Last Sunday Marked the 58th Anniversary of JFK Assassination

Kennedy with his wife, moments before he was shot.

Credits: U.S. National Archives

Kennedy with his wife, moments before he was shot.

Taylor Koch, Editor

Timeline of the Kennedy assassination: 

11:46 a.m. – President and Mrs. Kennedy decided to bypass plans and greet approaching crowds at the fence line of Love Field. 

11:52 a.m. – Limousine leaves Love Field airport, headed to the luncheon at the  Dallas Trade Mart. 

12:21 p.m. – Limousine turns down Main Street, passing the Adolphus Hotel (there are over 15,000 people lined down the ten mile motorcade route). 

12:30 p.m. – President Kennedy and Governor Connally are shot near Dallas’ Dealey Plaza, and rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital. 

12:40 p.m. – The CBS network interrupts a TV soap opera to announce that the president has been shot. 

12:45 p.m. – First description of the suspect is reported by police, and members of the cabinet and family are contacted. 

12:58 p.m. – Lee Harvey Oswald races home to retrieve a pistol, then waits at a bus stop. 

1:00 p.m.- Doctors pronounce Kennedy dead

1: 15 p.m. – Police officer J.D. is shot and killed at the corner of 10th street 

1:22 p.m. – Dallas officers find hidden rifle on the sixth floor in the Texas School Book Depository

1:30 p.m. – Press secretary, Malcom Kilduff gives the official announcement of the president’s death. 

On the day of November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy and his wife flew to Dallas Texas for a campaign event. The plan was to arrive in Dallas by 11:40, and head straight to the hotel in order to give the speech at 1:00. Instead, Kennedy decided to greet everyone lined up at the gates by the airport. About thirty minutes later, they were set to head towards the hotel, first having to drive through main street with over 15,000 people in their way. As the 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible made its way down the street, screeches were heard, and the pink Chanel suit that Mrs. Kennedy was wearing was now covered in blood. The president was shot, but was he dead? 

Racing to the nearest hospital (Parkland Memorial), driver William Greer tries not to panic as the back seat is covered with blood, and screeches from Jackie Kennedy. Hundreds of people swarm the hospital, making it nearly impossible to get the president through. Rushing in, doctors aid Kennedy doing all they can. Meanwhile, all tv networks are interrupted to announce the shooting, and give key details about the suspect (Lee Oswald). Only thirty minutes after being shot in the head, John Fitzgerald Kennedy is pronounced dead. 

“ I was only in second grade, but I remember everything,” Sue explains. “We would line up in the gym for our bus-I was in line for my bus when the announcement came over the PA system. I was only 8 but I knew it was something very very bad. I remember watching everything on TV-it was a very very sad time.” 

After hours and hours, police catch up to Lee Harvey Oswald, and arrest him. He is kept in the basement of the Dallas police headquarters for two days until transferred to another jail. As police escort him out, club owner Jack Ruby fatally shoots Oswald. He was given the death sentence, but after being diagnosed with cancer, passed away at the same hospital JFK died in. 

Now, 58 years later, John Kennedy is still remembered as one of the most influential presidents. After signing the first nuclear weapons, establishing the Peace Corps, and continuing the Apollo program which led to the first moon landing, he became one of the greatest presidents in American history.