We are remembering John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination on November 22, 1963.
JFK’s presidency began with high hopes as he delivered one of his most memorable lines – “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” – during his inaugural address in January 1961. Less than three years later, tragedy strikes when JFK was shot while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. Walter Cronkite delivered the news that stunned the world.
Then just two days after the JFK shooting, his accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was being transferred to the county jail. CBS News reporter Ike Pappas was covering the story live when shots were fired at Oswald. Oswald died just minutes after being shot by Dallas nightclub owner, Jack Ruby, and from there the conspiracy theories began.
A CBS News poll revealed that 61 percent of those surveyed say they don’t believe Oswald acted alone in the assassination.
A number of ceremonies are taking place around the nation in Kennedy’s honor including here in Los Angeles where the Olympic Torch at the Coliseum was lit up at midnight in JFK’s honor.
For a fascinating look at some of JFK’s personal papers a doodles during the Cuban Missile Crisis, click here. Listen to more memories of JFK in Bob Malik’s full news clip below.