JFK: Somber 50th Anniversary

Today is the somber anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. You’ve probably been hearing or seeing retrospective reports about the shocking events in Dallas 50 years ago. There are several resources in your Discovery Education account to help you learn about this historical event. Here are a few:



Planning a Voyage to the Moon (a clip from Kennedy’s 1961 speech), grades K-5




John F. Kennedy’s Assassination, grades 6-12




President Kennedy Is Assassinated, grades 6-12




The Kennedy Detail, grades 9-12




While it might seem like ancient history to many of you, there are probably lots of people in your school, family, and community who were alive at the time and remember the day well. Today’s challenge for our Comments section is to find someone who remembers this event and find out about his or her memory of it. Let’s build a historical record together!

You might ask: Where were there when they heard the news? What was their experience or reaction?

Put a quote from this person in the Comments section to help our community dive deeper into this history and try to understand what it was like to witness it.

52 comments… add one

  • Kaylee November 22, 2013, 8:06 pm

    awww! I think JFK was the best president ever i watched the movie Killing Kennedy it was so good!!!

    • Laura (aka) Willow December 10, 2013, 6:05 pm

      Ikr I wasn’t even born tho.. I don’t think.. :)

  • Owen November 22, 2013, 8:48 pm

    omg! I love reading about JFK, it is so interesting!

  • abaigael November 22, 2013, 10:04 pm

    dang it he died! but he has a daughter and a son to take care of… now his wife has to take care of them all by herself.

    • Santanna December 20, 2013, 4:04 pm

      jfk looked like he never aged and his wife is a pure example of natural butey

  • abaigael November 22, 2013, 10:07 pm

    my teacher was there when he died she said her mom said that she cried when he was assassinated.

    • Jeanette November 26, 2013, 4:02 pm

      Thanks for posting a memory from your teacher!

  • Frida November 23, 2013, 4:44 am

    I find it his death very tragic. The country truly mourned for the loss of a great man. I’ll always remember him for sending the American to the moon. :)

  • Abbye November 23, 2013, 6:59 pm

    Why did JFK have to be assassinated? I really, really, really, really, liked him even though I wasn’t born when he was president. Now his wife has to take care of his children by herself. Boo-hoo!

  • Quadrees November 24, 2013, 2:02 am

    That is so sad. And he was the one to make history.

  • Suzie November 25, 2013, 12:25 am

    It’s so sad to think about………. I wish it never happened =(

  • Suzie November 25, 2013, 12:27 am

    He was the best president from what I’ve heard……

  • Izzy November 25, 2013, 3:52 am

    Such a tragic time in America’s History… JFK was the President who saved us from the 1962 nuclear missle crisis. even though he was only president for 3 years people LOVED him. even though it is still a mystery of how he was assassinated, ( Lee Harvey Oswald was said to be the assassin, but everybody thinks another assassin was involved ) he will be missed ( If you don’t know what im talking about do research you will learn a lot about our country )

    • Carolyne December 10, 2013, 10:12 pm

      Izzy, I think there was another assassin. Because I’ve done a lot of research and found where someone was interviewed and they said that teh distance between the 2nd and 3rd bullet was so little. They said it sounded like knocking on wood and a the gun that was used couldnt shoot to bullets like that with so little time in between them.

      What do you think?

      I love historical mysteries…even though they are occasionally sad. :(

      • Rosemary December 18, 2013, 5:59 pm

        I agree with the two shooter theory as well, Carolyne. Another thing I noticed, as well as a LOT of other people, was then when JFK was shot his head had back. But the first shot had hit in in the back. So, what would be a logical conclusion is that there were two shooters, each in a different place.

  • Flash November 25, 2013, 12:46 pm

    I wonder what would’ve happened if he wasn’t assassinated?????

    • Carolyne December 10, 2013, 10:13 pm

      oh yeah…good question

      • RAM December 12, 2013, 9:38 pm

        I Know right i’m the same person as Flash

  • Sabrina November 25, 2013, 1:41 pm

    Thats reaaly sad. He was the best man and person EVER. Who would kill JFK?

    • RAM December 18, 2013, 9:09 pm

      OBVI!!! Lee Harvey Oswald

  • Sabrina November 25, 2013, 1:42 pm

    I hope it doen’t happen again

  • Alex November 25, 2013, 6:02 pm

    I hate that he was killed to:(

  • Alex November 25, 2013, 6:09 pm

    This page is sooooooooooooooooo sad;(

    • michael November 26, 2013, 12:52 am

      hi I agree he is my fav President well was

  • lokay November 25, 2013, 10:59 pm

    i love it

  • harley November 26, 2013, 4:26 am

    That is so sad he died. That is so sad right.

  • harley November 26, 2013, 4:34 am

    My grandma she waz at work when this happened and they closed the work down and they had to go home and my grandma said that waz the first time that she could hear heels click the ground because how quiet it was

    • Jeanette November 26, 2013, 4:04 pm

      Thanks for posting a memory from your grandma, Harley. What a compelling and sad detail about being able to hear the heels clicking the ground.

  • Jeffrey November 26, 2013, 2:46 pm

    i miss u JFK i wish u were still alive

  • Juan November 26, 2013, 7:16 pm

    it’s really sad that he got assassinated. he was the greatest president that America has ever had even though I wasn’t born at that time. all I know is that America mourned a lot and that jfk will always be remembered.

  • Pearl November 26, 2013, 11:40 pm

    I also learnt about JFK at school. When I saw that tragic moment when he was assassinated I vowed to myself that i would never give up in achieving my dreams. Just like JFK. He inspired me a lot. I love you JFK!!

  • Jaysen December 3, 2013, 6:06 pm

    Hate that JFK died :(

    • YM December 9, 2013, 1:05 am

      well it is very sad

  • Claire December 8, 2013, 7:19 pm

    it is so sad. JFK was just a normal guy with a family. my grandpa sad when JFK died everyone he worked with didn’t believe that it happened so they went on working for the day. the next day they had work off. Watched this story on the news about how what JFK was wearing might have caused his death. This is because he was wearing a back brace that caused him to not be able to bend down. Then when the fist shot was fired and it missed JFK he couldn’t bend down to shield himself and the second bullet fired and killed him…so sad.

  • Sarah December 9, 2013, 6:52 pm

    I am so sad! I am crying a river in the school hallway! I wish he didn’t die!

  • nathally December 9, 2013, 6:52 pm

    i am sad he died but at least its his anniversary. he was a awesome president. my mom said that she was there when he died she was sad cause he was a honest president.

  • Annika December 10, 2013, 4:45 am

    That is very sad. he was a good person. It was good he was honest though. Nobody wants to be a liar. He was an awesome president. :):(:):(:):(

  • Kayley December 10, 2013, 5:59 pm

    He was in the files with President Lincoln, and George Washington. Best person ever.

  • Carolyne December 10, 2013, 10:06 pm

    Was the JFK murder a single act or a conspiracy?
    I think it was a conspiracy but…y’all think what you wanna.
    Did y’all know that there were like 66…I think….mysterious murders after JFK was shot…and the strange thing was that all of them were witness and had some connection to Lee Harvey Oswald (The one who murdered JFK). Weird!
    I loooooovvvvvvveeeeeeee historical mysteries and spent like all last night watching videos and doing research to try to figure where all three bullets came from.

  • AG December 11, 2013, 6:44 pm

    Im awesome and i feel terible that he died :(

  • nathally December 11, 2013, 10:34 pm

    Who ever killed him deserved to be punished do u agree with me? Also some people say it might be people that worked with him that were jealous.

    • Alexis December 19, 2013, 4:15 pm

      I agree that they should be punished in prison. However, it’s better to focus on how we can prevent assassination and honor Sir Kennedy’s hard work.

    • Renee January 14, 2014, 1:11 am

      Good point. I agree 100%.

  • nathally December 11, 2013, 10:36 pm

    Like Abraham Lincon he was killed which I also ……. cryed.

    Today well his anniversary is special right?

  • jays12 December 12, 2013, 2:38 pm

    he was a great president

  • jays12 December 12, 2013, 2:39 pm

    he was a great president he will al ways be in our memories

  • nina December 12, 2013, 8:19 pm

    He was a Good president, on some levels, on one hand he did so much for the civil rights but on the other he lied to the people cheated on his wife in the white house and raised taxes by 45%.

  • ARM December 13, 2013, 7:58 pm

    thats soo cool!!!!!!!!1

  • Sarah December 16, 2013, 7:21 pm

    I wish I lived in the white house with my friends and family.

  • Rosemary December 18, 2013, 5:54 pm

    This is such tragic event. Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if this had never happened. We could currently be living in somewhat of a dystopia, or possibly a utopia. Time is a very confusing, complicated thing.

  • Lindsey March 11, 2014, 10:03 pm

    Did you know that the famous British show “Doctor Who” was 1st released a day after he died, but know one was watching it because everyone was watching the news on JFK. They were aloud to release the 1st episode again the next day and then a lot of people watched.

    If you love Doctor Who please put a comment below specifically talking to me.

  • Lindsey March 11, 2014, 10:04 pm

    sorry I meant allowed


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