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Americans grieved in front of their television sets on a brutally grim Sunday afternoon 50 years ago as a horse-drawn caisson took the body of President Kennedy from the White House to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda.
Nov. 22, 1963 — the world seemed to stand still. Everyone who was alive remembers that horrible Friday and exactly where they were and what they were doing.
On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, many Americans still believe JFK was killed as part of a conspiracy orchestrated by our government or the Mafia, despite the evidence pointing to a lone assassin.
Five decades have passed since a gunman's bullet took the life of the 35th president, but the assassination in Dallas remains shrouded in myth, mystery and mendacity. Some still argue that grassy-knoll conspiracies ended the life of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. Others, like the grieving widow Jacqueline Kennedy, still want the world to see "what Dallas has done to my husband." The conspiracy industry long ago outgrew the modest cottages where the tall tales were hatched.
Most Americans of my generation can remember where they were when they heard that President Kennedy had been fatally shot 50 years ago because it was traumatic and it all but took place on television.
Though John F. Kennedy's death took place decades before they were born, at least one group of local millennials journeyed on a five-month project to go deep into the weeds about the shooting that November 1963 day and come to their own conclusions.
Secretary of State John Kerry believes there may have been a conspiracy to assassinate President Kennedy, but it's unclear where President Obama stands on the issue.