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50 Facts About the Assassination of JFK

Details you may not know surrounding the death of our 35th president

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Sitting in a rocking chair helped relieve JFK's chronic back pain. — Corbis

En español | It has been 50 years since Nov. 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald as the president was riding in an open-topped car, with the first lady at his side, during a presidential motorcade in Dallas.

Here, 50 interesting facts about that day, what preceded it and what came after.

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1. On Nov. 11, 1963, President Kennedy laid a Veterans Day wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

2. He would be buried at the cemetery exactly two weeks later.

3. Jacqueline Kennedy rarely traveled with her husband on political trips but decided to fly with him to Texas on Nov. 21.

4. On Nov. 22, the couple attended a breakfast in Fort Worth.

5. The presidential open-top limousine had been flown in from D.C.

6. A 14-year-old boy reported watching JFK's face go blank around 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 22.

7. The boy also said he heard Jacqueline Kennedy shout, "God, oh God, no."

8. Texas Governor John Connally Jr. received multiple gunshot wounds.

9. A priest administered last rites to the first Roman Catholic U.S. president.

10. This was the fourth presidential assassination in a nation that was less than 200 years old.

11. It was the first since the Secret Service began protecting presidents.

12. The Service scuffled with Dallas police for control of the president's casket.

13. Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath of office aboard Air Force One.

14. He became president 99 minutes after Kennedy's death.

Next page: Jackie's suit and wedding ring. »

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