Today on November 22 1963, President John F Kennedy was assassinated while riding in his motorcade through Dallas, Texas.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States and held office for less than two years before being assassinated. JFK was a scion of the prominent Kennedy family and the first to reach the highest political office. Most of his tenure in the Oval Office focused on the Cold War and relations with the Soviet Union.
On Friday November 22, 1963, he was fatally shot by Lee Harvey Oswald while riding his presidential motorcade through Dallas. JFK was riding with his wife (‘Jackie’ Kennedy), as well as Texas Governor John Connally and his wife. Connally was also seriously wounded but fortunately survived. Throughout U.S. history, a total of four American Presidents have been assassinated including Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley. Vice President, Lyndon Johnson, assumed the Presidency after JFK passed away.
A ten month long investigation, known as the Warren Commision, was immediately launched following the assassination of JFK. The commission ultimately concluded that Oswald had acted alone. Before he could stand trial for his crime, Oswald was killed by a man named Jack Ruby. Over a decade later, the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations launched another investigation and found that JFK’s assassination was probably the result of conspiracy and that additional gunshots had been fired. This was certainly contrary to the conclusions of the Warren Commission right after the event. To this day, JFK’s assassination is still the subject of widespread debate with varying conspiracy theories.