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Dallas Remembers Darkest Day, 48 Years Later

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365e71ec577e49fb8e5eb28f072a9f24 Dallas Remembers Darkest Day, 48 Years Later

President John F. Kennedy speaks in Fort Worth on Nov. 22, 1963. (White House photo)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – One of the darkest days in North Texas history happened 48 years ago today. The motorcade was nearing the end of the of the parade route through downtown Dallas when those infamous shots rang out from what was then the Texas School Book depository. President Kennedy and Texas governor John Connally had been shot.

The motorcade raced from the scene with a critically wounded Kennedy. While the chaotic search for the gunman unfolded near the school book depository, then KRLD reporter Bob Huffaker was at Parkland Hospital as hundreds who had earlier given President Kennedy and First Lady Jackie such a warm welcome anxiously awaited any word. The shock quickly deepened when it was confirmed by emergency room doctors that President Kennedy had died from his wounds.

KRLD’s Matt Thomas Reports:

In addition to killing President Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald also gunned down Dallas Police officer J.D. Tippit in Oak Cliff before his arrest at the Texas Theatre. The man who called in on a police radio to report Tippit’s shooting was honored just last year at the police headquarters that replaced the building where Oswald was shot and killed in front of reporters and TV cameras by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby.

For years, the Sixth Floor Museum has been archiving old footage and doing interviews with those involved, because with each passing anniversary there are fewer and fewer around to tell give their account of the events they witnessed that unfolded in North Texas in November of 1963.

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