A look back: 50 years after JFK's death

Coverage and images and pages commemorating the 35th President

Fifty years ago, on Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. The news sent shockwaves across the nation and around the world. This collection of stories, pages and photos from archives of The Spokesman-Review and Spokane Chronicle detail just how much the tragic death of our 35th president affected Spokane.

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Spokane is Shocked by President’s Death

Story from The Spokane Chronicle

The President’s assassination today brought to a hushed, shocked, unbelieving halt the normal flow of life in Spokane. Schools, stores, public offices – everywhere regular activity was suspended. Strangers became friends for the moment.

November 22, 1963

News hits “Like Bomb”

Story from Nov. 22, 1963

News of the fatal shooting of President John F. Kennedy struck Spokane like a bomb today. Word of the tragedy spread like wildfire by word of mouth through downtown offices and stores and by telephone around the city and its outskirts.

November 22, 1963

Big picture gallery from Spokane visit

John F. Kennedy was in a down-to-the-wire battle with Richard M. Nixon for the presidency in 1960. Sen. Kennedy made four trips to Spokane that year, the city being seen as a key battleground for the electoral votes of Washington. He appeared at a rally at the Lincoln Monument in downtown, at a special meeting at Gonzaga, at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in February, and, made a final campaign swing through the city on November 6, two days before the election. The election took place on November 8. Kennedy eked out victory by the narrowest of margins and took the oath of office as the nation’s 35th President in January of 1961.

November 21, 2013

City expresses ‘profound shock’

Story from Nov. 23, 1963

The assassination of President Kennedy brought deep shock and grief to people of Spokane Friday. Businessmen, secretaries, shoppers, students – people from all walks of life express sorrow and amazement.

November 23, 1963

Most Retailers and Public Services Close Monday

Story from The Spokane Chronicle

Most Spokane retail business and public service operations will be at a standstill Monday as the city mourns the death of President John F Kennedy.

November 24, 1963

Kennedy Ceremonies Announced

Story from The Spokane Chronicle

Thousands of Spokane and Inland Empire citizens will pay homage to the late president John F. Kennedy in numerous ceremonies scheduled today and Monday. Churches of all faiths have scheduled special rites and civic memorials are being planned.

November 24, 1963



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