Friday, November 22 marked the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination. On the weekend of November 23-24, 2013, American History TV looked back at the assassination and its aftermath. We featured extended eyewitness accounts, coverage of commemorative events from Dallas’ Dealey Plaza and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, and noted historians who took viewer calls and tweets. Throughout the weekend we also aired scenes from JFK’s two-day political trip to Texas, including the Dallas motorcade, and his state funeral. See the Video Playlist at right to watch these programs.
Highlights of our coverage included:
• 12pm & 8pm ET - November 22 commemorative ceremonies from Dealey Plaza in Dallas and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston
In Dallas, historian David McCullough read from JFK’s speeches and the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club performed. In Boston, musicians who played for President Kennedy in the White House joined the U.S. Navy women’s choir, which sang hymns performed at his funeral.
• 4:30pm ET - American Artifacts: “Three Shots Were Fired” Exhibit
Curator Carrie Christoffersen takes us through the Newseum's exhibit, "Three Shots Were Fired," which considers how President Kennedy’s assassination was documented and reported by the press.
• 5pm ET LIVE - Viewer Call-in Program with Bill Minutaglio, Co-Author of “Dallas 1963”
• 5:45pm ET LIVE - Viewer Call-in Program with Hugh Aynesworth, Author of “November 22, 1963: Witness to History”
• 1:30pm ET - President Lyndon B. Johnson's Address to a Joint Session of Congress on November 27, 1963
• 2pm ET LIVE - Viewer Call-in Program with Robert Caro, Author – “The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power,” and of the eBook Short “Dallas, November 22, 1963”
• 2:45pm ET LIVE - Viewer Call-in Program with presidential historian Timothy Naftali on President Kennedy’s legacy
• 6pm ET - NBC News Coverage of President Kennedy’s State Funeral as broadcast on Monday November 25, 1963
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS INCLUDE:
• Texas Governor John Connolly, who was in the president’s car during the Dallas motorcade and was also shot
• Clint Hill, the secret service agent assigned to protect First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who was traveling in the first car behind the presidential limousine
• Lady Bird Johnson’s reflections on the Dallas motorcade and the chaos that followed in the rush to Parkland Hospital
• LBJ Aide Liz Carpenter, who wrote the brief statement that LBJ delivered upon arriving at Andrews Air Force Base with President Kennedy’s body on November 22, 1963
• Life Magazine journalist Richard Stolley on how he acquired the Zapruder film
• Civilians, journalists and Parkland Hospital doctors interviewed by the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, located in the Old Texas School Book Depository where suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald fired on the president’s motorcade.
Archival Film & Video:
• "John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightening, Day of Drums," with a recently recorded introduction from the film's director, Bruce Herschenson
• Universal Newsreels: "President Assassinated" and "The World Mourns"
• U.S. Navy footage of JFK's last two days in Texas and of the state funeral in Washington
• Audio recordings of LBJ's phone calls to Rose Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.
• Air Force One transmissions between the White House, Andrews Air Force Base and presidential aides recorded November 22, 1963