 22...not tomorrow. I remember being at work and hearing the news on the radio...while in the drafting room of an architectural firm. It was my cousin's 21st birthday, also.
  • by unk on Nov 22, 2008 at 11:57 AM
    I was 7 years old, and I remember getting out of school at 1:00pm EST. We were not told why we were getting out early. That Sunday morning, I too was watching the TV news when Oswald was led out and shot on live TV. My parents to this day believe the fatal head shot to Kennedy came from behind the picket fence. They were in their 30's at the time of the assasination. They also saw the Zapruder film before they censored the head shot.
  • by WOLFGANG Location: CHOCOWINITY,NC on Nov 22, 2008 at 09:04 AM
    I was in 3rd grade at the time in Morris County New Jersey. My teacher was called out of our class. She came back in tears and crying. We were all confused she was like in shock. She left again without saying a word. An other teacher came in our classroom,and told us what happened. That the school was closing early. We all walked home there was no school bus service at that time where I lived. My mother had our Black and White TV on " 1963 " my mom liked JFK to her it was like she lost a brother she took it hard. People like JFK back then. My dad liked Nixon. A few days later we all watched the horses and the casket as he was buried. Like JFK or not it was a very sad time in America. At an older age I went to Arlington to see his grave and the eternal flame. Very, very sad very,very sad. Live and let live.
  • by elaine Location: washington on Nov 22, 2008 at 07:08 AM
    i believe the date is november 22nd, not the 23rd.
  • by Bill Location: Kinston on Nov 22, 2008 at 07:02 AM
    I was six years old and for some reason was not in school that day. I remember driving to town with my mother, and then everyone was huddled around the radio in a department store (I can still remember which one). A few days later I saw Oswald shot on live TV. Quite an experience for a six year old back then.
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