John F. Kennedy: Assassination of a President (VIDEO)

It was 12:39 P.M. CST on November 22, 1963, when the wires of United Press International rattled out a 10-word news flash that would bring life in the United States to a halt: KENNEDY SERIOUSLY WOUNDED. . .PERHAPS SERIOUSLY. . .PERHAPS FATALLY BY ASSASSINS BULLET.
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John F. Kennedy: There are a plethora of assassination theories regarding the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Such theories began to be generated soon after his death and continue to be proposed today. Many of these theories even propose a criminal conspiracy being involved.

John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy on November 22, 1963. (Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images)

The urgent and awkward wording of the United Press International news flash on that fateful day in November 1963 reflected the shock experienced not only by the reporter at the scene, but by Americans everywhere: the 35th president of the United States, the vital and charismatic John Fitzgerald Kennedy had been cut down in the prime of his life. He had embodied youth and vigor and had inspired a generation of young people with his programs for a Peace Corps, for putting a man on the moon, and for a New Frontier. When his death was confirmed, the entire nation froze in disbelief. Other political assassinations would follow in the troubled 60s, but Kennedy’s murder was most Americans’ first encounter with such an unthinkable act of violence. It became a benchmark in their lives.

See a photo of the UPI news flash.