Special Report

100 Surprising Facts About JFK

John Harrington
 
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81.
The murder weapon was an Italian carbine rifle Oswald had bought for $19.95.

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82.
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.

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83.
Oswald would be slain two days later by Jack Ruby as he was transferred to county jail from city jail.

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84.
The circumstances of the assassination spawned a cottage industry of conspiracy theories.

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85.
At the time, assassination of a president was not a federal offense; Oswald would have been tried in Texas.

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86.
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.

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87.
The pink suit Jackie Kennedy wore in Dallas was never cleaned and is in the National Archives.

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88.
The Texas School Book Depository’s sixth floor, from which Oswald shot Kennedy, is now a museum dedicated to JFK’s assassination.

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89.
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.

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90.
The caisson that bore Kennedy’s body also carried the remains of Franklin Roosevelt.