Friday, November 22, 2013

222 News Links: 50 Years Later, President JFK Assassination. Are We Any Closer To Knowing The Truth?

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About JFK?

From Denny:  It's been a long day for the entire country, revisiting the worst of American history - the killing of a President.  As the child of a CIA officer I have my own memories of that fateful day and ensuing Cover-Up Week that followed.  I certainly remember watching the news that was discussing how the bullets hit the President and the Texas Governor in the vehicle.  Then, suddenly, there was a commotion on the news show and a shuffling of papers and then the news man changed his story to accommodate the new - and utterly ridiculous - theory.

Even my father thought it was a ridiculous idea of how a single bullet could hop and skip around to create all the damage it did - until the phone rang.  It was his boss at "work" at the Agency.  My father listened, then repeated what he was told to sell to others, "Got it.  You can count on me."  Then my father returned to the room where the rest of the family was yelling at the TV for being so stupid.

My father changed his story.  He was white as a sheet, clearly shaken and visibly frightened.  I heard most of his conversation with his boss and I knew they were both terrified of stepping out of line with the "higher ups."  They even discussed who else might be involved outside of the CIA - which only scared them more.

My father started with his typical engineer style of how to rationalize the possibility of the Single Bullet Theory being true.  As a precocious child with an adult mind, I would have none of his sales talk, "That's a bald-faced lie and we both know it."  That pretty much shut down that vile conversation and we watched the rest of the news show in silence.  My father turned embarrassment red and looked down, ashamed.

Was he ashamed he was caught in an obvious lie and partner to a nasty cover-up for his bosses and those who were guilty?  Was he ashamed he was selling such an insulting lie so soon after a President was killed, even before he had been buried?  Was he ashamed he lied to his family?

All these years later we will never know.  What I do know is that when some author comes along and writes a book about how this killing of a President was not a conspiracy, well, I know that is yet another bald-faced lie from someone trying to profit from a man's death.

Over the years too many people have tried to assign the guilt of this President's murder to this group or that.  The reality is that they all did it.  That is what is so heinous:  there was a confluence of groups and individuals with resentments, grudges, bigotry, and just plain hatred that joined together to kill a President. They were heads of government agencies.  They were so callous and cavalier they actually believed that after six months no one would care any more and the country would move on.

The truth is the country has never really been able to "move on" because this murder of a President is a festering wound that political leaders and current Presidents have not had the courage to address and heal.  It's created a restlessness and mistrusting attitude toward government.  President Clinton saw to it a bill was passed in 1992 to release all the papers concerning this assassination.  Yet various parts of the government refuse to release these documents decades later.  Since when do they outrank a President?

It really is past due time one President step up and get these documents released:  all of them (please sign this White House site petition to reach 100,000 by 11 Dec 2013 - currently at 99,846.)  The only way for a badly infected wound to heal is to do the messy business to lance it, clean the wound thoroughly and then dress it to properly heal.  You can't have infection present and expect the wound to ever heal.  So it is with a country, this country:  America.

President Obama, perhaps this is your time in history to do this country a tremendous service?  Perhaps this is your moment.  Now really is the time to step up:  "Ask not what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country."  Heal your country, Mr. President, please.

This Day In History @ History Channel - Nov 22, 1963:  John F. Kennedy assassinated

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Iconic JFK images: Then and now - A series of photos of locations from the life of John F. Kennedy and his assassination in Dallas in November 1963 as they appeared then and now.


On 50th anniversary of JFK death, Dallas holds first memorial

COLUMN-Grandpa, grandpa, tell me about the JFK assassination again!

Obama, Clintons honor President Kennedy 50 years after assassination

UPDATE 1-Obama, Clintons honor President Kennedy 50 years after assassination

UPDATE 2-Obama, Clintons honor President Kennedy 50 years after assassination

How the JFK assassination transformed media coverage

Superman artist, 91, seeks return of JFK comic-book drawings

Dallas transcends its image to host thousands and honor JFK legacy

The former presidential yacht, Honey Fitz, is seen docked in West Palm Beach, Florida November 21, 2013. The 93-foot wooden motor yacht has been restored to the years when it was used by U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The yacht was used by five U.S. Presidents, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon.   REUTERS-Joe Skipper

COLUMN-JFK: Of Camelot and conspiracy

JFK: 50 years on, millennials cross-examine boomer veneration

Staff, counsel to Warren Commission stand by JFK findings

Curator Ruth Pelletier walks down a hallway in the cold-war era nuclear fallout shelter constructed for President John F. Kennedy on Peanut Island near Riviera Beach, Florida November 8, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Kennedy's Cold War island bunker off Palm Beach now a museum

Oswald in lens, Ruby at his shoulder as Texas cameraman filmed history

The 1961 Lincoln Continental presidential limousine in which former U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated is displayed at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan November 1, 2013. Friday, November 22, 2013, will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. Picture taken November 1, 2013. REUTERS-Joshua Lott

JFK's death car

Analysis: In Texas courtroom, a battle resumes over race -  relates to President John Kennedy's 1961 order that government contractors take "affirmative action" to hire racial minorities

Newly appointed U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy smiles before she gives a statement upon her arrival in Japan at Narita International Airport in Narita, suburban Tokyo November 15, 2013. REUTERS-Koji Sasahara-Pool

50 years after JFK's death, daughter takes public office in Tokyo

Analysis: Humble-sounding Obama tries to climb out of healthcare hole - ... was 'the responsible officer of the government' after Bay of Pigs," the botched CIA-sponsored invasion of Cuba in 1961 during John F. Kennedy's presidency, he ...

Childhood trauma may contribute to teen weight problems

Column: An optimist's view of the White House - ... Democrats have watched as one calamity after another has befallen what was once the most promising Democratic administration since John F. Kennedy's...

Fifty years after Dallas, 'Killing Kennedy' taps into life of Oswald

Home where Oswald slept night before Kennedy assassination now museum

A neighborly ride for Lee Harvey Oswald and 50 years of anguish

U.S. primaries a legacy of President Kennedy - historians

Home video shows JFK the day he died (1:16) Feb 16 - A newly released home movie of President John F. Kennedy's arrival in Dallas, Texas on the day of his assassination went on display this week at a Dallas museum.

Conspiracy theories still alive 50 years after JFK's assassination (2:04) 

Nov. 21 - Visitors to Dealey Plaza, the site where President John F. Kennedy was killed, call into question the official account of his murder on the eve of the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Nathan Frandino reports.
( Transcript ) As the country turns toward Dallas this week to honor former President John F. Kennedy, visitors to Dealey Plaza are calling into question the official account of his assassination. The Warren Commission, formed to investigate the murder, concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone when he shot JFK from the former Texas School Book Depository. Fifty years later, many theories are still alive. 
(SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHAEL FONTAINE, A VISITOR TO DEALEY PLAZA, SAYING : "I saw the word "patsy" in the museum. For me, that's the operative word, right now, for me, for this 50th anniversary. Oswald was a patsy."
(SOUNDBITE) (English) DORA DUNCAN, A VISITOR TO DEALEY PLAZA, SAYING: "I really don't know if Oswald killed him or not but if he did, I think it was just part of a plot." Friday's anniversary is drawing many more conspiracy theorists, including Robert Groden. Groden has authored several books on the assassination, including "The Killing of a President." He says it's still not clear Oswald was the man who pulled the trigger. 
(SOUNDBITE) (English) CONSPIRACY THEORIST ROBERT GRODEN SAYING: "The Depository was where Lee Harvey Oswald worked, and he was the one picked to take the blame for this, probably even before the shots were fired. Did shots come from there? Most probably so. The fatal shot? No, no way in the world. The fatal shot hit the president in the right temple area in the front and blew out the back of his head. The autopsy photographs show that." Groden is not alone in his beliefs. A recent Gallup poll says 61 percent of Americans believe others were involved. 
(SOUNDBITE) (English) DAN WARK, A VISITOR TO DEALEY PLAZA, SAYING: "I think it had to be two shooters. Now where the other shooter was, we are on the grassy knoll right here - there's a good chance it was there. Everybody's got a theory about it. The way the bullets came, the ricochet, that went here, went through his arm - I think it had to be two shooters. It really had to. Now where the second shooter was--, everybody thinks its--, Grassy Knoll is the most logical place." As Americans remember the events of that fateful day, one thing seems certain: the question of who did it may never be answered conclusively.

NBC News links:

Event Program:  The 50th:  Honoring the Memory of President John F. Kennedy

Solemn Dealey Plaza Ceremony Marked 50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination

Nation Pays Tribute to President Kennedy on 50th Anniversary of Assassination

JFK assassination: Many theories, but no 'real evidence' of a conspiracy

Online, a digital trove of JFK material - For you to peruse and process at your own pace, here are some of the JFK archival materials Rachel referenced this evening on the air, including the exceptionally rare footage unearthed from the NBC archives by Hardball producers. 

Listen to This Chilling Audio as Crowd at Boston Symphony Learns President Kennedy Is Dead - One of the last remaining witnesses to the orchestra's funeral march speaks about his experience Read more: Hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra Announce Kennedy's Assassination 

Parts 1 and 2 of Lady Bird Johnson’s Audio Diary for November 22, 1963
…and the transcript with her handwritten notes. (pdf)

The LBJ phone call with Sen. Richard Russell, November 29, 1963, in which the president pushes Russell to participate in the special commission to investigate Kennedy’s assassination. (mp3)

The newly digitized Warren Report (77.45MB pdf)

Tom Brokaw: Where I was the day JFK died

Kennedy Legacy slideshow


Tom Brokaw interviews American luminaries about the iconic presidency that reshaped a nation.

Convinced by the Communists? Some theorize Soviets or Castro inspired Oswald to kill JFK

JFK Assassination Logic: How to Think about Claims of Conspiracy

'So consequential an act': 50 years later, JFK conspiracy theories endure

Report of the Select Committee on Assassinations of the U.S. House of Representatives - from National Archives.

C. The Committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. The Committee is unable to identify the other gunman or the extent of the conspiracy.

JFK 50: iPhone app offers archival coverage of Kennedy assassination

‘The eternal flame the lasting symbol of JFK’s legacy’

What if JFK had lived? Book reimagines a presidency, a war and the '60s

'I failed': Cop handcuffed to JFK killer describes Oswald's death

JFK memorabilia — including Oswald's wedding ring — auctioned in Boston

U.S. President John F. Kennedy's personally used rosary showing signs of constant use.

RR Auction of JFK Memorabilia

Why do JFK conspiracy theories endure? New book blames top US officials

House where Oswald slept before JFK assassination to become museum

Bush Honors JFK on Assassination Anniversary - Bush described the events of Nov. 22, 1963, as a "dark episode" in U.S. history

LA Memorial Coliseum Olympic Torch Lit in Remembrance of President Kennedy - Kennedy delivered his "New Frontier" speech at the Coliseum to accept his party's nomination at the 1960 Democratic National Convention

JFK's Inauguration Speech: 'Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You' - On Jan. 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy took the oath of office to become the 35th president of the United States. He then delivered one of his most famous speeches, an inaugural address in which he said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." 

Map: JFK's Motorcade Route

Timeline: JFK's Texas Trip

Carlos Marcello before the Senate Rackets Committee in March 1959.

The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination

Gallup Poll:  Majority in U.S. Still Believe JFK Killed in a Conspiracy - Mafia, federal government top list of potential conspirators

Kennedy Still Highest-Rated Modern President, Nixon Lowest

Best President? Lincoln on Par With Reagan, Kennedy

JFK and Ronald Reagan Win Gallup Presidents Day PollClinton ranks highest among living ex-presidents


Release all of the JFK assassination files now and pardon ex-Secret Service agent Abraham Bolden.

It's been 50 years since JFK's assassination--but even though Congress unanimously passed the JFK Act in 1992, to release all the assassination files, the CIA, FBI, and other agencies continue to withhold important files. The National Archives refuses to say how many pages of files remain unreleased.
They should ALL be released. This includes godfather Carlos Marcello's JFK confession to the FBI; 1963 CIA files about Agency personnel who confessed their roles in JFK's murder; the George Joannides files; and files about attempts to assassinate JFK in Tampa (11-18-63) and Chicago (11-2-63).
Abraham Bolden, the first black presidential Secret Service agent, was framed by the Mafia when he tried to tell Warren Commission staff about the Chicago and Tampa attempts. He should be pardoned.


The Warren Commission Report of 888 pages online at the National Archives - Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy and Index of the report here.

Accidental assassin: JFK theory alleges Secret Service agent fumbled gun

An inside job: CIA a suspect for some in JFK's killing

Convinced by the Communists? Some theorize Soviets or Castro inspired Oswald to kill JFK

Secret Service Agent Remembers Tragic Day

Jacqueline Kennedy's Legacy

Who's Who:  JFK Assassination

Oliver Stone Looks Back at "JFK"

JFK Conspiracy Theories: Most Popular, Most Obscure

The Assassination of JFK in Popular Culture

Author: Gunshots Not Heard in JFK Assassination Tape

Unanswered Questions Fuel Conspiracy Theories - With thousands of documents still under seal and persistent suspicions of a cover-up, a full accounting of Kennedy's death seems doubtful

Report of the Select Committee on Assassinations of the U.S. House of Representatives

JFK's Motorcade Winds Through Dallas

Camelot Forever: Why the Kennedy Mystique Still Glows - JFK is forever frozen in memory as he was 50 years ago: handsome, charismatic, athletic, inspirational.

The Peace Corps, a Kennedy Afterthought, is Among His Most Lasting Triumphs - Kennedy feared the Peace Corps would end in fiasco. Instead, it ignited a nation of idealists to help poor countries around the world.

JFK Turned to Space to Solve a Political Crisis, and Inspired a Nation - John F. Kennedy's call to put an American on the moon was his way to deal with a Cold War rivalry, and it worked. But five decades later, the legacy is mixed.

Photos:  Front Pages After JFK's Death

Actor Harry Belafonte: JFK Knew "Little" About Black Community - “He knew the headlines of the day but he really wasn’t anywhere nuanced or detailed on the deep depths of black anguish of what our struggle was really about," Belafonte told NBC News

"An Idea Lives On" Project Wants Your Stories on JFK Legacy

Questions Still Haunt Co-Worker Who Drove Oswald to Work - "There wasn't anything different about him that day"

Bobbie Wygant: Memories of 11/22/63 - NBC 5 entertainment reporter Bobbie Wygant was on the air hosting a talk show when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. She tells Brian Curtis her first thoughts as she covered the story and how she made it through those difficult first days.

Conspiracy Controversy Surrounds JFK Memorial Plans - As Dallas prepares to honor the memory of President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of this assassination, there's controversy surrounding whether conspiracy buffs should attend the memorial in Dealey Plaza.

David McCullough Remembers JFK - Remarks delivered by author and historian David McCullough. Images from The 50th: Honoring the Memory of President John F. Kennedy event held in Dallas' Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 2013.

Rev. Zan W. Holmes, Jr. Reads Closing Prayer at JFK Ceremony - Closing Prayer, read by Rev. Zan W. Holmes, Jr., pastor emeritus of the St. Luke's Community United Methodist Church. The prayer was read at the 50th anniversary ceremony honoring Memory of President John F. Kennedy.

Former Dallas Detective Talks About Oswald's Shooting - Former Dallas Police Detective Jim Leavelle talks about the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald and his place in history thanks to a famous photograph.

Kennedy Served as a Symbol of Hope in 1963 - President John F. Kennedy was a symbol of hope for many black people, especially after giving a nationally-televised speech on civil rights during the chaotic summer of 1963.

Parkland Surgeon Recalls Treating JFK - Dr. Robert McClelland was one of the surgeons working on November 22, 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was brought to Parkland Hospial after he was shot in Dealey Plaza. He has an important memento from that day that he's kept hidden away for nearly 50 years.

Jack Ruby "Thought He Was Going to Be a Hero," Niece Says - Niece says Jack Ruby didn't plan to kill Lee Harvey Oswald on Nov. 24, 1963

Watch Believed to Time JFK's Death For Sale

The History Behind Jackie Kennedy’s Iconic Pink Suit

AP Writer Recalls Serving as Oswald Pallbearer

Sixth Floor Museum Curator Visits NBC 5 Archives - Gary Mack, former NBC 5 employee and current curator of the Sixth Floor Museum, takes you through the basemen archives of NBC 5 which until recently housed all our old film from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

JFK Assassination: As it happened - LIVE VIDEO — November 22, 1963: Watch the live NBC News coverage on the day JFK died.

'Hope and hatred collided': Nation pauses to remember John F. Kennedy 50 years after his death

JFK assassination: Many theories, but no 'real evidence' of a conspiracy

The Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board

Accidental assassin: JFK theory alleges Secret Service agent fumbled gun

Jimmy Breslin, the gravedigger and 'the bleary day' they buried JFK

Texas news site:  Compilation of NBC 5's JFK 50 Coverage

CBS News links:

LBJ's daughter remembers Kennedy assassination

Reporter recalls seeing JFK's assassin face-to-face

JFK and civil rights - NOVEMBER 22, 2013, 10:18 AM - Presidential historians Douglas Brinkley and Robert Dallek discuss President John F. Kennedy's impact on civil rights in the United States.

JFK and the space race - NOVEMBER 22, 2013, 10:18 AM - Presidential historians Douglas Brinkley and Robert Dallek discuss JFK's outer space ambitions and the political motivations behind them.

How JFK changed the course of civil rights NOVEMBER 22, 2013, 9:30 AM - John F. Kennedy was president during some of the most significant civil rights events in U.S. history. Michelle Miller speaks with civil rights pioneer Andrew Young about the importance of JFK's actions.

Taps played at JFK grave site - NOVEMBER 22, 2013, 8:54 AM - Marine Corps Master Sgt. John Abbracciamento plays taps at former President John F. Kennedy's gravesite on the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination. 

JFK's life and death: Historian Douglas Brinkley reflects -  
CBS News contributor and author of the biography, "Cronkite," Douglas Brinkley, talks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about how President John F. Kennedy's life and death connect to American life, politics and media today.

JFK assassination: CBS News coverage as it happened - NOVEMBER 22, 2013, 8:42 AM - The JFK assassination was a turning point for the nation and television. Beginning Friday, will be airing the four days of CBS News coverage in real time.

JFK aide's mementos up for auction - FEBRUARY 15, 2013, 5:14 AM - Dave Powers was a close friend and adviser to President John F. Kennedy and was by his side from his first campaign for Congress until his assassination. CBS News' Anthony Mason reports on Powers' collection of Kennedy mementos going up for auction.

JFK bomber jacket sells for more than $500K at auction - FEBRUARY 18, 2013, 6:30 AM - Mementos from President John F. Kennedy, belonging to his longtime aide David Powers, were recently sold. Gayle King reports on how much various items fetched at auction.

JFK's political life up for auction - FEBRUARY 14, 2013, 4:09 PM - No one was closer to President Kennedy than his longtime aide, Dave Powers, who died in 1998. Now, the treasure trove of history he acquired over the years is going up for auction. Anthony Mason reports.

Lee Harvey Oswald: Behind-the-scenes look at his home of JFK assassin - JULY 22, 2013, 6:43 AM - For the first time in 50 years, news organizations entered the Dallas boarding room where Lee Harvey Oswald first fled to after JFK's assassination. CBS News "Sunday Morning" correspondent Tracy Smith reports on its place in history.

Esquire's "The Flight From Dallas" offers new account of return to DC - SEPTEMBER 24, 2013, 7:14 AM - Chris Jones, writer-at-large for Esquire, talks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about his new piece in the magazine, "The Flight From Dallas," which unearths new details about the flight that Lyndon Johnson and Jackie Kennedy took to Washington, D.C., following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Former President Truman on JFK assassination - NOVEMBER 22, 2013, 5:05 AM - Nov. 23, 1963: Former President Harry Truman comments on the death of President Kennedy saying it's “too bad” that it had to happen and calls the shooter a “good-for-nothing fellow.”

Trauma doctor recalls when JFK was rushed to Parkland Hospital - NOVEMBER 18, 2013, 0:41 AM - Red Duke was a fourth-year surgery resident at Parkland Hospital the day President John F. Kennedy and Texas Gov. Connally were shot and rushed to that hospital. Upon their arrival, Duke says, "It didn't take long to appreciate the gravity of the situation." Jeff Glor reports.

JFK assassination - NOVEMBER 22, 2013, 7:44 AM - Jeff Nilsson, Director of Archives at The Saturday Evening Post, joins UTTM from Indianapolis to discuss the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of President John F Kennedy.

Members of JFK's administration reunite - NOVEMBER 14, 2013, 4:39 PM - There was a gathering like no other in Washington D.C. on Nov. 9, as members of President John F. Kennedy's White House reunited to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the president's assassination. Bob Schieffer reports.

What happened to JFK's limo? - NOVEMBER 16, 2013, 1:30 PM - Perhaps one of the most historic pieces of evidence from the day that President John F. Kennedy was shot was the limousine he was riding in. What happened to it after the assassination is yet another incredible piece of history. Dean Reynolds reports.

As it Happened: John F. Kennedy 50 Years - NOVEMBER 17, 2013, 8:05 PM - 48 Hours Presents: CBS News' Bob Schieffer revisits inside the four days that changed America and American television history.

Capturing history - NOVEMBER 10, 2013, 4:47 PM - Meet Henry Grossman, the photographer whose images - especially of JFK and the Beatles -- remain iconic landmarks of a ripe period in American history. Morley Safer reports.

JFK assassination an indelible part of Dallas' history - NOVEMBER 19, 2013, 7:18 PM - The assassination of President John F. Kennedy at Dealey Plaza in Dallas has become an indelible part of the city's history. Fifty years later, the residents of Dallas remember their darkest day. Mo Rocca reports.

Reflections on the news of JFK's death - NOVEMBER 16, 2013, 4:14 PM - Actor Billy Crystal, author Gay Talese, and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin offer their memories of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and their thoughts on what his death meant for his legacy and for a stunned nation.

JFK assassination: Cronkite informs a shocked nation - NOVEMBER 17, 2013, 7:04 AM - "As The World Turns" was airing on CBS the afternoon of November 22, 1963, when Walter Cronkite broke in to tell the nation that President Kennedy had been shot. Coverage then went back to the soap opera, but not for long. Charles Osgood reports on how America learned of the shooting of a president.

JFK: The legacy of America's 35th president - NOVEMBER 17, 2013, 6:55 AM - He was the youngest elected president in history, coming into office at the height of the Cold War. Fifty years after his death, America is still fascinated with John F. Kennedy. Rita Braver talks with noted historians Robert Caro, Robert Dallek and Thurston Clarke about President Kennedy's legacy.

Jackie Kennedy: America's first lady - NOVEMBER 17, 2013, 7:16 AM - When tragedy struck in 1963, one woman helped an entire nation heal - and 50 years later, Jacqueline Kennedy's legend endures. So what makes Mrs. Kennedy such an icon? Susan Spencer of "48 Hours" reports.

JFK's murder and the persistence of conspiracy theories - NOVEMBER 17, 2013, 7:19 AM - Who killed President Kennedy? That may be the most hotly-debated question of the 20th century, and there's no evidence it will be answered anytime soon. Tracy Smith reports on the state of the conspiracy, and talks to prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi and filmmaker Oliver Stone.

The letters that shaped John F. Kennedy's world - NOVEMBER 17, 2013, 7:59 AM - The life of John F. Kennedy can be traced through the letters that he sent and received before and during his Presidency. Thousands of them are stored at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, and that's where Michelle Miller went to see this priceless correspondence brought out of the archives.

How Kennedy satirist "died" with JFK - NOVEMBER 17, 2013, 7:59 AM - When dawn broke on November 22, 1963, the most popular comic in America arguably was a man named Vaughn Meader. A Kennedy satirist, Meader hitched his star to President Kennedy's fame. But after that fateful day in Dallas, his career would never be the same. Charles Osgood reports.

Jack Ruby: The man who shot Oswald - NOVEMBER 17, 2013, 7:26 AM - The name Jack Ruby is an essential part of the history of what happened 50 years ago. The niece of the Dallas nightclub owner who shot Lee Harvey Oswald tells how life changed in an instant. Dean Reynolds reports.

Zapruder: The man behind the famed JFK assassination film - OCTOBER 13, 2013, 8:08 AM - Abraham Zapruder's 8mm footage of the assassination of President John F.Kennedy is the most famous home movie in American history. Anthony Mason takes a look at the film and the man behind the camera. Footage courtesy of The Sixth Floor Museum/Zapruder Film (1967); WFAA-TV Collection (1998).

The story behind the film of Kennedy's assassination - NOVEMBER 3, 2013, 9:35 A - |In 1963, Texas businessman Abraham Zapruder's camera captured then-President John F. Kennedy's assassination. "Face the Nation" interviews his granddaughter, Alexandra Zapruder, and Dick Stolley, the editor at Life Magazine who published photos of the footage.

Bob Schieffer: JFK assassination "took a toll on the nation's psyche" - NOVEMBER 18, 2013, 7:52 AM - Web extra: "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer explains how the assassination of President John F. Kennedy gave him a new perspective on life.

Schieffer: How Dallas refused to erase history - NOVEMBER 17, 2013, 8:50 AM - Preserving the site of JFK's assassination as the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza has helped us better understand that heinous crime

JFK 50: A look at November 22, 1963 - NOVEMBER 17, 2013, 8:13 AM - "Face the Nation" takes you back to Dallas on November 22, 1963 to look at the events on the day of President Kennedy's assassination.

Witnesses to History: Aynesworth, Cochran, Jones - NOVEMBER 17, 2013, 8:34 AM - Journalists Hugh Aynesworth and Mike Cochran covered the president's assassination in Dallas in 1963, and Dr. Ronald Jones was the Chief Surgical Resident at Parkland Hospital.

Kennedy's death began a tumultuous period - NOVEMBER 17, 2013, 8:53 AM - Peggy Noonan and David Gergen look at how the assassination of President John F. Kennedy shaped American politics for decades.

John F. Kennedy's legacy - NOVEMBER 17, 2013, 8:53 AM - Thurston Clarke, Douglas Brinkley and Larry Sabato examine the legacy of President John F. Kennedy.

Questions remain about Kennedy assassination investigation - OCTOBER 27, 2013, 9:02 AM - Philip Shenon and Tom Johnson discuss some of the lingering questions about the Warren Commission and JFK's assassination.

Flashback: JFK grilled on "Face the Nation" about presidential bid - NOVEMBER 10, 2013, 9:03 AM - A look back at then-Sen. John F. Kennedy, D-Mass., being asked on "Face the Nation" about a 1960 presidential bid.

Questions remain about Kennedy assassination investigation - OCTOBER 27, 2013, 9:02 AM - Philip Shenon and Tom Johnson discuss some of the lingering questions about the Warren Commission and JFK's assassination.

Doctor believes JFK's back brace cost him his life - NOVEMBER 18, 2013, 4:40 PM - Dr. Kenneth Salyer was the doctor on call for head injuries at Parkland Hospital on the day a mortally wounded President John F. Kennedy was rushed into the emergency room. Salyer believes the brace Kennedy wore for his ailing back may have made him an easier target for Lee Harvey Oswald's second shot. Bob Schieffer reports.

ABC News Links:

'JFK: The Lost Tapes' Chronicles Assassination With Audio - Discovery Channel special includes never-before-heard audio of the president's assassination.

JFK Assassination Witness: 'I Looked Up and Saw the Rifle' - Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Bob Jackson was on assignment for the Dallas Times Herald on day of shooting.

Letters of Condolence To Jackie - After JFK was assassinated the country expressed sympathy with letters to the first lady.

JFK Assassination: Live-Blogging the Tragedy As It Unfolded

President Obama Reflects on JFK's Legacy - Barbara Walters' exclusive interview with the Obamas airs on 2020, Friday, Nov. 29 at 10pm.

Grandson of JFK Neurosurgeon Recites Letter to Kennedy - William Oakley, 7, is the grandson of Dr. Robert Grossman who worked on JFK after he was shot.

Ken Burns Discusses His 'Profile in Courage' - The documentary filmmaker on Jackie Robinson

JFK Remembered: The President's Iconic Last Moments - President Kennedy's limo remains one of the most powerful symbols of his final hours.

50 Years Later: Remembering JFK's Tragic Death - The country mourns the loss of true American royalty on the anniversary of JFK's assassination.

50 Years After JFK Assassination, Obama Says Security Is 'Not Something I Think About'

Five Ways Kennedy's Assassination Changed Presidential Security Forever

CNN News Links:

50 years later, Jackie Kennedy's pink suit locked away from view

JFK assassination a collective memory for American children

5 things you might not know about JFK's assassination

Photos: JFK's alleged affairs

Now-tea party congressman was one of last to shake Kennedy's hand

One JFK conspiracy theory that could be true - also lists the many theories considered

What would JFK have done about Iran?

Why JFK’s death still fascinates us

John and Jackie: A love story

Documentary Film Maker Ken Burns:  JFK is an unfinished story

60th anniversary: John and Jackie Kennedy's wedding

What JFK learned - and taught - about leadership

How did Kennedy's assassination change the world?

See John F. Kennedy's vacation footage - 50-year-old footage shows the Kennedys on vacation just four months before John's assassination.

JFK's grandson at President Obama's 2012 Inauguration - January 23, 2013 - Jack Schlossberg speaks on Inauguration Day about what went through his mind during President Obama's speech

50 years after JFK's 'Ich bin ein Berliner'

President Kennedy's best phrases are tweetable

Sold! JFK's Air Force One bomber jacket fetches $629,000 at auction

Lee Harvey Oswald speaks to the press - Lee Harvey Oswald answers reporters' questions before his own assassination. From "The Assassination of President Kennedy."

The riderless horse: A JFK icon - A horse famed for horsing around at JFK's funeral ... CNN's Jeanne Moos talks to the man who walked the riderless horse.

JFK initials still found everywhere - From cars to schools to parks, you can still find JFK's legacy across the United States.

Remembering November 22nd - CNN remembers the JFK assassination through the eyes of colleagues who describe where they were when they heard the news.

Was President John F. Kennedy a liberal? - Anderson Cooper 360 - November 20, 2013 - 50 years after his death, there is a new debate over where President Kennedy sits on the political spectrum.

Behind the scenes of Warren Commission - New book by author Philip Shenon goes behind the scenes of Warren Commission.

Film shows JFK's death from unseen angles - Becky Anderson speaks with the director of the new film "Parkland" which aims to tell "the true story" of JFK's death.

Witness to JFK assassination speaks out - CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with Hugh Aynesworth, a journalist who witnessed the JFK assassination.

JFK: Was he a great president? - Was JFK a great president or just a great figure? The AC360 panel discusses his legacy 50 years after his assassination.

PBS News Links:

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About JFK?

Heartbreaking News in Dallas 50 Years Ago Today

50 years on, JFK presidency remembered for renewing American hope

Taps at the Funeral of John F. Kennedy

Remembering a bugler's broken note 

Confirming JFK's death, without modern-day conveniences

Could the 'bubble top' have saved Kennedy in 1963?

Never Aired 1976 Gerald Ford Ad Too Emotionally Charged for Its Time - Ford's team hoped the commercial would show that their man had closed down the bad years that led from JFK's assassination to Vietnam and Watergate. But when pollster Bob Teeter showed the commercial to a secret focus group, he discovered that "it was shocking to them," as he later told Jules Witcover, author of "Marathon: The Pursuit of the Presidency 1972-1976." "It was just too emotional. ...It was just frightening." 

Memories of the Kennedy murder -- and of Ford's close calls -- were too recent. Some on Ford's team feared that the spot would harm the campaign in Texas. The Secret Service would also have been right to worry that the film might incite a third assassin to assault the President. The commercial was kept in the vault and never aired. - Presidential historian Michael Beschloss 

Nearly 300 items linked to JFK, including Oswald's wedding band, up for auction

Letters Reveal Public Grief for JFK's Death

Recordings of Jacqueline Kennedy Offer Rare Glimpse of Life With JFK

Photo Essay: Politicians Targeted by Assassins

The Kennedy Family and American Political Lore

On JFK anniversary, Obama says he feels safe with Secret Service

5 journalists who got their start covering the JFK assassination

What the Kennedy assassination meant to us

Bradlee and JFK

Eyewitness captures Polaroid of moment JFK was shot

MacNeil and Lehrer remember the shock, special sorrow of JFK's assassination

The Kennedy Assassination: 40 Years Later - 22 articles

The History Channel links:

Assassination of JFK (3:37) TV-PG - The course of events surrounding JFK's assassination shocked the nation and left more questions than answers.

Johnson Takes Oath of Office Aboard Air Force One (0:34) TV-PG - Following the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as president of the United States aboard Air Force One before the plane leaves Dallas for Washington, D.C.

Lyndon Johnson's Management Style (3:00) TV-PG - When he took office following JFK's death, President Johnson's unique approach took some in the White House by surprise.

President Kennedy Assassinated (2:18) TV-14 - A newsreel report from 1963 gives the details of JFK's last days.

JFK: 3 Shots that Changed America, Part 1 (1:31:05) TV-PG - Examine some rare films and recordings that help expose details surrounding the Kennedy assassination and the nearly 50 years of speculation and controversy that changed America.

JFK: 3 Shots that Changed America, Part 2 (1:31:07) TV-PG - Learn about the aftermath of the JFK assassination and the enduring controversies that emerged as succeeding generations of Americans struggled to comprehend the sudden murder of an unforgettable leader.

JFK's Last Parade (3:48) TV-PG - See film of John F. Kennedy's last parade in Dallas that Bob Yeargan captured while taking a break from work on November 22, 1963.

Lyndon Johnson Phones Jacqueline Kennedy (2:01) TV-PG - In a December 2, 1963, recorded telephone conversation, President Lyndon B. Johnson expresses his fondness for former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on the eve of her departure from the White House following the assassination of President Kennedy.

Cabinet Learns Kennedy Has Died (1:18) TV-PG - On November 22, 1963, White House Press Secretary Pierre Salinger was en route to Tokyo aboard a jet plane with six members of the Cabinet when he received the message that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. Shortly after, Navy Cmdr. Oliver Hallett calls Salinger from the Situation Room with the news that the president has died.

Investigating History: The JFK Assassination (45:15) TV-PG - Explore how forensic science can help solve questions about the JFK assassination, shedding new light on which theories are believable and which are not.

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