By Yona Zeldis McDonough
The guy who stored the lives of his PT-109 crewmen in the course of WWII and have become the thirty fifth president fought-and won-his first conflict on the age of two-and-a-half, while he was once troubled with scarlet fever. even supposing his presidency was once minimize brief, our nation's youngest elected chief left an indelible mark at the American awareness and now could be profiled in our Who Was...? sequence. incorporated are a hundred black-and-white illustrations in addition to a timeline that courses readers via this eventful interval in historical past.
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By means of overdue 1963, he used to be already brooding about his crusade. He determined to trip to Texas, the house kingdom of vp Lyndon Johnson. Jack deliberate to make speeches to a gaggle of businessmen on the exchange Mart in Dallas. He knew that many Texans had voted for Richard Nixon within the 1960 election. and they have been offended over his stand on civil rights. The journey to Texas, with Jackie via his aspect, will be with a purpose to “mend fences” with those citizens and achieve their aid. many of us as regards to JFK nervous in regards to the journey. The crowds in Texas will be unfriendly. yet that was once now not so. At lunchtime, the president’s aircraft touched down on the Dallas airport. a wide and cheering crowd got here to greet JFK and Jackie, dependent and glamorous in her crimson go well with and matching pillbox hat. Kennedy commented, “This doesn’t seem like an anti-Kennedy crowd. ” a protracted procession of automobiles, referred to as a motorcade, headed in the course of the urban. The president and his spouse sat behind a limousine with the governor of Texas and his spouse. vice chairman Johnson and his spouse have been in one other automobile. The president’s limousine had a plastic protect to place over the passengers to guard them from rain. it could possibly additionally deflect bullets. yet Jack desired to go away the plastic stock up. It used to be a stunning day. He desired to see the group. And he sought after the group to determine him. because the Kennedys rode during the streets of Dallas, they smiled and waved. One little lady had an indication that acknowledged: “Mr. President, will you please cease and shake fingers with me? ” Kennedy stopped the motorcade to shake arms with the woman. while the motorcade became onto major highway, the gang was once even greater. approximately 2 hundred thousand humans had accrued to work out the Kennedys go by way of. The spouse of the Texas governor, Nellie Connally, checked out the packed streets and stated, “You certain can’t say that Dallas doesn’t love you, Mr. President. ” A second later, pictures rang out. an individual within the limousine shouted out, “Oh no, no, no! ” The president were hit. Jack slumped over towards Jackie. Her crimson go well with used to be splattered with blood. the auto sped throughout the streets to the closest health facility. however it used to be too past due. medical professionals proven the bleak information: John Fitzgerald Kennedy was once useless. On a airplane again to Washington, D. C. , vice chairman Lyndon Baines Johnson was once sworn in because the new president. Jackie Kennedy stood via his facet as he took the oath of workplace. it's now greater than 40 years considering that JFK was once killed that bad day in Dallas. but every body alive on the time recollects the place they have been after they heard the grim information. slightly an hour-and-a-half later, a guy named Lee Harvey Oswald was once arrested for the capturing. Then merely days later, one other guy named Jack Ruby shot and killed Oswald, correct within the Dallas police station—and survive tv information! For greater than a yr, facts was once accrued at the assassination. many of us didn't think that Oswald had acted by myself. humans within the crowd acknowledged they heard photographs coming from instructions. however the legitimate record acknowledged that Oswald and merely Oswald used to be liable for the president’s demise.