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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.
Witness to historyReaders share memories of tragic event
» Read accounts from readers, shared by columnist Paul Turner.
» Find out about how a local man's study rebuts the single-shooter finding -- Shawn Vestal writes about what Robert Forman learned.
» A Spokane man served as usher in JFK's funeral. Staff writer Kip Hill talked to his son.
Read these stories and more.November 22, 2013
Spokane is Shocked by President’s DeathStory 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
Noise, Laughter Disappear From Halls of Schools HereStory from Nov. 22, 1963
Students in Spokane area public and private schools were shocked into silence today at the news of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.November 22, 1963
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 MondayStory 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 AnnouncedStory 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