JFK Assassination 50 Years Later
In the months that followed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, realizing the late President’s wish that his national memorial consist of three parts—a museum, a library, and a political institute—and that it stand next to the Harvard campus.
Sophomore Devin Dwyer of the Harvard men’s lacrosse team came into the 2014 campaign as the reigning All-New England Rookie of the Year. Despite the target on his back, the attackman only gotten better this season, despite teams focusing their defenses on stopping him.
One mourner among a reported 2000 who gathered in Memorial Church on Saturday, Nov. 23, 1963, to demonstrate what the photo's caption characterizes as "the intense sorrow of a stunned nation." The photo ran on page two of the Monday, November 25, 1963, issue of The Crimson.
The Crimson has asked a broad range of alumni, many of whom are still a part of the Harvard community, to reflect on the moment they heard of the President’s death. A smaller number of experts around Harvard have offered an assessment of Kennedy’s legacy in American culture and political history.
President John F. Kennedy '40 and his brother Edward M. Kennedy '54-'56 appear together at a dinner at Boston's Commonwealth Armory on Saturday, October 19, 1963, a month before the President's assassination. The photograph ran on the front page of the Monday, October 21, 1963, issue of The Crimson.
Robert F. Kennedy '48, the President's brother, and Jacqueline Kennedy, his wife, wait to join a funerary procession at the U.S. Capitol in this Associated Press photograph, which ran on the second page of the Monday, November 25, 1963, issue of The Crimson.
This single-sheet extra edition of The Crimson was published on Friday, November 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy '40 was shot. According to then-Crimson managing editor Bruce L. Paisner '64, the extra was printed at around 2:30 p.m. and distributed at around 5 p.m.
Yale's Bill Henderson (40) runs into Crimson opposition during the second period of the 1963 Harvard-Yale Game, as John Dockerty (44), Jack Neuenschwander (70), and Rick Beizer (26) converge on the Eli halfback. This photograph from the New Haven Game, which was rescheduled for November 30 after the Kennedy assassination, ran on the third page of the Monday, December 2, 1963, issue of The Crimson.
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the president’s assassination, Harvard will host a series of events to honor the legacy of President John F. Kennedy ’40 on Friday.
President John F. Kennedy '40 speaking at Boston's Commonwealth Armory on Saturday, Oct. 19, 1963, after attending the Harvard-Columbia football game. This photo ran on the front page of The Crimson on Monday, October 21, 1963, just a month before the President's assassination.