Today in History: JFK’s Untimely Death

U.S. President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy are riding in the backseat of an open limousine on Main Street at Ervay Street as the presidential motorcade approaches Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. Only moments later the ride ends in the president's assassination. Texas Gov. John Connally, who will be wounded in the ambush attack, and his wife Nellie are seated in the limousine's jump seat. (AP Photo)

U.S. President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy are riding in the backseat of an open limousine on Main Street at Ervay Street as the presidential motorcade approaches Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. Only moments later the ride ends in the president’s assassination. Texas Gov. John Connally, who will be wounded in the ambush attack, and his wife Nellie are seated in the limousine’s jump seat. (AP Photo)

On Nov. 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was shot to death during a motorcade in Dallas.

Texas Gov. John B. Connally, riding in the same car as Kennedy, was seriously wounded, and the First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy reached out to her husband in horror.

Suspected gunman Lee Harvey Oswald was initially arrested for the murder of a police officer 45 minutes after Kennedy was shot. Two days after his arrest, Oswald was shot and killed by nightclub owner Jack Ruby.

The slaying of President Kennedy rocked the nation from shore to shore, and many who were alive at the time regularly recall what they were doing or where they were when they “heard the news.”

The song “Abraham, Martin and John,” by Dick Holler and popularized by Dion, reflects this sentiment and recalls the lives of four assassinated Americans, including two Kennedys.

Authors Aldous Huxley (Brave New World) and C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) also died on November 22nd.

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