November 22, 1963: Death of the President
Shortly after noon on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated as he rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas. By the fall of 1963, President John F. At the end of September, the president traveled west, speaking in nine different states in less than a week. Campaigning in Texas A month later, the president addressed Democratic gatherings in Boston and Philadelphia. Mrs. President Kennedy was aware that a feud among party leaders in Texas could jeopardize his chances of carrying the state in 1964, and one of his aims for the trip was to bring Democrats together. The first stop was San Antonio. Morning in Fort Worth A light rain was falling on Friday morning, November 22, but a crowd of several thousand stood in the parking lot outside the Texas Hotel where the Kennedys had spent the night. The warmth of the audience response was palpable as the president reached out to shake hands amidst a sea of smiling faces.