U.S. President Kennedy assassinated, Nov. 22, 1963
President John F. Kennedy’s assassination death on Nov. 22, 1963, stunned the nation, spawned decades of conspiracy theories, and became the symbol of lost innocence for a generation. An article published in that day’s Denton Record-Chronicle of Denton, Texas, described how one group of Americans learned of the shooting in its immediate aftermath.
“The rumor started spreading here about 12:45 p.m., but nobody believed it,” wrote Record-Chronicle Managing Editor Tom Kirkland, one of the 2000 people anticipating Kennedy’s arrival at the Dallas Trade Mart where he was scheduled to speak.
“Everyone just stood around in disbelief. At about 1 p.m. Eric Jonsson announced that there had been a mishap during the parade.
“Everybody had finished eating. He told them that the mishap was not serious, but there would be a delay in the president’s address.
“At 1:07 p.m., Jonsson announced in a very, very trembling voice: ‘I’m not sure that I can say what I have to say. I feel almost as I did on Pearl Harbor day.’
“At that point his voice broke.”
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