History Tip of the Day – January 28th

Lee Harvey Oswald shoots at Major General Edwin Walker, April 10th, 1963

Oswald hides in the shadows of a Dallas alleyway. His new rifle is pointed at Major General Edwin Walker, less than one hundred feet away. Walker is an anti-communist fanatic and a rabid segregationist who had been arrested in 1962 for attempting to block the integration of the University of Mississippi. Oswald watches Walker’s every move through the telescopic sight of his Italian rifle. Oswald fires just one shot, then turns and runs as fast as he can. The bullet ricochets off the windowpane, missing Walker’s head by three inches. Oswald has botched the easiest shot he will ever take.