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John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas 47 years ago today

Posted by Metro Desk  November 22, 2010 01:31 PM

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Forty-seven years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed while riding in a motorcade through Dallas with his wife, Jacqueline, and Texas officials.

Kennedy's birthplace on Beals Street in Brookline reopened on Sunday for a small ceremony marking his death. The National Park Service, which runs the site, officially closed for the season in October.

At the JFK Library in Dorchester, a memorial wreath has been installed in the lobby of the presidential library. The library recently upgraded its internet presence to focus on the date 50 years ago when JFK was elected president.

The National Archives has collected hundreds of thousands of documents relating to Kennedy's assassination and the multiple investigations into the shooting of the president.

Lee Harvey Oswald, who was himself murdered on Nov. 24, was charged with shooting Kennedy from the sixth floor of what was then known as Texas School Book Depository in Dallas' Dealey Plaza. The building is now a major museum.

Originally published on the blog MetroDesk.

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