JFK Blown Away

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Exactly one thing is know for certain about the John F. Kennedy assassination: he was shot. On November 22, 1963, while traveling to a re-election campaign in Dallas, Texas, the president was shot.

After giving a short speech in Fort Worth that morning, President and First Lady Kennedy flew the short flight over to Dallas. After arriving, the two joined Governor John Connally and his wife in an open top convertible. As the motorcade left the airport, citizens lined the streets to cheer it on. However, as they passed the Texas School Book Depository, a gun suddenly fired. The president was hit in the head and neck. Governor Connally was hit in the chest as well. Even though the car raced to the hospital, President Kennedy was too far gone. He passed away at 1:00 PM as a result of his injuries.

Less than two hours after the shooting, police had arrested Lee Harvey Oswald for the shooting of a police officer. After learning of his employment at the Book Depository, he was also charged with the murder of the President.

Oswald was never charged with the crime. Two days later, nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot Oswald at point-blank range as Oswald was being transferred between prisions. Oswald died of his injuries.

In the history of the United States, there has never been a more hotly contested and thought out occurrence than the JFK assassination. There have been hundreds upon hundreds of theories as to how the assassination actually happened. Some theories claim there were more than one gunman. Others think the CIA actually killed JFK. Some even state baseball star Joe DiMaggio, furious with JFK’s affair with Marilyn Monroe, hired Oswald and Ruby to kill the President. Did Oswald act on his own accord? Or was there more than one person involved? More than likely, we will never know.

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