It’s been said that America lost its innocence on November 22, 1963 – fifty years ago today. That was the infamous date of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the thirty-fifth President of the United States.
Kennedy was president for two years and ten months. He was forty-six years old.
Much has been said, is being said, and will be said about that fateful day. It seems the only thing known for certain about it is that the world seemed to stand still for nearly all Americans. Through the years it has been a common part of conversation on this day for people to ask one another, ‘where were you when you heard that Kennedy was shot?’ Most who were of an age to do so would remember the event quite clearly.
The events of November 22, 1963 became a wake-up-call of sorts. Society, politics, the world itself, all became a bit darker.
It’s easy to forget the hopes and expectations that began on January 2, 1960 – the day Kennedy announced his candidacy for the presidency. Rather than ending on a dark note, its perhaps more befitting the man to end with a memory of his promise.
Below is a vintage video of a television commercial and jingle for presidential candidate, John F. Kennedy. A man whose public life will forever be reflected on as having both hope and tragedy.