1963 Assassination of JFK

1963 Assassination of JFK


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November 22, 1963

       John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot by a sniper at 12:30 p.m. central standard time at Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas while traveling in a presidential motorcade. Accompanying the president was the First Lady, Texas Governor John Connally, and his wife Nellie Connally. A ten month investigation ensued and Lee Harvey Oswald was found to have operated alone and was convicted for the assassination. Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby before he could stand trial. The governor was also hit with the first bullet fired and was sent to the hospital in critical condition. He eventually recovered from his wounds.

      After the assassination President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn into office aboard Air Force One with the dead president’s body. The assassination caused the Secret Service to completely change their tactics and revamp the security around the president. The presidential car is now completely covered and completely bulletproof to insure that the president is safe while traveling inside. The route that the president takes is never released to the public previously so no one can plan an attack on the president.

I feel like they should have made these adjustments in the first place to prevent the assassination. The president would obviously have many enemies and leaving him out in the open would give any shooter an easy target. The Secret Service had one job and they failed it horribly. After the assassination, the security around the president was changed dramatically and one would find it almost impossible to repeat Oswald’s act nowadays.


Lyndon B. Johnson taking the oath of office on...
Lyndon B. Johnson taking the oath of office on Air Force One following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1963 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)