Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Hours of national television footage from the days that shook America have been replayed, reminding us of some interesting details:
• 1. The day before his assassination in Dallas, JFK had made history in another Texas city. In Houston, he had attended a meeting of LULAC, marking the first time an American president had addressed a Latino organization.
• 2. When he was assassinated, JFK and the First Lady were headed to a sold-out luncheon for 2,600 at the Dallas Trade Mart, where guests were already seated and had been served their salads.
• 3. A reporter with Agence France-Presse, Fracois Pelou, turned out to have the best view of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald in the Dallas police basement and gave interviews about what he saw to other reporters, including Miami News’ Milt Sosin.
• 4. When first announced on national television as the man who shot Oswald, Jack Ruby was identified by his real name, Jack Rubenstein.
• 5. From the start, Oswald vehemently denied shooting Kennedy. He appeared to first learn that he has been charged with the assassination of the 35th president from the throng of waiting reporters. ‘That’s ridiculous.”
• 6. Oswald paid $12.78 for the rifle he used to kill President Kennedy.
• 7. A jetway from Miami-based Eastern Airlines was used at the Dallas airport to carry JFK's casket onto Air Force One for the return flight to Washington, D.C.
• 8. The most recognizable member of the blue-ribbon Warren Commission panel was former President Gerald Ford.