John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, is assassinated.
At 12:30 p.m. CST, Kennedy was fatally shot by a sniper while traveling in a presidential motorcade with his wife Jacqueline, Texas Governor John Connally, and Connally’s wife Nellie, in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas.
Kennedy was pronounced dead at 1:00 p.m. CST in Trauma Room 1 of Parkland Hospital. Governor Connally was seriously injured in the shooting, but survived his injuries.
At 2:38 p.m. CST, Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath of office on board Air Force One with Mrs. Kennedy at his side.
A ten-month investigation in 1963–64 by the Warren Commission concluded that Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone.
In contrast to the conclusions of the Warren Commission, the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) concluded in 1978 that Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. The committee could only link three of four gunshots to Oswald, suggesting a high probability that there were two gunmen.
Today, 50 years later, Kennedy’s assassination is still the subject of widespread debate and several conspiracy theories.