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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.



  1. Kaylee (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

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

    • Laura (aka) Willow (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

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

  2. Owen (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

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

  3. abaigael (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    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 (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

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

  4. abaigael (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

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

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

      Thanks for posting a memory from your teacher!

  5. Frida (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    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. :)

  6. Abbye (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    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!

  7. Quadrees (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

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

  8. Suzie (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

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

  9. Suzie (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

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

  10. Izzy (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    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 (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

      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 (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

        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.

  11. Flash (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

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

    • Carolyne (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

      oh yeah…good question

      • RAM (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

        I Know right i’m the same person as Flash

  12. Sabrina (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

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

    • RAM (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

      OBVI!!! Lee Harvey Oswald

  13. Sabrina (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    I hope it doen’t happen again

  14. Alex (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    I hate that he was killed to:(

  15. Alex (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    This page is sooooooooooooooooo sad;(

    • michael (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

      hi I agree he is my fav President well was

  16. lokay (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    i love it

  17. harley (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

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

  18. harley (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    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 (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

      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.

  19. Jeffrey (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    i miss u JFK i wish u were still alive

  20. Juan (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    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.

  21. Pearl (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    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!!

  22. Jaysen (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    Hate that JFK died :(

    • YM (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

      well it is very sad

  23. Claire (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    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.

  24. Sarah (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

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

  25. nathally (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    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.

  26. Annika (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    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. :):(:):(:):(

  27. Kayley (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

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

  28. Carolyne (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    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.

  29. AG (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    Im awesome and i feel terible that he died :(

  30. nathally (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    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 (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

      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 (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

      Good point. I agree 100%.

  31. nathally (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

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

    Today well his anniversary is special right?

  32. jays12 (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    he was a great president

  33. jays12 (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

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

  34. nina (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    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%.

  35. ARM (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

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

  36. Sarah (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

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

  37. Rosemary (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    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.

  38. Lindsey (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    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.

  39. Lindsey (Reply) on Friday 22, 2013

    sorry I meant allowed