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CNN Presents The Sixties Episode Three: The Assassination Of President Kennedy


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This week, CNN’s third episode of The Sixties focuses on one major event that pretty much consumed everyone during this decade – the Assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

As a young adult during this era, I, along with anyone else who was alive when this sad event occurred, will always remember where I was when I heard the news.

For me, the Kennedy Assassination happened while I was writing a high school exam during the month of November.

Upon hearing the news, the school stood still. Very still. And the earth shifted. Nothing would ever be the same again.

President Kennedy’s death was analyzed and scrutinized from every angle and publication and, still, to this very day, it remains a deep mystery.

Yes, we knew the killer was Lee Harvey Oswald, who, within a matter of days, was also mysteriously assassinated by Jack Ruby.

But, to say that this was a random killing would be ludicrous. There is more to this story than meets the eye.

It remains to be seen if CNN will shed additional light on this week’s episode, but, irregardless, it will be a fascinating watch.

The Kennedy Era was known as the Camelot Era, mainly because of the progressive ideals, glamour and power that the Kennedy family brought to White House.

It was a singular time in political history and the first time a President and his family were televised on a regular basis. Although the Kennedys belonged to the United States Of America, they were internationally embraced and loved.

However, they were not flawless and history would, unfortunately, reveal this very fact.

Tune into CNN at 9:00 PM on Thursday, June 12th and share your thoughts after the show is over. Usually, the show airs again at 10:00 PM and subsequent times over the next few days.

Comments are now open for business.

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6 Responses to “CNN Presents The Sixties Episode Three: The Assassination Of President Kennedy”

  1. Even 50 years later, my heart still skips a beat as I recall those memories of President Kennedy’s assassination. It is something that is imprinted in my brain. I never felt such sadness over a person I had never met. In school, we found out about the shooting during lunch. Everyone was sent home. I was walking while listening on my transistor radio when he was declared dead. I had tears in my eyes as I entered my home. Mom was also in tears, and the television remained on for the next 5 days. I am so happy we didn’t have cable television back then. It would have been just too much to handle.

    I don’t think my children and Grandchildren understand the pain we felt back then. There has been no president who has captured my heart the way President Kennedy did. Such hope we all felt when he was elected. Sure he had flaws – no one is perfect. He did not want us to go to war in Vietnam. I did major research, and no one will ever convince me that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone shooter! IF there was a cover-up, it may have involved the CIA and the mafia. I recall, maybe 20 years ago reading that a father admitted (to his son) on his death bed that the Dallas police were also involved.

    There are sealed government documents which Mrs. Kennedy requested not to be opened for 75 years. I don’t know if I will be around in 2038, but I would want to know more details.

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  2. Oh KariAnn. You perfectly expressed my sentiments surrounding this event. We lived and breathed this tragedy and it did indeed take the world in another direction. In a direction that no one wished to travel.

    Such a coverup! When I look at the footage of his assassination, it looks stranger and stranger with each assessment. Then, adding to this the murder of Kennedy’s assassin, one realizes that this was a carefully planned take down of a beloved President.

    And, let us not forget that his brother, Robert Kennedy, was assassinated when he was campaigning for Presidency. The message was clear – this Kennedy family was politically targeted.

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  3. Of course, I will also never forget where I was when I heard that President Kennedy was shot. I had left English class to go to the restroom, and a girl I knew came up to me in the hallway and told me. As soon as I returned to class, an announcement was made to everyone in the school that he had been killed. That was a frightening and sad day. We also watched everything on TV over the next few days, but the thing that is still imprinted in my brain was watching Oswald be shot and killed on live TV. Hopefully, I will never again witness a murder in my lifetime. We’ve seen many re-runs of events such as this, but I actually saw it happen live. I guess watching the second plane hit the World Trade center is almost comparable.

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  4. Louise – absolutely. 9/11 is unfortunately comparable. To see such evil unfolding in real time was heart wrenching. I was watching Live With Regis And Kelly and they looked terrified as they quickly exited the studio and the show abruptly went off air.

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  5. I wasn’t around yet when Kennedy was killed, but from what I learned of him, he was an extraordinary leader of our country. My dad thought the world of him, and he’d still get emotional talking about his death so many years later. My dad got to shake Kennedy’s hand once while he was in the Navy. My grandparents even met him while he was running for President. I wonder if we’ll ever get thw whole story behind our fine president’s assassination.

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  6. I was not born in this time period, but to lose an important role model who just was trying to make the world a better place, is just emotional. However, I don’t think this should be compared with 9/11 because both events were significant, and one is not more than the other. They were events that pulled us together and made us realize that together we are united, and we should put aside our differences aside. :)

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