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    A 10-mile drive through Dallas and a speech on national security at the Trade Mart awaited President John F. Kennedy, as he, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Texas Gov. John Connally and Nellie Connally, departed Love Field on Nov. 22, 1963. Less than a hour later, gunshots would shatter the president's plans, and plunge the nation into profound grief. Take a trip back to that fateful day, 50 years ago.
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    Here are historic Sacramento photos from the time of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, along with edited remembrances from Sacramento Bee readers. See more comments, or contribute your own on The Sacramento Bee’s Facebook page.


    Passersby gather in a Sacramento furniture store on Nov. 22, 1963, to follow televised news of the assassination. Published in The Sacramento Bee, Nov. 23, 1963.


    What I remember

    “I was 21 years old, eating lunch at my office desk downtown when somebody rushed in shouting ‘The president is dead!’ I thought it must be someone local, like the president of Kiwanis or something similar. I was shocked when he said it was JFK. They let all of us go home for the rest of the day.”

    - Harriet Buchanan, 2013
    Sacramento Bee
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    Sen. John F. Kennedy enjoys breakfast in the Governor's Mansion during a visit with Gov. Pat Brown in 1960. Kennedy was seeking Brown's support for his presidential candidacy before the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. Also pictured are Amanda, the cook (standing), and Brown's wife, Bernice.


    What I remember

    “I was in Wuerzburg, Germany. We went on full alert.”

    - Bernie-Evelyn Haley, 2013
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    President John F. Kennedy and California Gov. Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, Sept. 28, 1963, during Kennedy’s visit to Northern California to dedicate just-completed Whiskeytown Dam and Reservoir, about six miles west of Redding.


    What I remember

    “I heard it in English class. I believe they dismissed the school kids to go home. I remember one kid laughing and said that he was glad. Anyway a bunch of guys chased him down and let him have it.”

    - Jim Heinze, 2013
    Sacramento Bee
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    All state and local governmental offices and schools and colleges were closed for an official day of mourning. Published in The Sacramento Bee, Nov. 25, 1963.


    What I remember

    “I cried because my folks were so upset. I was 6 years old. The TV was on all day. We had a picture of (President Kennedy) in our living room when I was growing up.”

    - Maureen Martindale, 2013
    Sacramento Bee
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    President John F. Kennedy, Sept. 28, 1963, during his visit to Northern California to dedicate Whiskeytown Dam and Reservoir.


    What I remember

    “I was a 20-year-old serviceman in the Air Force. The base where I was stationed was in lockdown, and there were rumors that a war was about to start. According to the rumors, the Soviets had ordered the assassination because Kennedy had embarrassed them in the Cuban missile crisis.”

    - Greg Morris, 2013
    Sacramento Bee
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    The state Capitol dome forms a backdrop for mourners during a candlelight service for President Kennedy. Published in The Sacramento Bee, Nov. 24, 1963.


    What I remember

    “The announcement came over the intercom when I was just leaving a language class on my way to eighth-grade home economics. The home ec teacher commented to a group of girls who were crying, ‘Why are you crying? It's not like you know him personally.’ I didn't do so well in home ec. I don't know if it's because I wasn't suited to it or that I just had developed an intense dislike for the teacher. What a crappy thing to say to a bunch of kids who were experiencing fear and uncertainty.”

    - Lynne Mann Conner, 2013
    Frank Stork | Sacramento Bee
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    More than 3,000 youths held lighted candles on the Capitol steps in Sacramento. Published in The Sacramento Bee, Nov. 24, 1963.


    What I remember

    “I was 13 years old and in Mr. Webb's social studies class at Peter Lassen (now Johnson West) Junior High. My friend, Steve Mcginty, was the class president and not in this particular class. Someone came into the door at the rear of the classroom and said the president had been shot. My first reaction was, who would want to shoot Steve? But we quickly learned that it was President Kennedy. School was excused and all the kids returned home. I remember my mom crying and the TV on. It was both a horrible and fascinating four days that followed.”

    - Robert Benjamin, 2013
    Frank Stork | Sacramento Bee
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    Judge Sarah T. Hughes administers the Presidential Oath of Office to Lyndon Baines Johnson at 2:39 p.m. (CT) aboard Air Force One, at Love Field, Dallas, on Nov. 22, 1963. Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Kennedy, Jack Valenti, Rep. Albert Thomas, Rep. Jack Brooks, Associate Press Secretary Malcolm Kilduff (holding microphone) and others witness the oath.
    Cecil Stoughton/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum | MCT
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    A worker at the Texas School Book Depository, Lee Harvey Oswald, 24, quickly became a suspect in the shooting of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, on Nov. 22, 1963. This photograph of Lee Harvey Oswald holding a rifle in the backyard at 214 Neeley Street in Dallas was among the evidence gathered by the police following the assassination.
    Dallas Police Department via Dallas Morning News | MCT
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    Frightened onlookers cover their children on the grass in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, after shots were fired at President John F. Kennedy's motorcade on Nov. 22, 1963, Cameramen record the action nearby. President Kennedy was struck by two shots, and Texas Gov. John Connally wounded, at 12:30 p.m. (CT).
    Cecil Stoughton/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum | MCT
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    President John F. Kennedy shakes hands with some of the thousands who showed up to see him at the Fresno Air Terminal on Aug. 19, 1962.
    THE FRESNO BEE
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    President John F. Kennedy boards the presidential jet at the Fresno Air Terminal on Aug. 19, 1962, ending a whirlwind, two-day tour of the central San Joaquin Valley.
    THE FRESNO BEE
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    President John F. Kennedy speaks during groundbreaking ceremonies at the San Luis Reservoir Project site, Aug. 19, 1962. "It is a pleasure for me to come out here and help blow up this Valley in the cause of progress," he said to laughter.
    THE FRESNO BEE
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    The caption for this photo: "Seventeen big television cameras flash San Luis ceremonies across the nation." President John F. Kennedy played a major role in the groundbreaking ceremonies at the San Luis Reservoir Project site, Aug. 19, 1962.
    THE FRESNO BEE
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    President John F. Kennedy arrives at Castle Air Force Base on Aug. 18, 1962, the start of a whirlwind, two-day visit to the central San Joaquin Valley that included stops in Yosemite and at the future site of San Luis Reservoir for groundbreaking ceremonies before departure from Fresno Air Terminal.
    THE FRESNO BEE
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    President John F. Kennedy, backseat right, with Governor Edmund G. Brown, rear center, at Castle Air Force Base on August 18, 1962.
    THE FRESNO BEE
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    In this Aug. 7, 1960 file photo, Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kennedy and wife Jacqueline sit in their sailboat in Hyannis Port, Mass.
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    In this Jan. 15, 1962 file photo, U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, center, checks the table setting of the White House gold service in the state dining room as she conducts a tour of the newly-restored White House for television cameras in Washington to be aired the month afterwards. More than 80 million Americans tuned in.
    AP
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    First lady Jacqueline Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy stand at attention during the playing of the national anthem at start of a reception during their state visit to Mexico City, Mexico, on June 30, 1962.
    HENRY BURROUGHS | AP
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    In this April 3, 1960 file photo, Sen. John F. Kennedy, Democratic presidential nominee, sits next to a playback of his televised appearance in Milwaukee, Wis. for the Wisconsin presidential primary two days later.
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    The presidential limousine carrying President Kennedyand first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, as well as Texas Gov. John Connally and his wife, is followed by secret servicemen on running boards, in this Nov. 22, 1963 File photo in Dallas, Texas. Moments later, President John F. Kennedy was hit by an assassin's bullets. (Associated Press/File)
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    President John F. Kennedy slumps down in the back seat of a car after being fatally shot in Dallas in this Nov. 22, 1963 File photo. Jacqueline Kennedy leans over the president as Secret Service agent Clinton Hill rides on the back of the car. (Associated Press/File/Ike Altgens)
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    Lyndon B. Johnson leaves Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, after learning that the President Kennedy had been assassinated. This is the only known moving picture of Johnson at Parkland that day. The 45 minute silent, black and white film has been turned over to the Assassination Records Review Board, the independent agency created by Congress to compile public record on the assassination. Johnson was sworn in as president a short time later. (The Dallas Morning News via AP Photo)
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    President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline are shown riding in a motorcade moments before the president was fatally shot. Texas Gov. John Connally and Mrs. Connally are in the front seat of the limousine. This frame grab image was made from a restored version of a film showing the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas, Nov. 22, 1963. (Associated Press/File)
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    In this Nov. 22, 1963 File photo, people line the street as the hearse bearing the body of slain U.S. President John F. Kennedy drives past a television truck as it leaves Parkland Hospital in Dallas, to be flown to Washington. (Associated Press/ File)
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    Lee Harvey Oswald sits in police custody shortly after being arrested for assassinating President John F. Kennedyin Dallas Nov. 22, 1963. Documents given by Boris Yeltsin to President Clinton on Sunday, June 20, 1999, could shed light on whether Oswald schemed to kill President Kennedy while he was an American defector living in the Soviet Union, assassination researchers said. (Associated Press/File)
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    The accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, center in handcuffs, is escorted to the Dallas city jail as nightclub owner Jack Ruby, foreground, approaches Oswald with a pointed revolver in the underground garage of the Dallas police headquarters, Texas, in this Nov. 24, 1963 File photo. Oswald is escorted by detectives Jim Leavelle, left, who is handcuffed to Oswald, and L.C. Graves, right. Directly behind Graves is detective L.D. Montgomery.(Associated Press/File/Jack Beers)
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    Eddie Adams photo shows Jacqueline Kennedy, widow of assassinated President John F. Kennedy, as she holds the American flag that covered the coffin of her husband, at Arlington National Cemetery in a Nov. 25, 1963, File photo. Photographer Eddie Adams died at his Manhattan, New York home from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004 said his assistant, Jessica Stuart. He was 71. (Associated Press/ Eddie Adams, File)
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    Three-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr. salutes his father's casket in Washington in this Nov. 25, 1963 File photo, three days after the president was assassinated in Dallas. Widow Jacqueline Kennedy, center, and daughter Caroline Kennedy are accompanied by the late president's brothers Sen. Edward Kennedy, left, and Attorney General Robert Kennedy. (Associated Press/File)
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    The accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, center in handcuffs, is escorted to the Dallas city jail as nightclub owner Jack Ruby, foreground, approaches Oswald with a pointed revolver in the underground garage of the Dallas police headquarters, Texas, in this Nov. 24, 1963 File photo. Oswald is escorted by detectives Jim Leavelle, left, who is handcuffed to Oswald, and L.C. Graves, right. Directly behind Graves is detective L.D. Montgomery.(Associated Press/File/Jack Beers)
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    President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline are shown riding in a motorcade moments before the president was fatally shot. Texas Gov. John Connally and Mrs. Connally are in the front seat of the limousine. This frame grab image was made from a restored version of a film showing the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas, Nov. 22, 1963. (Associated Press/File)
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    First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy cradles her husband President John F. Kennedy seconds after he was fatally shot. This frame grab image was made from a restored version of a film showing the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas, Tex., Nov. 22, 1963. (Associated Press/File)
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    The presidential limousine carrying President Kennedyand first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, as well as Texas Gov. John Connally and his wife, is followed by secret servicemen on running boards, in this Nov. 22, 1963 File photo in Dallas, Texas. Moments later, President John F. Kennedy was hit by an assassin's bullets. (Associated Press/File)
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    Eddie Adams photo shows Jacqueline Kennedy, widow of assassinated President John F. Kennedy, as she holds the American flag that covered the coffin of her husband, at Arlington National Cemetery in a Nov. 25, 1963, File photo. Photographer Eddie Adams died at his Manhattan, New York home from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004 said his assistant, Jessica Stuart. He was 71. (Associated Press/ Eddie Adams, File)
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    President John F. Kennedy slumps down in the back seat of a car after being fatally shot in Dallas in this Nov. 22, 1963 File photo. Jacqueline Kennedy leans over the president as Secret Service agent Clinton Hill rides on the back of the car. (Associated Press/File/Ike Altgens)
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    In this Nov. 22, 1963 File photo, people line the street as the hearse bearing the body of slain U.S. President John F. Kennedy drives past a television truck as it leaves Parkland Hospital in Dallas, to be flown to Washington. (Associated Press/ File)
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    The Sacramento Bee front page from Friday, Nov. 23, 1963.
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    After the shots were fired at President John F. Kennedy's motorcade on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas, law officers and witnesses first ran to the rail yard near the Texas School Book Depository to search for the assassin as shown in this film footage. Long-lost television news film of event surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy has been turned over to the agency compiling the public record. The 45 minute silent, black and white film has been turned over to the Assassination Records Review Board. (Associated Press)
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    Lee Harvey Oswald is led through the Dallas police station in 1963 after the assassination of President Kenndey. Long-lost television news film of event surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy has been turned over to the agency compiling the public record. The 45 minute silent, black and white film has been turned over to the Assassination Records Review Board, the independent agency created by Congress to compile public record on the assassination. (The Dallas Morning News via AP Photo)
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    Lyndon B. Johnson leaves Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, after learning that the President Kennedy had been assassinated. This is the only known moving picture of Johnson at Parkland that day. The 45 minute silent, black and white film has been turned over to the Assassination Records Review Board, the independent agency created by Congress to compile public record on the assassination. Johnson was sworn in as president a short time later. (The Dallas Morning News via AP Photo)
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    Long-lost television news film of events surrounding the assassination of President Kennedyhas been turned over to the agency compiling the public record. In a rare scene, Jack Ruby, left, is captured on film at Lee Harvey Oswald's "news conference" the night of Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas--two days before Mr. Ruby killed Oswald. The 45 minute silent, black and white film has been turned over to the Assassination Records Review Board, the independent agency created by Congress to compile public record on the assassination. (The Dallas Morning News via AP Photo)
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    Long-lost television news film shows President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy holding hands before boarding their convertible at Love Field for the motorcade through Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. The 45 minute silent, black and white film has been turned over to the Assassination Records Review Board, the independent agency created by Congress to compile public record on the assassination. (The Dallas Morning News via AP Photo)
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    President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy are greeted upon their arrival at the airport in Dallas, Texas, in this Nov. 22, 1963 File photo. Later that day, the president was assassinated. While commemorations have dissipated over the years, the passions of those who witnessed the killing have not. Sunday, Nov. 22, 1998 marks the 35th anniversary of the event that convulsed the nation. (Associated Press/File)
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    Lee Harvey Oswald sits in police custody shortly after being arrested for assassinating President John F. Kennedyin Dallas Nov. 22, 1963. Documents given by Boris Yeltsin to President Clinton on Sunday, June 20, 1999, could shed light on whether Oswald schemed to kill President Kennedy while he was an American defector living in the Soviet Union, assassination researchers said. (Associated Press/File)
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    A Pulitzer Prize winning photo by Robert H. Jackson of the Dallas Times-Herald captures the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald in the aftermath of President John F. Kennedy's 1963 assassination. Six Pulitzer Prize-winning pictures and the stories and photographers behind them are the focus of "Moment of Impact, " showing 8 p.m., EDT Sunday on Turner Network Television. (Associated Press/Robert H. Jackson, Dallas Times-Herald)
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    Caroline Kennedy and her brother, John Jr., accompany their mother, Jacqueline Kennedy, down the steps of Washington's St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church after the funeral Mass for their father, assassinated President John F. Kennedy November 25, 1963, John Jr.'s third birthday. The Coast Guard was searching Saturday, July 17, 1999 for a missing plane reportedly carrying John Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and her sister Lauren Bessette. (Associated Press)
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    President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife Lady Bird, left, console widow Jacqueline Kennedy moments after he was administered the oath of office in the cabin of the presidential plane at Love Field in Dallas, Texas, in this Nov. 22, 1963 File photo. (Associated Press/File/White House/Capt. Cecil Stoughton)
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    Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as President of the United States in the cabin of the presidential plane as Jacqueline Kennedy stands at his side in this Nov. 22,1963 File photo. Judge Sarah T. Hughes, left, administers the oath. In background, from left are, Jack Valenti, admistrative assistant to Johnson; Rep. Albert Thomas, D-Tex.; Lady Byrd Johnson; and Rep. Jack Brooks, D-Tex. (Associated Press/File/White House, Cecil Stoughton)
Here is a collection of photographs from the day President John F. Kennedy was shot and that killing's aftermath.
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