Live from 1963
Flashback to the Past
On that fatal day exactly 50 years ago, what would it have been like had social media been around? Try and imagine the President of the United States being assassinated in the streets of downtown Dallas today. That is what this project is dedicated to. Follow @AgencyEntourage on Twitter as we live tweet November 22, 1963.
John F. Kennedy
#1: 8:45 - President Kennedy’s Speech in front of Hotel Texas.
"This city has been a great western city. The defense of the West, cattle, oil,
and all the rest. It has believed in strength in this city, in this state, and in this
country. What we are trying to do in this country and what we’re trying to do
around the world, I believe, is quite simple. And that is to build a military structure,
which will defend the vital interest of the United States. And in that great cause, Ft.
Worth, as it in did in World War II, as it did in developing the best bomber system in
the world, the B58, and as it will now do in developing the best fighter system in the
world, the TFX. Ft Worth will play its proper part."
#2: 11:45 – What role did the weather play?
What started as a gloomy morning in Ft Worth on November 22 turned into a
perfect, dry, and sunny day in Dallas. The executive decision was made by the
Kennedy’s to drive a convertible with no top so that the people could get a real
glimpse of him and Mrs. Kennedy. The problem, as we all found out later that day,
was that this left him exposed if there were any attempts to injure him.
#3: President Kennedy integral in the Civil Rights Movement
Kennedy defined the civil rights crisis as moral, as well as constitutional and
legal. He announced that major civil rights legislation would be submitted to the
Congress to guarantee equal access to public facilities, to end segregation in
education, and to provide federal protection of the right to vote. The Civil Rights Act
was not passed until July 2, 1964 but Lyndon B. Johnson did an honorable job after
the assassination of using his connections with southern white congressional
leaders to get the act passed as a way to honor President Kennedy.
#4: 12:30 – The President of the Unites States has been shot.
President Kennedy was shot at 12:30 PM, yet there was no official
announcement to the press until 1:30 PM by Assistant Press Secretary Malcolm
Kilduff. A full hour! Contrary to today’s instant information flow, it is indicative of
the type of world that existed in 1963 when cell phones would not come to exist
until more than 20 years later. Television and radio were the main forms of media
broadcasting back then the only way to receive 100% confirmation of the
President’s death was through a telephone call.
#5: The Kennedy’s Were The Closest Thing To American Royalty
President Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy were adored in the eyes of
America. Kennedy, the youngest and first Roman Catholic President, took a trip to
Texas in an effort to campaign for the 1964 Election. Jackie, who did not normally
travel with Kennedy, came by special request of the President and was a hit through
the state. The President himself charmed his way into the hearts of Texans during
the trip and just moments before the President was shot, Lady Bird Johnson told
Kennedy, “Mr. Kennedy, you can’t say that Dallas doesn’t love you.”
#6: 12:45 – Witnesses saw a man with a gun up in a Texas State School Depository
Lee Harvey Oswald, a former US Marine, shot well enough to be considered a
“sharpshooter” on the marksman/expert scale. After the military, Oswald seeked
citizenship in Russia. He considered himself a communist and no longer wanted to
be an American citizen. In October 1963, one month before the assassination, Lee
Harvey gets a job at the Texas School Book Depository in downtown Dallas. Lee was
later found hiding in the Texas Theater in Oak Cliff, less than 7 miles from
#7: 2:38 - Lyndon B Johnson sworn in as US President.
Amid pressure to have Air Force one return to Washington immediately,
Johnson states, “I will not leave for Washington without Mrs. Kennedy and the body
of the President. This is what I have to do; I owe it to that woman and her husband.”
At 2:30, after Mrs. Kennedy has arrived to Air Force One and given as much time as
she needed to gather herself, she stands to the left of Johnson as he is sworn in by
Dallas judge, Sarah Hughes.
#8: Speech That Was Never Given The Night of 11/22 in Austin, TX
"Our duty as a Party is not to our Party alone, but to the nation, and, indeed,
to all mankind. Our duty is not merely the preservation of political power but the
preservation of peace and freedom. So let us not be petty when our cause is so great.
Let us not quarrel amongst ourselves when our Nation's future is at stake. Let us
stand together with renewed confidence in our cause -- united in our heritage of the
past and our hopes for the future -- and determined that this land we love shall lead
all mankind into new frontiers of peace and abundance."
#9: The Motorcade Through Dallas
In what was his last ride, we have created a video taking the exact same
route The President of The United States took back on November 22, 1963. Had the
President driven the route today, scroll down to the next page to get a real glimpse
of Dallas and see exactly what the President saw 50 years ago, through the modern
eyes of today.