In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, we’re celebrating JFK’s most poignant quotes — like this one, said at the opening of a USIA Transmitter in Greenville, N.C., February 8, 1963.
When it’s bouncing around and playing back at a jittery 18 frames per second, the infamous Zapruder footage of John F. Kennedy’s assassination feels almost unreal. But when it’s stabilized with additional interpolated frames bringing it to a steady 30 frames per second (like we’re used to seeing on TV) it suddenly becomes much more real.
“On the plane back to Washington, in her pink Chanel suit, caked with her husband’s blood, Jackie Kennedy resisted all suggestions from aides that she clean herself up. Instead, she just said, “Let them see what they’ve done.”
But for the half century since John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, the most famous artifact from that day, one of the most recognizable articles of clothing ever worn, has been seen by almost no one. Now preserved by the National Archives in a climate-controlled vault outside of Washington, it is subject to Kennedy family restrictions that it not be seen for almost a century more .
If there is a single item that captures both the shame and the violence that erupted that day, and the glamour and artifice that preceded it, it is Jackie Kennedy’s bloodstained pink suit, a tantalizing window on fame and fashion, her allure and her steely resolve, the things we know about her and the things we never quite will.”
Fifty years ago today, a grieving nation awakes to read that the nightmare is real: President John F. Kennedy, 46, has died, killed by an assassin’s bullet.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that President Johnson has been sworn in and wounded Texas Gov. John Connally is not in danger. A “defector” who police say was leaving the shooting scene has been identified. His name: Lee Harvey Oswald.
One of the most moving documents to emerge from the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination is a radio broadcast. It’s WGBH’s audio of what was supposed to be just another Friday afternoon concert given by the Boston Symphony Orchestra — which turned into an eloquent elegy for JFK.
"He held my hand, I remember that he held my hand…" -Jackie Kennedy
November 22, 1963- In a brief moment of affection, upon arrival in Dallas, Jack took Jackie by the hand for a moment after greeting crowds. Jackie would later remember that moment as one of the most vivid memories of that day.