JFK Assassination (November 22, 1963)

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. George Smathers, United States Senator from Florida, commented on the loss of his friend and colleague during his regularly filmed remarks to the people of Florida:

Kennedy and his family spent considerable time in Florida during his presidency, including a visit just days before that fateful day in Dallas. The photographs below captured moments from JFK’s trips to the Sunshine State.

With George Smathers and LeRoy Collins, 1961

With George Smathers and LeRoy Collins, 1961

 

With British Prime Minister Harold McMillan, Key West Naval Air Station, March 26, 1961

With British Prime Minister Harold McMillan, Key West Naval Air Station, March 26, 1961

 

With Farris Bryant at the Orange Bowl, Miami, January 1, 1963

With Farris Bryant at the Orange Bowl, Miami, January 1, 1963

 

Shaking hands in Miami, November 18, 1963

Shaking hands in Miami, November 18, 1963

 

With George Smathers in Miami, November 18, 1963

With George Smathers in Miami, November 18, 1963

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3 thoughts on “JFK Assassination (November 22, 1963)

  1. I was in the fourth grade when the principle announced that the President had been shot and we were let out to go home. I didn’t hear about the President’s death until I got home. I remember this beautiful, graceful, strong Jacklyn Kennedy doing everything she could to make sure that the United States continued on. Her strength to make sure that Lyndon Johnson became President and make sure that the Constitution was still alive and working had a impact on the entire nation. I will never forget Nov. 22, 1963.

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  3. I was an 18 year old freshman at Syracuse University on that fateful day. It was an overcast day when I left my dormitory for citisenship class at 1:00 est. I had not heard any news and noticed there much activity on campus as I headed for class…things were just pretty still that day. When I walked into class and took my seat toward the back…other students (it was small class), were speaking in low voices so I didn’t hear what was being said. Then our instructor bounded through the door with books in his hands. One of the students said, “Mr. Day, did you hear President Kennedy was shot?” He slammed his books down on the lecturn, looked up wide-eyed and said, “I’ll be damned,” then he picked his books and left. The rest of us looked at each other in disbelief and we left. I went back to the dorm and watched a replay on TV of what happened in Dallas, and joined others who were already glued to the set for updates–then the chilling words from Walter Cronkite announcing the death of JFK and we all became numb together. We found out later that classes had been cancelled, and it simply became a long day for all of us.

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