JFK/50 - Three sections: The Week Ahead, The Life of John F. Kennedy and Where Were You?

Published on Saturday, 16 November 2013 23:22 - Written by From Tyler Morning Telegraph Staff



News: How Tyler and Smith County dealt with the shock of the president's death.


News: African-Americans in Tyler said Kennedy was seen as a hope for civil rights progress. When he was killed, they mourned more than a president: They mourned the loss of dreams they had for what he could do for them.

Learning: John Tyler High School sociology students have been working on a project about Kennedy.


News: A retired Tyler Junior College professor recalls that day in Dallas and how the president waved to her from his limousine.

Sports: Longtime journalist Charles Richards talks about covering that weekend’s Texas Tech vs. Arkansas game and later coverage of Jack Ruby and Jackie Kennedy. Also, Sports Editor Phil Hicks a look at how the sports world reacted.


News: Jim Little, a Mineola trumpeter and bugler, will share his experience participating as one of a select few in “A Bugle Call Remembered: Taps at the Funeral of President John F. Kennedy” at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday.

Spotlight: Entertainment Editor Stewart Smith looks at a few key projects about and portrayals of Kennedy in film and television.


News: Longtime editor Everett Taylor was in Tyler Paper newsroom when JFK was shot and recalls the day.

Sports: Robert E. Lee took the field that Friday night to play in Texarkana. Staff Writer Chris Parry takes a look back.


News: The Tyler Morning Telegraph will be on Dealey Plaza in Dallas for The 50th: Honoring the Memory of President John F. Kennedy, a public commemoration service.

Faith: Kennedy’s Catholicism played a big role in the 1960 election. East Texans talk about how non-Catholics were nervous about Kennedy’s Catholicism, if he would use his position to advance the church and the spread of Catholicism.



 May 29, 1917: Born in Brookline, Mass.

June 1940: Graduates from Harvard University.

September 1941: Sworn in as an ensign in the U.S. Navy.

March 1943: Given control of PT-109 as a lieutenant.

Aug. 3, 1943: While on active duty in the Pacific, Kennedy’s ship is struck and sunk by the Japanese. Kennedy performs heroically while saving his men.

June 11, 1944: Awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and Purple Heart for his actions while in command of PT-109.

Aug. 12, 1944: Older brother Joe Kennedy is killed when his Air Force plane explodes shortly after takeoff.

Nov. 5, 1946: Elected as a representative to the 11th district of Boston at age 29. He is re-elected in 1948 and in 1950.

Nov. 5, 1952: Elected as senator from Massachusetts and re-elected in 1958.

Sept. 12, 1953: Married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, R.I.

February 1955: After undergoing back surgery for the second time because of World War II injuries, he writes “Profiles in Courage.” (The book won a Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1957.)

Nov. 27, 1957: Caroline Bouvier Kennedy is born.

July 13, 1960: Kennedy wins the Democratic nomination for president.

Nov. 8, 1960: Kennedy defeats Richard Nixon in a very close race for the presidency.

Nov. 25, 1960: John F. Kennedy Jr. is born.

Jan. 20, 1961: Takes the oath of office to become the 35th president of the United States. At age 43, he is the youngest president and is the first Roman Catholic. Delivers his famous quote in his inaugural speech: “Ask not what your country can do for you … ask what you can do for your country.”

March 1, 1961: Signs a bill creating the Peace Corps.

Oct. 16-28, 1962: Russians building nuclear arms in Cuba, beginning of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Kennedy orders naval and air quarantine on all shipments to Cuba. The Soviets retreat and decide not to build the missiles and the U.S. says it won’t attack the Soviets.

Oct. 7, 1963: Signs the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in Washington, D.C.

Nov. 21, 1963: Kennedy begins his tour of Texas. Destinations include San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth, Dallas and Austin. After visiting San Antonio, Kennedy addresses the League of United Latin American Citizens at the Rice Hotel in Houston the night before he is assassinated in Dallas.

Nov. 22, 1963: Kennedy shot at 12:30 p.m. while riding in an open-top limousine in a motorcade in Dallas. Pronounced dead at 1 p.m. at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Eighty minutes after assassination, Lee Harvey Oswald is arrested and charged with murder.

Nov. 24, 1963: Jack Ruby shoots and kills Lee Harvey Oswald.

Nov. 25, 1963: Kennedy is buried in Arlington National Cemetery with his two deceased children, Arabella and Patrick.

—Compiled by Staff Writer Dayna Worchel