60th Anniversary of JFK's Assassination
Reflecting on the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy—and its historic aftermath
November 22, 1963
Death of the President
On November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was shot twice as he rode in a motorcade in downtown Dallas, Texas
'The President is dead'
Over the hour following Kennedy's assassination, the White House Situation Room relayed reports on the developing situation in Dallas to White House press secretary Pierre E. G. Salinger while he was airborne en route to Japan
'Love and prayers'
Thirty minutes after leaving Dallas, President and Lady Bird Johnson called the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, and offered their condolences to Rose F. Kennedy, mother of the late president
Mourning and investigation
'You give me strength'
In their first recorded conversation on the Johnson White House tapes, President Johnson spoke with former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy ten days after the assassination of President Kennedy
'A regular circus'
President Johnson called FBI director J. Edgar Hoover to notify him of the course decided on now that Lee Harvey Oswald, the suspect in President Kennedy’s assassination, had been shot and killed by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby
'I would be honored to do it'
President Johnson asked Rep. Gerald R. “Jerry” Ford Jr., then the House Republican conference chair, to serve on the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, known unofficially as the Warren Commission
"JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century"
Fredrik Logevall, a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian, takes us as close as we have ever been to the real John F. Kennedy in this revealing biography of the iconic, yet still elusive, 35th president. "JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917–1956" offers up not only the clearest portrait we have of this enigmatic American icon but a sweeping history of the United States in the middle decades of the 20th century as well.
JFK and the Vietnam War
JFK and the Vietnam escalation
The Miller Center's Marc Selverstone discusses President Kennedy's decision to intervene in Vietnam during the summer of 1961
JFK's memoir dictation on the assassination of Diệm
While dictating a memoir entry on November 4, 1963, less than three weeks before he himself would be assassinated, Kennedy reflected on the overthrow and murder of South Vietnamese President Ngô Đình Diệm
If Kennedy had lived
What might have Kennedy done in Vietnam had he lived into 1964 and won a second term as president?
Kennedy's impact and legacy
'An unfinished life'
John F. Kennedy had promised much—but never had the opportunity to see his program through
JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis
The Cuban Missile Crisis was the signature moment of Kennedy's presidency
The Civil Rights Act of 1964
On June 11, 1963, President Kennedy gave a televised address to the American people and announced that he would be sending a civil rights bill to Congress—the most-far reaching act of legislation supporting racial equality in American history
Inside Camelot: The untold story of JFK's valet
A unique look at the Kennedy presidency through the eyes of George Thomas, JFK's personal valet who was with the president nearly every day.