(NEW YORK) -- Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States. President Obama has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at government buildings to honor the late commander-in-chief, who was 46 at the time of his death.
Kennedy was shot first in the back of his shoulder and then in the head while riding in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in Dallas on a pre-campaign swing through the state ahead of the 1964 national election.
Texas Gov. John Connally was seriously wounded by the first bullet that struck the president. First lady Jacqueline Kennedy was sitting next to her husband when he was shot. Neither she nor Connally’s wife, Nellie, were wounded.
Shortly after Kennedy was pronounced dead at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the nation’s 36th president aboard Air Force One, with Mrs. Kennedy standing beside him.
Meanwhile, Lee Harvey Oswald, a 24-year-old ex-Marine, was arrested for the murder of Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit and was considered the prime suspect in Kennedy’s assassination. However, before he could be charged, Oswald was gunned down by Dallas strip club owner Jack Ruby on Nov. 24. The shooting occurred on live TV as Oswald was being transferred to the county jail.
In 1964, the Warren Commission appointed by Johnson deemed that Oswald was the lone shooter on Nov. 22, 1963, and that there was no conspiracy involved in the assassination, a conclusion disputed to this day.
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