History Tip of the Day – December 22nd

Lee Harvey Oswald is shot to death, November 24, 1963

An impromptu midnight press conference at Dallas police headquarters was surreal. Reporters were allowed to crowd a handcuffed Oswald. Jack Ruby, the fifty-two-year-old owner of a strip club, works his way in. A loaded Colt Cobra .38 is in his suit pocket. Oswald is led through the basement, his right arm handcuffed to a detective. Suddenly Ruby emerges from the crowd. Known to policemen and reporters, he has no trouble, even though there is no reason for him to be there. He aims his gun at Oswald’s abdomen, and fires one shot. Forty-eight hours and seven minutes after Kennedy’s death, Oswald also dies.