JFK Assassination: What You Missed (Videos)

Jeanne Sager

John F. Kennedy funeral
The JFK assassination left John F. Kennedy Jr. without a dad.
Today marks 47 years since President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas. But the JFK Assassination is still fresh in the minds of the people who are spending the day relating "where I was when President Kennedy was shot" stories.

Today was the day in 1963 when Kennedy died and the presidency shifted to Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. Today was the day the nation watched a president die on TV.

Here's what you missed if you weren't there:

One of the most salient memories from that day for Americans is Walter Cronkite's voice interrupting a soap opera to tell the world the president had been shot. Cronkite later told CBS his composure was tested just once -- when he learned the president had indeed died.

The anchor at the Dallas station did not share Cronkite's composure, but the stress in his voice as he read off the details of the president's death was no less compelling.

The official Warren Commission Report long ago declared conspiracies surrounding the death of the president are bunk, but that hasn't stopped people from debating the videotape over and over. One of the popular theories involves the Secret Service itself.

At just 46, Kennedy was a young president with a young family, and Americans' hearts went out to wife Jackie and her children as they grieved in front of the cameras at the funeral that week.

Were you alive during the JFK assassination? Do you remember where you were?

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