History Tip of the Day – December 10th

John Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, November 22, 1963

From his sixth-floor sniper’s lair in the Texas Book Depository, Lee Harvey Oswald sees John F. Kennedy for the first time. He quickly sights his Italian carbine and takes aim. He gently squeezes the trigger, and even as he feels the recoil kick the rifle hard against his shoulder, he smoothly pulls back the bolt to chamber another round. Oswald fires again. Approximately 8.4 seconds after he fires the first shot, Oswald pulls the trigger a third time. Then he bolts. He drops the gun, and runs down the stairs. Sixty seconds later, the twenty-four-year-old assassin walks out into the sunshine.