World Bulletin / News Desk
Former U.S. president John F. Kennedy was killed 50 years ago today after being shot in the head and the neck by a sniper while visiting Dallas, Texas.
Kennedy, who was sitting beside his wife in the back seat of their convertible vehicle, was pronounced dead at the hospital after being rushed from the scene, making him the fourth president in U.S. history to be assassinated.
The young and charismatic leader is remembered as one of the most beloved presidents of the United States, despite only being in power for three years.
In his short term in power before being killed, he was best remembered for his handling of the Cuban missile crisis during the Cold War. However, his legacy was marred by a failed attempt to invade the Bay of Pigs by a CIA-trained paramilitary group of Cuban exiles.
As well as attracting many admirers, Kennedy also attracted many enemies, as he openly protested against secret societies in the U.S. in a bid to take the power away from big business corporations and hand it back to the American people.
On April 27, 1961, Kennedy lashed out on secret societies, saying, "We are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence - on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations."
Immediately after his death, vice-president Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as president. Former Marine Corps veteran and Soviet defector Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested over his killing, but within a day of his arrest, he too was killed by local nightclub owner Jack Ruby.
Despite numerous calls for further investigations into his death, the government maintains that Oswald acted alone. However, many Americans refuse to believe the official story, and refer to the incident as a coup d’etat.Last Mod: 23 Kasım 2013, 18:08