JFK assassination original breaking news reports from NBC, ABC, CBS

Amazing footage of all the main networks reporting the breaking news of President Kennedy being shot in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

It includes the famous footage of Walter Cronkite, slightly choking up, as he announced that President Kennedy has died.

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What’s really fascinating is multiple networks broadcasting the unconfirmed report that President Kennedy had died. We like to think things were different years ago. Maybe not so much.


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  • cole3244

    brilliant, since oswald spent time in russia that makes him a leftist.

    russia was conservative under communism idiot not liberal which is the easts left, get your semantics figured out before you stick your big foot in your mouth.
    remember right is con and left is liberal, now repeat it a hundred times and try again.
    by the way i never mentioned that a right winger shot left leaders i said crazies, which includes you no doubt.

  • CaliMark

    Any decline of our great nation has been because of leftist dictates. The ongoing erosion of freedom and liberty comes as the government grows and enterprise is wiped away. We still have a great nation but freedom loving Americans need to take it back from leftist rule.

  • CaliMark

    What kind of idiotic statement is that. A leftist marxist killed Kennedy not a right winger, genius.

  • ArthurH

    Must be a troll. Nobody on this thread blamed a non-Marxist for Kennedy’s assassination or even mentioned Oswald for that matter. Considering the decline of Communism in the last quarter century, he might as well have blamed the Whig Party.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “in Chicago at the Democratic convention”. I remember being in a meeting of the SDS and the Weathermen in the Golden Gate Panhandle planning disruption in the upcoming Democratic convention in Chicago. A month later I left for Japan and left Amerika far behind me.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    ppppfffftttt

  • FisherOfRolando

    Just checked after hearing the voice. The NBC announcer was Don Pardo.

  • Howard Roark

    1) A Marxist shot the anti-Communist President precisely because JFK opposed Castro and Cuba.
    2) The crowds that greeted JFK and the First Lady were huge, adoring, and everywhere.
    3) Had JFK not been hated by that Marxist on that day he would have lived.

    But good luck to the rest of you as you blame others for what the Marxist did that day.

  • Ninong

    Which is why people like Paul Ryan idolize Ayn Rand.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKXbTJsnH-s Some Koynd of Aliens

    You have to ask yourself. Could the conspiracy have involved…. extra-terrestials?

  • HelenRainier

    John, thanks for posting this and providing an opportunity for us to relate our thoughts and memories. I suspect many of us haven’t really shared our feelings about this most horrible day and the thoughts and feelings we had about it at the time. It’s been cathartic.

  • Indigo

    Thanks.

  • nobonesl

    “..the emotion of empathy doesn’t exist in the right.”

    This is empirically true.

  • nobonesl

    Wow. Good post, Indigo. Very well said.

  • nobonesl

    I was a 12-year old living in Oneonta, NY, and unfortunately, I had to walk down to main street and get a previously-delayed haircut that fateful friday afternoon. I was already depressed and in shock, having watched reports on tv of Kennedy’s death in my school’s auditorium before being dismissed.

    The barber shop was run by old, white, very Conservative, rural small-town men.
    They repeatedly expressed their joy JFK had been shot, and were clearly happy about it.
    I walked out of the barbershop after a while, feeling sickened, and still without a haircut.
    That whole weekend was one of the weirdest, and crappiest, ever.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Same here Ninong. I just can’t bear to relive it again.

  • Phil

    I was three and a half years old at the time, so my memories are not very all-encompassing. I was watching Bozo’s Circus on TV, the phone rang, my mom came into the living room, changed the channel and started crying. Dad got home a few minutes later and stayed home the rest of the day. They kept telling me to be quiet, I suppose. The thing I remember most is my mom crying.

  • FLL

    Texas in 1963 had always seemed like enemy territory for Kennedy simply because of the battle surrounding integration in former Confederate states such as Texas. I don’t think anything caused as much domestic violence in recent times as the integration of the South during the early 1960s.

  • Ninong

    Yes, it’s a very painful memory because you experience all over again those same feelings you had then. JFK was the first president I was old enough to vote for, what with the voting age being 21 back then. I have deliberately avoided all the current TV coverage.

  • Chef Kowalski

    Actually these images bring back sad memories. I was in school at the time and class was interrupted by the principal advising that each class turn on the TV set mounted in the corner of each room. The sets were installed for the rare closed circuit broadcast of an educational film, and being that the sets were originally intended for hospitals, they could be tuned only by going through the VHF channels in a loop. So since channel 2 was the CBS outlet we got the unshaved Walter Cronkite, who 10 minutes later announced that President Kennedy had died. Everyone in the class was shocked. There were murmurs of “oh no.” But for the rest of the afternoon we watched in stunned silence. What I remember was that outside of school nearly everyone grieved in sadness. Of course we were still a united nation at that time, bonded by the recent events od Depression and war. We were all in this together and were willing to help each other. Things later fell apart. We are today a nation of Them vs. Us and have reached the point were anyone who proposes a way to make life better for the majority is accused of untold sins by half the population. The memories of November 1963 only reminds me of how far we’ve fallen as a nation.

  • Indigo

    And what’s more . . .

    Pointing fingers in all directions is easy enough 50 years after the
    fact. It scarcely matters what “really” happened because the
    repercussions from the assassination resonate into our daily lives, even
    now. If this, then that is an easy game to play, “For want of a nail, a
    kingdom was lost.” And yes, I feel that is what happened, that it has
    been downhill since the assassination, but for others, younger, there
    are other turning points in the history of our days as we live them.

    I was 22, enthusiastic, idealistic, ready to change the culture. The
    culture did change by the end of the 1960s but in directions we couldn’t
    see in 1963, that possibly were not even there until the assassination
    took the wind of enthusiasm out of our sails of progress and change.
    Discouragement, disenfranchisement, dissembling by the authorities took
    charge, the Viet Nam Adventure became a living room television atrocity
    and, finally, what confidence in government remained was shanghaied by
    Nixon.

    Everything has changed. That much is a fact, and technology has already
    sidelined most of the 20th century. I think we can stop looking back now
    and take a glance at the future where global war percolates through
    strange filters and the global surveillance system the US has set in
    place over the past decade, hovers like a nightmare scenario from a
    Terminator’s movie we have not yet witnessed. Tecumseh’s curse remains
    in force, revised for these times.

  • Indigo

    Nobody knew what to do. What happened cannot have happened. This is America, after all. But it hasn’t got any better in the past 50 years. I was 22 years old, on my first teaching assignment, and when the supervisor came to the door to say the president had been shot, I told her not to make jokes. She wasn’t. For me, even now, it is as if it all happened yesterday afternoon.

  • http://buddybest.tripod.com/index.html BuddyNovinski

    I vaguely remember these events because I came home from school as usual, turned on the television to watch “The Dick Tracy Show”, and I couldn’t understand why all those pictures from Dallas were on. The second Kennedy assassination on Wednesday, 5 June 1968 was much more traumatic for me. While I don’t remember much that weekend, I do remember an encounter with a nun the following Tuesday. Of course, she NEVER admitted that she was wrong about the date’s being the 26th, not the 25th!

  • HelenRainier

    I agree Pappy. Something very vital was lost in that decade. I’m surprised how emotional this whole thing has become for me.

  • HelenRainier

    This brings back such a flood of memories. I was in school (8th grade). We were all shepherded into one room and listened to the radio. At the time it was so surreal — and it still seems that way in my mind. Not long after this, both MLK and RFK were also assassinated. In my mind it seems as though America died a bit more after these murders.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    My first ‘political’ memories were the riots of ’68. I was only five years old, but precocious as all hell and capable of understanding that I was seeing people being badly beaten, both in Pittsburgh (my home town), in Chicago at the Democratic convention, and seemingly on the news every night.

    Martin Luther King was killed (I didn’t care that my father called him the n-word — deep down, I new MLK was a great man.) Then Bobby Kennedy was killed.

    Then there were the nightly news reports out of Viet Nam.

    1968 was a very bad year. Except for the news from NASA.

    My first positive ‘political’ memory was the day Nixon resigned.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    I was 5 days from being born, so fortunately it’s not an emotional day for me. The one I avoid is 9/11.

  • cole3244

    kennedy was going to texas because he thought he needed the vote to win in 64 and he was disliked there, many told him not to go that it was dangerous, what a state.

    it was the day i left paris island sc after boot camp and went to camp geiger nc for advanced training, when they told us we thought it was a test to see how we would react then we heard it on a portable radio.
    the crazies killed all the leaders from the left in the 60’s and left our country to the mercy of the right wingers and the emotion of empathy doesn’t exist in the right.

  • lilyannerose

    Feels like yesterday. Both my brother and I were sick and at home when the news broke. Two days later my brother and I were watching live events and all of a sudden there was this live murder on TV as Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald. Somehow the dogs of Selma, Alabama, the shooting of Medgar Evers, little children killed when a bomb went off in a church, having school drills and ducking under my school desk in case an atom bomb exploded, Vietnam and kids I grew up with dying in a war, Martin Luther King shot and killed, the Detroit Race Riots, Bobby Kennedy dying, it just all mixes in for me and it seems like it all began that day in Dallas, TX. Truthfully, I’ve been trying to evade not thinking too much about this day, however, guess I haven’t been very successful.

  • pappyvet

    It still hurts. I suppose it always will.

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