His assassination stunned the world. On November 22, 1963, as the dynamic 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, waved to the crowds from a convertible slowly navigating the streets of Dallas, Texas, shots rang out. The president was hit.
A few hours later, the youngest man ever elected president and the country’s first Catholic president died. He’d been in office for only two years and ten months of a four-year term.
Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with killing the president but denied it. Two days later, while in police custody, Oswald himself was shot and killed by Jack Ruby.
For years, the Kennedy assassination was investigated. Many theories arose about who shot Kennedy and why he was killed. Some believed Kennedy’s murder involved several people. Others insisted it was the act of a single man.
After Kennedy’s death, Vice President Lyndon Johnson became the 36th president of the United States. He continued many of Kennedy’s policies, escalated U.S. participation in the Vietnam War and pushed through groundbreaking reforms in civil rights.