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On Friday, November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy rode in a motorcade procession through Dallas, Texas. At 12:30 in the afternoon, as the Presidential limousine proceeded down Elm Street in Dealey Plaza, shots were fired President Kennedy was struck in the throat.. And seconds later... A bullet tore apart his head…

The motorcade sped to Parkland Hospital, where at 1 P.M. the President was pronounced dead… An hour later on the Presidential plane, Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as the 36th President of the United States… That afternoon police arrested Lee Harvey Oswald as a suspect in the murder….

The next morning the Dallas Police announced that the case had been solved: Oswald, acting alone, had shot President Kennedy from a sixth floor window of the Texas School Book Depository Building, where a rifle and three cartridges were found… Oswald, however, maintained he was innocent. ‘I'm just a patsy,’ he said. The assassination of President Kennedy provoked speculation: Was Oswald indeed a lone assassin? Was he involved in a conspiracy to kill the President? Was he a hired killer acting for someone else? Was he innocent?

Then on Sunday morning, November 24 while millions watched on TV Oswald was murdered in the basement of a Dallas jail by Jack Ruby the owner of a Dallas strip-tease joint called the Carousel. Rumors spread rapidly, and a shocked nation demanded answers.

On Friday, November 29, Lyndon Johnson formed a commission charged with investigating the assassination of President Kennedy. Almost immediately it was called the Warren Commission, after the Chief Justice of the United States, Earl Warren, who was its chairman. Representative Gerald Ford, Representative Hale Boggs, Senator Richard Russell, Chief Justice Earl Warren, Senator John Sherman Cooper, Former World Bank President John J. McCloy, Former CIA Director Allen Dulles...

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