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John F. Kennedy's assassination, 50 years later

Slaying on Nov. 22, 1963 was fourth presidential assassination in U.S. history

Last Updated: March 13, 2013

The story of the assassination of John F. Kennedy has been told and retold, analyzed and deconstructed for 50 years. For decades, people around the world have struggled to come to terms with the president's sudden and violent death.

The interactives below discuss some of the specifics of the infamous day in Dallas. Immediately below are profiles of some of the individuals closely associated with the assassination. Scroll further down for an interactive map of the final moments of Kennedy's motorcade.

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CBC News’ Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge was 15 when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Mansbridge visited Dallas to look at the impact Kennedy's death had on many in his generation. Why does it still fascinate and haunt them so, even after 50 years?

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Key figures

The people most closely associated with the assassination — the victim, his widow, the alleged assassin and the accidental filmmaker, among others — have become an indelible part of history.

Scroll through the profiles below to read about them and some of the other people linked with the events of Nov. 22, 1963.

(Images: Associated Press, Getty, Reuters)

The motorcade in Dallas

The streets of downtown Dallas were lined with supporters hoping to catch a glimpse of president John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline. The people waiting on Elm Street had no idea they were about to witness the fourth presidential assassination in U.S. history.

The interactive map below traces the final turn of the Kennedy motorcade. Hover over the numbers to read more about key locations.


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