As the nation pauses to remember President John F. Kennedy today, there was another killing in Dallas on that horrible day. A 39-year-old Dallas police officer named J.D. Tippit was killed by the man who shot John F Kennedy. Officer Tippit died in the line of duty and became part of history. We remember him in tonight's American Journey.
It's hard to imagine what life has been like for Lee Harvey Oswald's widow for the past 50 years. Marina Oswald Porter started a new life, with a new husband, but understandably she has become somewhat reclusive as the decades have gone by. Anderson spoke to Priscilla Johnson McMillan, one of the few people alive who met both President Kennedy and his killer. She was a researcher for JFK when she was in her 20s, and later met Oswald while working as a reporter in the Soviet Union.
You think about the early jet age and it's hard not to think of the Kennedys. There's a reason for that. They helped usher it in. Until the Kennedy Administration, Air Force One was an old propeller plane. By 1963, it was a gleaming jet. Sadly, on that Friday in Dallas, it was far more than just the president's plane, as Martin Savidge reports.
It is simply too hard for many people to imagine a lone individual can kill a towering global figure like President John F. Kennedy. Even Secretary of State John Kerry recently said he has doubts that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. Ed Lavandera takes a look at some of the conspiracy theories enduring 50 years after the assassination.
Anderson discussed these conspiracy theories with forensic pathologist and medical-legal expert Cyril Wecht and investigative reporter Gerald Posner.
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A half century has passed since the death of President John F. Kennedy. There is no way to know how the world would be a different place had JFK been able to serve out his term and maybe even a second. Anderson discussed the tragic events of the assassination along with JFK's legacy with John King, Presidential Historian Douglas Brinkley and Senior Political Analyst David Gergen.
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