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Looking Back: 50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination

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Nov. 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States.

Kennedy, 46, was shot as his limousine left downtown Dallas. He died a short time later at Parkland Hospital. The mantle of the presidency fell to Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, who had been riding two cars behind the chief executive. Johnson was sworn in aboard Air Force 1 and flew to Washington to take over the government which Kennedy had directed since Jan. 20, 1961.

Did you know Kennedy was in North Central Washington not long before his death? He stopped at Larson Air Force Base in Moses Lake on Sept. 26 as part of a Pacific Northwest speaking tour. The event was covered by Daily World reporter Dick Larsen.

Most everyone remembers where they were or what they were doing when they heard the news on Nov. 22.

What are your recollections of that tragic day? How did you react?



The front page headline on Nov. 22, 1963 of The Wenatchee Daily World.
A Wenatchee Daily World headline from Nov. 22, 1963.
Wenatchee Daily World headlines from Nov. 24, 1963.
On Nov. 24, 1963, Daily World staff writer Dick Larsen looks back on covering President John F. Kennedy's Sept. 26 tour stop in Moses Lake.
Wenatchee Daily World headlines from Nov. 25, 1963.
Wenatchee Daily World headlines from Nov. 25, 1963.