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The President and First Lady arrived in Dallas earlier that day and joined Texas Governor John Connally and his wife Nellie in an open convertible limosine. The procession also included the Vice President and his wife, who occupied another vehicle. Along the route through Downtown Dallas, thousands of people lined up to get a glimpse of the President. An estimated 150,000-200,000 people were on hand to see the motorcade.

As the car passed the Texas School Book Depository in Dealey Plaza, gunfire struck the President in the head and neck area and hit the Governor in the chest. The Governor, a World War II veteran and experienced hunter, would later testify that he recognized the sound of a high powered rifle almost immediately. Secret Service Agent Clint Hill (@clinthill_ss) launched himself onto the back of the limo in an effort to protect the President from further harm.

The motorcade then sped towards Parkland Memorial Hospital, which had been unaware of the car's impending arrival due to a communications issue. On the way to the hospital, the Governor and his wife heard Mrs. Kennedy saying more than once, "They have killed my husband." The trauma staff at the hospital noted that the President's condition was moribund (mortal wound), implying that he had no chance of survival once he arrived.

There has been much speculation regarding the number of shots fired and gunmen involved. An 888 page report issued by the Warren Commission in 1964 concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing the President.
Photo by Walt Cisco of the Dallas Morning News, minutes before the assassination. #jfk #jfk100

Although he was not the featured speaker and his speech only lasted approximately two minutes, President Lincoln delivered a masterpiece that is widely regarded as one of the most brilliant displays of public oratory. The President urged the crowd that it was upon them to "be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced". Furthermore, he proclaimed, "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Darwin R. James, John P. Poe, and Arthur L. Wheeler suffered serious damage in this rock-laced snowball fight. Photo courtesy of Princeton University Archives.

Shout out to you, @kyrieirving! Awesome gesture on Military Appreciation Night. Photos by @natlyphoto. H/t @fanduel #thisiswhyweplay #hoopsfortroops

We celebrate Veteran's Day #OnThisDay to honor those who have served and are currently serving this great nation. Initially the holiday was proclaimed Armistice Day due to the fact that a temporary cessation of hostilities took place between the Allied Nations and Germany on this day in 1918. The holiday was intended to honor only those who had served in World War I.
But in the 1940's a World War II veteran by the name of Raymond Weeks began the push to expand Armistice Day to include all veterans. In 1954, Congress amended the bill to replace "Armistice" with "Veteran". To this day, some refer to Weeks as the "Father of Veteran's Day". A big THANK YOU to all our heroes who have served and those that are currently serving in order to protect and defend our country! We salute you. (Jim Mahoney/Dallas Morning News)

Thanks for all you do, @marines! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ฏ photo by Getty.

"The 93-year-old, who served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater, got 53 percent of the vote compared to the incumbent's 46 percent. The margin was 2,449 to 2,146." - via Associated Press. Photo by Dan Radel.

Lincoln, a Republican and former Congressman in Illinois, defeated Southern Democrat John C. Breckinridge from Kentucky. Image: zuzahin/reddit

Congratulations, Shalene! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ photo courtesy of Getty Images.



Many kids save their piggy bank money to buy themselves treats or a new toy. But one 4-year-old girl in Colorado is using her cash to help a local police officer who is battling cancer. Sidney Fahrenbruch said the decision to donate her money to Officer Kyle Zulauf of the Longmont Police Department was an easy one. โ€œItโ€™s the nice thing to do,โ€ she told TODAY.

Zulauf, an Army veteran and father of three, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 1 1/2 years ago. His police department has been trying to raise the money he needs to pay for an additional surgery. In a way, Sidney is returning a favor to the police department. Earlier this year, another officer, David Bonday, came to her familyโ€™s new home after Sidney asked them to check for monsters โ€” an adorable story that made headlines across the U.S. Via today.com's Aliyah Frumin and @daviesheroes/@tanksgoodnews. Photos courtesy of the Longmont Police Department.

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