Those of you that are old enough remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you heard the news of the John F. Kennedy Assassination. I know that I was working in a small television repair shop at the time and someone came in from the diner next door and said they just heard that the president had been shot.
I immediately turned on a local radio station that was playing some music, pushed the “record” button on a little tape recorder, just at the time that the local radio station broke in with a news alert that President Kennedy had been shot. I think the nation went silent. I know that people around me just kept shaking their heads in disbelief.
I located this short description on Wikipedia, of what is believed to be the very first news announcement in Dallas. From Dallas, local listeners of KLIF Radio were listening to The Rex Jones Show when they received the first bulletin at approximately 12:39 PM CST. A “bulletin alert” sounder faded in during the song “I Have A Boyfriend” by The Chiffons. The song was stopped and newscaster Gary Delaune made the first announcement over the bulletin signal:
“This KLIF Bulletin from Dallas: Three shots reportedly were fired at the motorcade of President Kennedy today near the downtown section. KLIF News is checking out the report, we will have further reports, stay tuned.”
This was a terrible time in this country but it brought people together as Americans will do when faced with a crisis and we all mourned. The images of the Camelot, almost fairy-tale life that exuded out of this family in the White House was deeply implanted in everyone’s minds.
These things should not happen, to anyone anywhere. Unfortunately in this crazy world we live in we must be on a constant vigil to never allow anything like this to happen again. There is not a collection of famous headlines anywhere that does not include those of November 22, 1963.
If you want to return to those days of the John F. Kennedy Assassination and feel what it was like in those days and for the weeks following, there is no better place than to use the old newspaper articles at Newspaper Archive.