November 23, 1963

"Kennedy Slain on Dallas Street" - The Dallas Morning News November 23, 1963 Edition

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On November 22, 1963, the 35th President of the United States wrote his name across the front page of that day's edition of the Dallas Morning News for a hotel chambermaid seeking an autograph. Beneath a headline declaring "Storm of Political Controversy Swirls Around Kennedy on Visit", Kennedy scribbled, "To Jan White, John Kennedy."

Those five words were, in all likelihood, the last Kennedy would ever write; this famous headline of the next day's edition of the Dallas Morning News explained why.

Newspaper, being the front page of the November 23, 1963 (morning) edition of the Dallas Morning News bearing the headline "Kennedy Slain on Dallas Street."  elephant folio [app. 14.5 x 22.5 inches].

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Transcript

The Dallas Morning News

Dallas, Texas, Saturday, November 23, 1963

Kennedy Slain on Dallas Street

Johnson Becomes President

Receives Oath on Aircraft

By Robert E. Baskin
Washington Bureau of The News

     In a solemn and sorrowful hour, with a nation mourning its dead President, Lyndon B. Johnson Friday took the oath of office as the 36th chief executive of the United States.
     Following custom, the oath-taking took place quickly - only an hour and a half after the assassination of President Kennedy. 
Federal Judge Sarah T. Hughes of Dallas administrated the oath in a hurriedly arranged ceremony at 2:39 p.m. aboard air Force 1, the presidential place that brought Kennedy on his ill-fated Texas trip and on which his body was taken back to Washington.
     Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Kennedy, her stocking still flecked with blood from the assassination, flanked the vice-president as he raised his right hand in the forward compartment...

Pro-Communist Charged With Act

     A sniper shot and killed President John F. Kennedy on the streets of Dallas Friday.  A 24-year-old pro-Communist who once tried to defect to Russia was charged with the murder shortly before midnight.
     Kennedy was shot about 12;30 p.s. Friday at the foot on Elm Street as the Presidential car entered the approach to the Triple Underpass.  The President died in a sixth-floor surgery room at Parkland Hospital about 1 p.m., though doctors said there was no chance for him to live when he reached the hospital...