The Athens Observer, p. 2 (February 5, 1987)


Almost a quarter century ago, on Nov. 22, 1963, while riding in an open limousine in a motorcade, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. At least two and possibly as many as six rifle shots were fired at his automobile in less than 10 seconds beginning around 12:30 p.m. The famous Abraham Zapruder film, which captures the horrible murder in color and motion, plainly shows both Kennedy and Texas Gov. John Connally, while seated in the open car, being struck and injured by bullets. The wounded president, slumped over his wife's lap, his pupils dilated and deviated, bleeding from a head shot and at least one additional shot to the body, was rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he arrived within 10 minutes. He died a few minutes later in Emergency Room No. 1 after valiant medical efforts failed to revive him, and his death was announced at 1 p.m. Gov. Connally suffered severe and painful injuries, but survived.