This Day in History
Saga Magazine Cover - JFK


John F. Kennedy Assassinated
November 22, 1963

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who won out over Richard Milhous Nixon in the 1960 presidential race, was the youngest man and the first Catholic ever to be elected to that office. He brought more than youth to the Presidency; he brought more than a new and more liberal philosophy; he brought a new style. It was a style not only of affirmative action, of deep concern for the poor and the helpless and the disenfranchised, but for the moral and cultural values of the Republic. It was a philosophy which held that “when power corrupts, poetry cleanses, for art establishes the basic human truths that serve as a touchstone of our judgment.” No wonder musicians, artists and Nobel Prize winners flocked to Washington; no wonder that with the enchanting “Jackie” and the children, America suddenly had a Royal Family.

Kennedy was a good politician, too, and took care of his “fences.” With the 1964 campaign looming, he decided to invade that stronghold of conservatism, Texas. On the 22nd of November, 1963, he flew to Dallas to deliver another speech aimed to carry forward his battle “against tyranny, poverty, disease and war itself.” On the way to the city center, riding in an open car, the President was struck by an assassin’s bullets; within half an hour, he was dead. Just a month earlier, at Amherst College in Massachusetts, he had pronounced his own epitaph: A nation remembers itself not only by the men it produces, but by the men it honors, the men it remembers.





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