Assassination of John F. Kennedy
|John F. Kennedy assassination|
President Kennedy with his wife, Jacqueline, and Texas Governor John Connally in the presidential limousine, minutes before his assassination.
|Date||November 22, 1963
12:30 p.m. (Central Time)
|Attack type||Sniper rifle|
|Deaths||1 killed (President Kennedy)|
|Injured||2 wounded (Governor Connally and James Tague)|
|Perpetrator(s)||Lee Harvey Oswald|
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States was assassinated at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (18:30 UTC) on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. This happened while he was traveling in a Presidential motorcade with his wife Jacqueline, Texas governor John Connally, and the governor's wife, Nellie.
An investigation into what happened was done by the Warren Commission in 1963–1964. It took 10 months. The commission said that the President was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald. Oswald acted alone, and no one else was involved. Lee Harvey Oswald was shot by Jack Ruby. Ruby also officially acted alone.
Another investigation was done by the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) in 1979. They found that President John F. Kennedy was probably killed as a result of a conspiracy (a secret plot). The HSCA found both the original FBI investigation and the Warren Commission Report to have big mistakes. They agree with the Commission that Oswald fired all the shots. But they say that there were at least four shots fired. They also say that it was very likely that two gunmen fired at the President. No gunmen or groups involved in the conspiracy were pointed out by the committee. They said that the CIA, the Soviet Union, organized crime and several other groups were not involved. This was based on what they knew at the time.
The assassination is still the subject of a lot of debate. There are a lot of conspiracy theories.
References[change | edit source]
- Gary Langer (November 16, 2003). "John F. Kennedy’s Assassination Leaves a Legacy of Suspicion". ABC News. http://abcnews.go.com/images/pdf/937a1JFKAssassination.pdf. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
- Jarrett Murphy, 40 Years Later: Who Killed JFK?, CBS News, November 21, 2003.
- "Report of the Select Committee on Assassinations of the U.S. House of Representatives". United States National Archives. 1979. http://www.archives.gov/research/jfk/select-committee-report/. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
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