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John F. Kennedy Assassinated 44 Years Ago Today

Kennedy's Inaugural Address offered the memorable injunction: "Ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country."

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(SALEM, Ore. ) - John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the thirty-fifth President of the United States, was assassinated 44-years ago today.

Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, at 12:30 PM CST, at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested in a theatre about 80 minutes after the assassination, and was charged with the crime, but was murdered two days later by Jack Ruby before he could be put on trial. Oswald denied shooting anyone, claiming he was a patsy.

On November 29, 1963, President Johnson created the Warren Commission — chaired by Chief Justice Earl Warren — to investigate the assassination.

It concluded that Oswald was the lone assassin, but this remains widely disputed by some scholars and eye witnesses of the assassination.

Approximately 80% of the American people have consistently not believed the Commission's findings since the mid-1960s in many Gallup Polls taken on the issue of Oswald's guilt or innocence, partly due to the findings in the Zapruder film that many believe shows the fatal shot being fired from the front, allege many witnesses who ran towards the infamous Grassy Knoll area.

After Kennedy's leadership as commander of the USS PT-109 during World War II in the South Pacific, his aspirations turned political.

Kennedy represented the state of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953 as a Democrat, and in the U.S. Senate from 1953 until 1961.

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Kennedy defeated former Vice President and Republican candidate Richard Nixon in the 1960 U.S. presidential election, one of the closest in American history. To date, he is the only practicing Roman Catholic to be elected President and the only President to have won a Pulitzer Prize.

His administration witnessed the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building of the Berlin Wall, the Space Race, the American Civil Rights Movement and early events of the Vietnam War.

Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery with his wife Jacqueline and their deceased minor children, and his brother, the late Senator Robert Kennedy is also buried nearby.

Information from White House Biography and Wikipedia

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chuck December 6, 2007 8:03 am (Pacific time)

who killed jfk

GodsofChaos November 28, 2007 8:53 am (Pacific time)

The main reason why I believe it was an inside job was Kennedy's security forces and driver just stood idly by while he was being shoot. Watch the footage again and look at the driver.He kept looking back and driving at 5 MPH until the fatal kill blow was delivered and then he hit the pedal to the metal. He looked back five or six times if I remember correctly. Also where were his body guards? Why didn't the get the President to safety? Why did they cover the President only after the killing blow was delivered? Unlike 9/11 I think the conspiracy theorists on the JFK assassination have valid points. "the building of the Berlin Wall" I thought the Russians built the Berlin wall right after WWII so the East German's couldn't escape.I.E. during Truman's administration because he was still president in the early fifties. Oh and by the way don't you find it mysterious that Oswald himself was assassinated before he could go to trail?

JB November 22, 2007 8:03 pm (Pacific time)

As quoted in "Full Metal Jacket" This shows what one motivated Marine and his rifle can do.

Brijesh November 22, 2007 12:30 pm (Pacific time)

good story

New Town November 22, 2007 11:09 am (Pacific time)

JFK was a great and inspirational leader - I wish W. had even an ounce of that greatness.....

incognito November 22, 2007 10:42 am (Pacific time)

Everyone with common knowledge knows that Oswald did not commit the crime. The CIA was involved in both the murders of JFK and RFK. That is how both Johnson and Nixon came into power.

Dennis November 22, 2007 10:27 am (Pacific time)

I have mixed feelings, honestly don't know who was involved. The more i read the more confused i am

aloha November 22, 2007 9:38 am (Pacific time)

The grassy knoll did it! I swear! oh yeah, and the river did 9/11, by the way. Get Real, conspiracy theorists and 9/11 Truthers.

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