100 Surprising Facts About JFK
The murder weapon was an Italian carbine rifle Oswald had bought for $19.95.
Dallas businessman Abraham Zapruder filmed the assassination on his 8 mm home movie camera and eventually sold the footage to Life magazine for $150,000.
Oswald would be slain two days later by Jack Ruby as he was transferred to county jail from city jail.
The circumstances of the assassination spawned a cottage industry of conspiracy theories.
At the time, assassination of a president was not a federal offense; Oswald would have been tried in Texas.
Jackie Kennedy removed her wedding ring and put it on her husband’s finger to be buried with him. Later she had an aide retrieve it.
The pink suit Jackie Kennedy wore in Dallas was never cleaned and is in the National Archives.
The Texas School Book Depository’s sixth floor, from which Oswald shot Kennedy, is now a museum dedicated to JFK’s assassination.
The lying-in-state of Kennedy’s body in the Capitol Rotunda was modeled on that of Abraham Lincoln funeral in 1865 at the insistence of Kennedy’s widow.
The caisson that bore Kennedy’s body also carried the remains of Franklin Roosevelt.