U.S. President John F. Kennedy assassinated

by | Nov 22, 2017 | On This Day |

U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963,  while his motorcade was travelling through Dallas, Texas.

Kennedy was hit in the head and throat when three shots were fired at his open-topped car. Governor John Connally was also seriously injured when one of the sniper’s bullets hit him in the back.

Immediately after the incident, the president’s limousine was driven to Parklands Hospital. He was alive on time of admission but died at 1400 local time – 35 minutes after being shot.

Law enforcement agencies stormed the School Book Depository building moments after the shots were fired and recovered a rifle with a telescopic sight, said to be the assassination weapon.

Vice-President Lyndon Johnson was quickly sworn in as President on Air Force One in Dallas, just two hours after Kennedy was assassinated, amid suspicions of a conspiracy against the government.

A 10-month investigation by the Warren Commission from November 1963 to September 1964 held former marine Lee Harvey Oswald responsible for the shooting, adding that he acted alone.

Oswald’s case never came to trial. Two days after the assassination, as he was being escorted to a car in the basement of Dallas Police Headquarters, Oswald was fatally shot by nightclub owner Jack Ruby.