22nd November 1963. At 12:30 p.m., on Elm Street in downtown Dallas, President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade slowly approached a triple underpass. Gun shots rang and the President was hit. He was rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital where fifteen doctors tried to save him. At 1 p.m., John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, was pronounced dead.
The first stamp of John F. Kennedy was released on 29th May 1964. On that day U.S. Post Office issued this five cent memorial stamp on what would have been Kennedy’s 47th birthday. His widow, Jacqueline Kennedy, was given the honor of making the final selection of the artwork from the many Postage stamp designs that were submitted. The second stamp was the 13 cent stamp issued in 1967. It was first issued in Brookline, Massachusetts, on May 29 of that year.
Vice President Lyndon Johnson who was three cars behind President Kennedy’s, was sworn in as the 36th president of United States at 2:39 p.m., on the same day of the assassination. The presidential oath was witnessed by 30 people, including Jacqueline Kennedy, who still wore the blood stained clothes of her husband’s blood. On 25th November, the late president was buried with full military honors and an eternal flame was lit by his widow to forever mark the grave. President Kennedy was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald, a former U.S. Marine, who had taken up a job at the Texas School Book Depository where he allegedly fired shots from the sixth floor of the building.
John Kennedy was featured on this half dollar US coins first minted in 1964. It was created as a memorial to the late president and is still being minted to this day. The front bears picture of Kennedy’s head profile with the words ‘In God we trust’, and ‘Liberty’ in exergue. The back side of the coin exhibits the presidential seal and the denomination. A one dollar coin as a part of presidential series was minted in 2015.
On November 24, Jack Ruby shot Oswald emerging from a crowd of police and press carrying live television cameras rolling who had come to witness Oswald’s departure. Ruby, who was immediately detained, claimed that rage of Kennedy’s murder was the motive for his action. However, many claim that he killed Oswald to keep him from revealing a larger conspiracy. The Warren Commission set up to look into the investigation firmly concluded that neither Ruby nor Oswald were a part of a larger conspiracy. But it failed to silence theories from arising. Some speculations blame Lyndon Johnson, some the KGB, some Fidel Castro, some the CIA, the Mafia and some even aliens researchers. Questions emerge and answers still remain unresolved. Even after 53 years of his death, the actual reason behind Kennedy’s death continues to be a mystery.