10:47 PM EDT 12/21/2014
Originally posted 11/22/2014 03:50PM
LIFE.com features a series of photographs taken during the decade and a half when JFK was on his way to becoming, for a time, the most powerful person on earth
Originally posted 01/15/2014 09:00AM
A series of condolence messages sent after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago, on Nov. 22, 1963, was released Tuesday from the personal papers of his widow, including a letter from the mother of one of four girls killed in the bombing of a Baptist church in Alabama during the civil rights movement.
Originally posted 11/22/2013 01:40PM
In Dallas, somber and thoughtful ceremonies were set for Friday afternoon to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, who was gunned down on Nov. 22, 1963, as his open-air motorcade traveled through the city.
Bells were expected to toll throughout Dealey Plaza, where sniper Lee Harvey Oswald fired upon Kennedy, who was traveling with his wife, Jacqueline, and Texas Gov. John Connally and his wife, Nellie. The death of Kennedy, the nation's youngest president, plunged the word into mourning, and even today he continues to remain a figure of hope and unity.
Historian David McCullough was scheduled to read passages from Kennedy's speeches, including his much-repeated call to service made during his 1961 inaugural address: "Ask not what your country will do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."
Originally posted 11/22/2013 01:15PM
Abraham Zapruder's footage of President John F. Kennedy's assassination may be the most famous home movie in American history. It's also the most chilling.
In this video, journalist Richard Stolley (who later became PEOPLE magazine's founding editor) recounts how he tracked down Zapruder, an amateur film-buff, and purchased the 26-second clip for Life magazine.
Originally posted 11/22/2013 11:15AM
On this bittersweet anniversary, the Kennedy family has reason to celebrate: The first photos of its youngest member have emerged, 50 years after the death of President John F. Kennedy.
Nora Kara Kennedy was born on Nov. 19, joining the ranks of a family that includes one president, three senators, four members of the House of Representatives and one ex-boyfriend of Taylor Swift. Her father, former U.S. representative Patrick Kennedy, is the son of longtime senator Ted Kennedy, which (if you're keeping track) makes her the great-niece of JFK.
Originally posted 11/22/2013 07:00AM
On Friday's 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, it's only natural to dwell on how the tragedy affected the nation. But while we remember and pay tribute to the charismatic 35th President half a century later, it is also relevant to assess the Kennedy legacy and look forward.
The Kennedy family has shaped the politics, news and minds of America. Their power and allure continues with the new generation of Kennedys. JFK's grandchildren, great nieces and great nephews are making names for themselves in a variety of fields. Read on to learn more about the most recent members of the Kennedy family tree, and why you should expect to see their names in the news.
Originally posted 11/21/2013 01:20PM
As the nation prepares to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, it is worth remembering that we are not just mourning a death but also celebrating a remarkable life.
Our friends at LIFE recently discovered in their archives a series of rare and never-published photographs of President Kennedy in the autumn of 1963, some taken the day of Kennedy's assassination and others snapped in the weeks and months that preceded the murder.
They are portraits of a leader at the peak of his powers, and a lasting tribute to a presidency that was flourishing prior to Dealey Plaza.
Originally posted 11/19/2013 09:00PM
Former congressman Patrick Kennedy and his wife, Amy, welcomed a daughter – Nora Kara Kennedy – on Tuesday.
Weighing 6 lbs., 11 oz. and measuring 18¼", the newest member of the Kennedy clan was born at 3:11 p.m. at the Atlanticare Regional Medical Center in New Jersey, where the family now lives.
The couple, who wed in 2011, already have a son, Owen, 18 months, while Amy has a daughter Harper, 5, from a previous marriage.
Originally posted 10/22/2013 08:00AM
Rob Lowe took a thoughtful approach to playing one of our nation's most beloved public figures, John F. Kennedy.
"I think for known figures, the key is inhabitation, not imitation," Lowe says of his transformation into the 35th President for National Geographic Channel's Killing Kennedy, based on Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's book.
It airs Nov. 10 – 12 days before the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination.
Lowe had studied the Kennedys for some time, well before he was asked to play the role.
Originally posted 06/13/2013 02:50PM
The first photo from Killing Kennedy requires a double take.
Rob Lowe, 49 – who portrays John F. Kennedy in National Geographic Channel's film adaptation of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's book, Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot – looks like the real deal as the iconic president who was assassinated in 1963 at age 46.
The film, set for a small-screen release in November, also stars Ginnifer Goodwin as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and Michelle Trachtenberg as Lee Harvey Oswald's wife, Marina Oswald.
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