The Tenth Milestone

Milestone anniversaries of important events are divisible by five. By the tenth such milestone, the persons who saw the event in real time are becoming fewer in number. Thus it is especially important on the 50th anniversary of a major event to take the opportunity to listen closely to those that were there.

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Here’s a bulletin from Dallas, Texas

It was a big day in Dallas because the president was coming to town and he was bringing the first lady with him. For the rest of the country, it was an ordinary Friday the week before Thanksgiving.

But in just six seconds, everything changed.

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The shot seen around the world.

Dallas, together with the rest of the world, was in shock on Sunday morning, November 24, 1963 following the Friday afternoon assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Viewers the world over were glued to television sets watching the first big story of the television age. As the world watched live coverage from the basement of Dallas City Hall, the unthinkable happened.

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Who killed President Kennedy?

From almost the very moment of Kennedy’s death, the simplest explanation as to how it happened has been, for many, the hardest to accept. This story takes a look at the idea of conspiracy from the perspective of three individuals with a close, personal connection to the event.

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Television comes of age.

On the weekend of November 22, 1963, newspapers quietly surrendered their status at the top of the journalism pyramid. With as many as 98 percent of all TV sets in the country turned on, television came of age as the prime source for news.

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