The death of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, changed the nation and the political landscape of the United States.
One-shot from the top of a building was enough to end the life of one of the most beloved Presidents in modern U.S. history. It will forever be debated if Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone shooter or not and if there was a bigger conspiracy to kill the president.
President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas at 12:30 pm., and was taken to Parkland Hospital for emergency medical treatment, where he was pronounced dead 30 minutes later.
CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite was the first to give the news. Struggling to maintain composure and with sadness, he spoke:
“From Dallas, Texas, the flash apparently official, President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time – 2 o’clock Eastern Standard Time – some 38 minutes ago. Vice President Lyndon Johnson has left the hospital…” Cronkite said.
President Kennedy always put the United States as that shining city on a hill that gives hope and guidance to other countries and to people around the world as the place they can look for leadership.
“Its leaders have shaped our destiny long before the great republic was born. Its principles have guided our footsteps in times of crisis as well as in times of calm. Its democratic institutions–including this historic body–have served as beacon lights for other nations as well as our sister states.”