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Sunday, 22 November 2015
The life and death of John F. Kennedy
Following are photos of the life and death of President John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, who was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963.
Circa 1925: President John F. Kennedy at the age of eight. Kennedy was the second of nine children born to Rose and Joseph Kennedy.
1937: Joseph Patrick Kennedy (right), then the newly appointed ambassador to London, with his wife Rose Kennedy (second from right) and eight of their nine children, in London. From left: Edward, Jean, Robert, Patricia, Eunice, Kathleen, Rosemary and John F. Kennedy who later became the 35th President of the United States.
Jan. 5, 1938: Joseph P. Kennedy, left, U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, stands with his son, John F. Kennedy, in New York. Kennedy, born in 1917, was the second son, and one of nine children, of business tycoon Joseph P. Kennedy. When first son Joseph Jr. was killed during World War II, Jack became the designated heir. Himself a Navy veteran and survivor of a collision with a Japanese destroyer, he would write to his friend Paul Fay that, once the war was over, "I'll be back here with Dad trying to parlay a lost PT boat and a bad back into a political advantage."
July 5, 1938: John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his brother Joseph, Jr. (L),
surround their father in Southampton on the deck of French "Normandy"
cruiser liner after their arrival from the U.S.
September 1939: Joe, Kathleen and John F. Kennedy, children of American
Ambassador to Great Britain, Joseph P. Kennedy, arriving at the Houses
of Parliament in London.
1946: John F. Kennedy at one of his congressional campaign headquarters. He served in Congress from 1947-1953.
1950s: American politicians and future Presidents Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy with other freshmen Congressmen in Washington D.C.
Sept. 12, 1953: Sen. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Democratic senator for
Massachusetts, escorts his bride Jacqueline Lee Bouvier down the church
aisle shortly after their wedding ceremony at Newport, Rhode Island.
Aug. 10, 1960: Democratic nominee Sen. John Fitzgerald Kennedy his wife
Jacqueline and their daughter Caroline pose for the media outside their
house in Hyannis Port.
Aug. 21, 1960: Sen. John F. Kennedy, Democratic presidential nominee, speaks to an audience in Des Moines, Iowa.
Sept. 26, 1960: Moderator Howard K. Smith sits between Sen. John
Kennedy, left, and Vice President Richard Nixon as they appear on
television studio monitor set during their debate in Chicago.
October 1960: Sen. John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, campaign in New York.
Campaign 1960: Sen. John F Kennedy is given a rousing ovation during his presidential campaign.
Nov. 8, 1960: Election Day: U.S. Democratic nominee Sen. John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline address supporters during an election meeting.
Nov. 8, 1960: Election Day: Democratic nominee Sen. John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline address supporters during an election meeting.
Jan. 20, 1961: John F. Kennedy takes the Oath of Office for President of the United States in Washington.
Jan. 20, 1961: American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy stands on a
platform for his inauguration as 35th President on the east front of the
U.S. Capitol. (L-R) His parents, Rose and Joseph Kennedy, First Lady
Jacqueline Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his wife,
Lady Bird Johnson accompany him on the platform.
Jan. 20, 1961: President John F. Kennedy is driven through the crowded streets with his wife Jacqueline on the day of his inauguration.
June 2, 1961: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev with U.S. President John F. Kennedy at the U.S. Embassy during their summit meeting in Vienna.
Jan. 18, 1962: U.S. President John F. Kennedy looks over notes at his desk in the White House.
Oct. 22, 1962: President John F. Kennedy makes a national television
speech from Washington. He announced a naval blockade of Cuba until
Soviet missiles are removed.
Oct. 22, 1962: President John F. Kennedy addresses the nation by
television and radio from the Oval Office in Washington, announcing a
U.S. naval blockade of Cuba.
Aug. 23, 1963: Three brothers: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., center,
poses with his brothers U. S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, left,
and President John F. Kennedy at the White House in Washington.
Sept. 2, 1963: President John Kennedy talks with CBS ancor Walter
Cronkite during a taped television interview at the President's summer
home at Hyannis Port, Ma. Two-and-a half months later, Cronkite would
announce the President's death in one of television's most memorable
Nov. 13, 1963: U.S. President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline
Kennedy sit with their children, John Jr. and Caroline, on a portico
overlooking the White House South Lawn in Washington. In background is
British Ambassador David Ormsby Gore.
Nov. 22, 1963: Fort Worth: President John F. Kennedy is greeted by an
enthusiastic crowd in front of the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth. Later, he
would head to Dallas.
Nov. 22, 1963: Dallas: President John F. Kennedy and his wife,
Jacqueline Kennedy, arrive at Love Field airport in Dallas, as a
television camera, above, follows them.
Nov. 22, 1963: Dallas: President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline
Kennedy ride with secret agents in an open car motorcade shortly before
the president was assassinated in Dallas.
Nov. 22, 1963: Dallas: President John F. Kennedy and first lady
Jacqueline Kennedy ride in the backseat of an open limousine on Main
Street at Ervay Street as the presidential motorcade approaches Dealey
Plaza in downtown Dallas. Only moments later the ride would end in the
president's assassination. Texas Gov. John Connally, who would be
wounded in the ambush attack, and his wife Nellie are seated in the
limousine's jump seat.
Nov. 22, 1963: Dallas: The motorcade of President John F. Kennedy is
shown cruising down Main Street in Dallas moments before shots were
fired at his limousine.
Nov. 22, 1963: Dallas: Close-up view of President and Mrs. Kennedy and Texas Gov. John Connally and his wife Nellie in the Dallas motorcade.
Nov. 22, 1963: Dallas: John F. Kennedy, 35th president, and his wife
Jacqueline Kennedy travel in the presidential motorcade at Dallas,
before his assassination.
Nov. 22, 1963: Dallas: President John F. Kennedy slumps against his wife
as the bullet from an assassin's rifle strikes him in the head in
Dallas, Texas. Gov. John Connally of Texas, who was wounded in the
attack, begins to turn around just to the left of Mrs. Kennedy. Picture
by Mrs. Mary Ann Moorman, wife of a Dallas plumber, with a Polaroid
Nov. 22, 1963: Dallas: Just after John F. Kennedy, president of the
United States, has been hit by bullets, Jacqueline Kennedy stands up in
the presidential car to lift up the body of her husband. In the
foreground, the body guard riding on the back fender leans toward them.
Nov. 22, 1963: Dallas: Undated photo of J.D. Tippit, a member of the
Dallas Police Department who was killed while seeking the assassin of
President John F. Kennedy in a Dallas theater. Police arrested Lee
Harvey Oswald in the theater and filed murder charges against him in
connection with Tippit's death.
Nov. 22, 1963: Dallas: Lee Harvey Oswald is escorted in handcuffs by
Dallas police for questioning following the assassination of president
John F. Kennedy.
Nov. 23, 1963: Dallas: Mugshot of Lee Harvey Oswald, alleged assassin of
President John F. Kennedy, taken by the Dallas Police department,
Nov. 22 1963: Dallas: Lee Harvey Oswald is detained by a police officer while under arrest, Dallas, Texas.
Nov. 22, 1963: Dallas: Texas School Book Depository, site of John F. Kennedy assassination, is shown in a later photo.
Nov. 22, 1963: Dallas: The view from the sixth floor window of the Texas
School Book Depository in Dallas, from which Lee Harvey Oswald is
thought to have assassinated President John F. Kennedy. This photograph
was taken approximately one hour after the assassination.
Nov. 22, 1963: Dallas: In this photo taken at a later date, an X near
the Texas School Book Depository building in Dallas, Texas marks the
spot of the fatal shot that killed President John F. Kennedy.
Nov. 22, 1963: Dallas: A map of Oak Cliff in Dallas, showing the
location of eyewitnesses to the movements of Lee Harvey Oswald in the
vicinity of the killing of police officer J. D. Tippit. Tippit was shot
by Oswald while attempting to bring him in for questioning in relation
to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Nov. 22, 1963: Parkland Hospital, Dallas: Lyndon B. Johnson leaves
Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas after learning that the President
Kennedy had been assassinated. This is the only known moving picture of
Johnson at Parkland that day. The 45 minute silent, black and white film
has been turned over to the Assassination Records Review Board, the
independent agency created by Congress to compile public record on the
assassination. Johnson was sworn in as president a short time later.
Nov. 22, 1963: Aboard Air Foce One, Dallas: Lyndon Baines Johnson takes
the oath of office to become the 36th President of the United States as
he is sworn in by US Federal Judge Sarah T. Hughes (left) on the
presidential aircraft, Air Force One in Dallas, Texas. Kennedy's widow,
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy stands beside him at right.
Nov. 22, 1963: Dallas: People line the street as the hearse bearing the
body of slain U.S. President John F. Kennedy drives past a television
truck as it leaves Parkland Hospital in Dallas, to be flown to
Nov. 22, 1963: Washington, D.C.: A Navy ambulance near Air Force One
waits for the body of slain President John Fitzgerald Kennedy,
assassinated in Dallas, and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy at Andrews Air
Force Base, just outside Washington, D.C. After Air Force One landed,
the body of President Kennedy was taken to Bethesda Naval Hospital for
an immediate autopsy.
Nov. 22, 1963: Washington, D.C.: First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, her
dress stained with blood, stands with Attorney General Robert F.
Kennedy, holding her hand, as they watch the casket of her slain
husband, President John F. Kennedy, placed in an ambulance at Andrews
Air Force Base, Md., near Washington. The body of the president was
flown from Dallas, Texas, where he was fatally shot earlier in the day.
At right are Evelyn Lincoln, glasses, and Kenneth O'Donnell of the White
House staff. Mrs. Lincoln was the late president's personal secretary.
Nov. 23, 1963: Washington, D.C.: Arrival in Washington D.C. of the
casket containing the body of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy from
Dallas is followed by Jacqueline and Robert Kennedy in Washington, D.C.
Nov. 22, 1963: Washington, D.C.: First lady Jacqueline Kennedy and
Robert Kennedy get into the Navy ambulance which carries the body of
slain President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, at Andrews Air Force Base, just
outside Washington, DC. After Air Force One landed, the body of
President Kennedy was taken to Bethesda Naval Hospital for an immediate
autopsy. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated on November
22, 1963 in Dallas.
November 1963: Dallas: Marina Oswald is shown with her mother-in-law,
Marguerite Claverie Oswald, in the police station in Dallas where her
husband, Lee Harvey Oswald is accused in the assassination of President
John F. Kennedy. The men are unidentified.
Nov. 23, 1963: A view inside the Washington Cathedral during a memorial
service for slain President John F. Kennedy. The services were sponsored
by the Council of Churches of Greater Washington. Kennedy was shot by
an assassin in Dallas.
Nov. 23, 1963: Washington, D.C.: The casket containing the body of President John F. Kennedy sits in the East Room of the White House.
Nov. 24, 1963: Dallas: Lee Harvey Oswald, suspected assassin of
President John F. Kennedy, reacts as Dallas night club owner Jack Ruby,
foreground, shoots at him from point-blank range in a corridor of Dallas
police headquarters. At left is Detective Jim Leavelle. Leavelle wanted
to secretly take Oswald out the side door of Dallas police headquarters
on that day forty-five years ago. His boss wanted to keep a promise to
reporters. So Leavelle handcuffed himself to President Kennedy's
assassin, stepped into a crowded basement and became an accidental part
Nov. 24, 1963: Dallas: Lee Harvey Oswald is hurried into an ambulance after being shot at Dallas City Prison by night club owner Jack Ruby.
Nov. 24, 1963: Dallas: Jack Ruby, Dallas nightclub owner, walks through
Dallas City Jail to be arraigned on murder charges. He was accused of
firing a fatal bullet into the abdomen of Lee Harvey Oswald, the man
charged with assassinating President Kennedy. Ruby was convicted and
died of complications from lung cancer in January 1967 at Parkland
Hospital, where President Kennedy and Oswald had died.
Nov. 24, 1963: Washington, D.C.: The casket of John F. Kennedy reaches
the Capitol in Washington on a horse-drawn caisson. A symbolic riderless
horse named Black Jack, with boots reversed in the stirrups,
symbolizing a fallen leader, is alongside.
Nov. 24, 1963: Jacqueline Kennedy with her two children, John and
Caroline following her husband's coffin which is being taken into the
Capitol, Washington where he lay in state. Behind her is the president's
brother, Robert Kennedy.
Nov. 23, 1963: Washington, D.C.: Jacqueline Kennedy waits for the
arrival of the casket containing the body of her husband John F. Kennedy
with her children John and Caroline at the White House
Nov. 24, 1963: Jacqueline Kennedy leaves the U.S. Capitol Building with
her children John and Caroline after attending a ceremony for her late
husband John F. Kennedy.
Nov. 24, 1963: An aerial view of the Capitol as thousands and thousands
of people lined up in freezing weather to file past the casket of John
F. Kennedy in the rotunda where his body lies in state. Police said the
lines extended more than a score of city blocks when the doors were
closed to the public.
Nov. 24, 1963: From left: German President Heinrich Luebke, French
President General Charles de Gaulle, Germany's Chancellor Ludwig Erhard
and French Premier Maurice Couve de Murville pay respect to the
flag-draped coffin of the late President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK)
in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Nov. 25, 1963: The casket containing the body of John F. Kennedy.
Nov. 25, 1963: Robert and Edward Kennedy escort Jacqueline Kennedy from the White House to attend the funeral of President John F. Kennedy.
Nov. 25, 1963: Scores of the world's notables line up outside St.
Matthew's Roman Catholic Cathedral to attend a funeral Mass for the late
President John F. Kennedy. From left, in front: Dr. Heinrich Lubke,
West German president; Angier Biddle Duke, State Department chief of
protocol; President Charles de Gaulle of France; unidentified man in
uniform; Queen Frederika of Greece; West German Chancellor Ludwig
Erhard; Belgium's King Baudouin; Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia;
President Diosdado Macapagal of the Philippines and two unidentified
Nov. 25, 1963: Some of the world leaders and other dignitaries marching
toward St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Cathedral where funeral Mass was
conducted for the late President John F. Kennedy.
Nov. 25, 1963: The scene outside St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington,
D.C., during President John F. Kennedy's funeral, with flag-draped
coffin in the foreground. The president's brothers can be seen behind
the casket. At left is Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), and at right
entering limousine is Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
Nov. 25, 1963: From left: Attorney Gen. Robert Kennedy, Jacqueline
Kennedy and Sen. Edward Kennedy walk down steps from St. Matthew's
Cathedral in Washington, D.C. during the funeral of the President.
Nov. 25, 1963: The coffin of President John F. Kennedy is carried down
the steps at St. Matthew's Cathedral, Washington, after the requiem
mass. Following the coffin is his widow Jacqueline Kennedy (center),
holding the hands of their children Caroline and John Jr. Also in the
group is Robert Kennedy.
Nov. 25, 1963: Members of the Kennedy family at the funeral of
assassinated president John F. Kennedy at Washington DC. From left: Sen.
Edward Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy, then 6, Jacqueline Kennedy, Attorney
Gen. Robert Kennedy and John Kennedy, 3, who salutes.
Nov. 25, 1963: Jacqueline Kennedy, Edward Kennedy and Robert Kennedy stand as the coffin of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy passes them.
Nov. 25, 1963: The caisson bearing the flag-draped coffin of President
John F. Kennedy, is shown in procession down Pennsylvania Avenue, in
Washington, en route to Arlington National Cemetery.
Nov. 25, 1963: The funeral procession of President John F. Kennedy enters Arlington Cemetary in Washington.
Nov. 25, 1963: A sailor weeps as the caisson bearing the body of John
Fitzgerald Kennedy passed him in Arlington National Cemetery on way to
the burial site.
Nov. 25, 1963: Honor guard places a flag over the casket of President John F. Kennedy during his funeral service in Arlington Cemetery.
Nov. 25, 1963: An Irish cadet honor guard, center rows holding rifles,
stands in formation as the U.S. flag is lifted from the coffin of
President John F. Kennedy during his funeral services at Arlington
National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
Nov. 25, 1963: Family and chiefs of state pay their last respects in
front of the coffin of late President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in
Arlington cemetery, during his funeral.
Nov. 25, 1963: An eternally burning light flickers at the grave of the
late President John F. Kennedy in Arlington National Cemetery,
Arlington, Va., as the casket sits at its final resting place. The light
will burn day and night to mark the place where the slain president's
body was interred.
The Eternal Flame: The eternal flame is seen at the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.