The John F. Kennedy Assassination and the Moonlanding

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The assassination of John F. Kennedy is one of the most devastating events in our nation’s history. John F. Kennedy, also known as JFK, became America’s 35th president when he was elected in 1960. Soon after being elected, Kennedy made it a goal to land a man on the moon. As promised, in 1969, Apollo 11 did just that. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins were the astronauts that were sent into orbit and eventually landed on the moon (Dunbar). These two events helped shape our nation’s history, and were very important in characterizing that time period. There are several different theories on the death of John F. Kennedy and the landing of the moon. After clinching the victory of the election in 1960, it was time for Kennedy to start planning for his second presidential race. Part of his plan was to tour the country campaigning in hopes of being reelected. The tour led him to five cities in Texas including Dallas. One of his main objectives was to bring democrats together because Texas was a crucial state to get him reelected. Upon their arrival in Dallas, JFK and his wife joined the governor and his wife in a limousine. With the vice president and his wife in a car behind them, the motorcade was scheduled to make a ten mile tour through the city. The tour of the city was to end at the Trade Mart where JFK was scheduled to speak at a luncheon. Before the motorcade could reach it’s destination, the president was shot in the head and the governor was shot in the chest. The car went quickly to the hospital, which was very close to the scene. The governor was able to recover from being shot, but Kennedy died at the hospital at approximately 1:00. JFK’s body was loaded onto Air Force One. Before taking off, Lyndon B. Johns... ... middle of paper ... ...that have conspiracy theories, but the fact remains that these two events have helped shape our country’s unique history. Works Cited Villard, Ray. "Did NASA Fake the Moon Landing?." Astronomy. July 2004: 48-53. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 08 Apr. 2014 Thomas, Evan. "Who Shot JFK?." Newsweek. Sept. 6 1993: 14-17. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 09 Apr. 2014. Gest, Ted, and Joseph P. Shapiro. "JFK: The Untold Story of the Warren Commission." U.S. News & World Report. Aug. 17 1992: 28+. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 09 Apr. 2014. Marks, Peter, and Steve Wick. "Real to Reel: Nearly 30 Years After Kennedy's Assassination..." Newsday (Long Island, NY). Jan. 19 1992: 3+.SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 09 Apr. 2014. Borenstein, Seth. "NASA Commissions Book to Prove Moon Landing Really Happened." KRT News Service. Nov. 1 2002: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 09 Apr. 2014.

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