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53 Years Ago: How Live TV News Shocked the World With News of President Kennedy’s Assassination (Videos)

Today is the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas.

Here is how Walter Cronkite broke the news to the shocked country and world. The second clip is longer coverage of the breaking news from Dallas. Take notice of how different TV news is today. Cronkite is visibly upset, fighting back tears. Also, Cronkite and colleagues make sure the information is confirmed and report unconfirmed information but clearly instruct the public that the information is not yet official. That would never happen today.


  • Pyrran

    Well, at least we know that Kennedy would never be elected as a Democrat today. He believed in American exceptionalism, he lowered taxes and understood it would help people, he supported the military and he was pulling troops out of Vietnam because he knew what would happen, and he opposed Castro in Cuba. Heck, he would have made a pretty good conservative these days. My view is, Johnson had him killed and the CIA and military industrial complex went along with it. Always remember, follow the money and you’ll find the bad guys. Who gained from his assassination?