JFK Assassination Timeline

In November 1963 President Kennedy, accompanied by his wife Jacqueline and Vice President Johnson and his wife, went on a five-city tour of Texas to boost his re-election bid and mend a rift in the Texas State Democratic Party.

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The President is Shot!

President Kennedy and Governor Connally are shot in Dallas' Dealey Plaza.

Oswald Leaves Texas School Book Depository

Lee Harvey Oswald heads down the stairwell and leaves the Texas School Book Depository building, travelling east.

The First Announcement

The first news wire service announcement of shooting is broadcast (UPI).

Breaking the News

The CBS network interrupts TV soap opera, 'As the World Turns' and Walter Cronkite announces to America the President has been shot.

Hoover Calls RFK

FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover calls President Kennedy's brother and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.

Police Broadcast

Police broadcast the first description of a suspect.

Parkland Hospital Doctors

Doctors pronounce President Kennedy dead while crowd gathers outside the hospital awaiting news.

Rifle Shells

Police find empty rifle shells at the sixth floor window of the Texas School Book Depository.

Arrival at Parkland

The presidential limousine arrives at Parkland Hospital.

Oswald Press Showing

A press showing with Oswald is held in the basement assembly room of Dallas police headquarters. Jack Ruby attends.

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