Everyone and their dog is talking about the day President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas, 50 years ago today. There are countless videos, documentaries and newspaper inches spilling out as we lead up to the actual anniversary. In case you want a refresher course on some of the happenings of that day, here are some interesting videos with the comments of those, both the great and the historical-footnote variety, who were there.
5. Bystanders With Cameras.
Mary Moorman and Jean Hill had both turned out on the streets of Dallas to see the presidential motorcade as it passed by. "As the motorcade came down the slope we all got caught up in the thrill of we're going to see a president," Hill said. Moorman stepped out, camera in hand, lining herself up to take a photo as the president's car passed. "I followed it for oh so many seconds and then I did take the picture," she said in an interview. She heard a gunshot while she was taking the photo. When the polaroid developed it apparently captured JFK just as he was shot. (Also, listening to these old interviews, we can't help but notice that the Texas accent of today is nothing compared to what it once was."
4. Secret Service Agent Clint Hill.
Hill's interview with Mike Wallace for 60 Minutes came 12 years after the assassination, but it comes off as more wrenching and immediate. He said if he had reacted fractions of a second faster, "I wouldn't be here today ... That would have been fine with me." Watching the interview, Hill acknowledges that he basically never recovered from the trauma of that day. It's one of the saddest things you'll see, because it's so clear that this man who had many other accomplishments never forgave himself for not dying on November 22, 1963.
3. The Connallys
Gov. John Connally was, of course, shot that day, but he noted in an interview in the 1960s that his wife, Nellie Connally, was the real authority. Nellie went on to publish a book based on an account she wrote down right after the assassination on the couple's final hours with JFK. As the motorcade was moving through downtown Dallas, Nellie turned to Kennedy and famously said, "You can't say Dallas doesn't love you, Mr. President." That was when she heard the first shot, which she and her husband both swore hit the president, not Connally.
2. The Jacqueline Kennedy Tapes.
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After the assassination she refused to do interviews, but Jackie Kennedy did agree to record an oral history about four months after JFK died. Even in the snippets played by ABC, she doesn't talk directly about Dallas, but John F. Kennedy Jr., 3, wanders into the interview, answering the interviewer that his father went to heaven.
1. The Zapruder film (of course.)
What would a list of JFK videos be without the quintessential JFK assassination video, the one of the assassination himself. It's near impossible to have lived in this modern world without seeing this, but just in case you somehow missed it here it is, complete in close-up and slow motion.