Such was the excitement over the anniversary of Doctor Who and all the hype surrounding it, that it would be easy to miss another fifty year anniversary. In fact the events of Friday, November 22nd 1963 when President John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas caused the Saturday evening news coverage to be extended and the eagerly anticipated first episode of Doctor Who was delayed by ten minutes.
I was old enough to remember the occasion, but I don’t. We didn’t have a television, but the radio would have been on (my parents being avid listeners to the news and weather forecasts) but I just have no recollection of anything to do with it – no discussions amongst family or at school.
In January this year I visited Dallas, and went to the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (which I wrote about here). After looking round the museum, listening to the excellent audio guide and looking out of the window, we went outside and saw the cross on the road which marks the spot where the car was when the President was shot, and stood beside the grassy knoll. It was really quite moving.
I don’t suppose we will ever know what really did happen as, 50 years later, the ‘experts’ still can’t agree on how many shots were fired, and from which direction, and by whom.
I’ve posted these photos before, but I think they are worth looking at again.