The 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination is Friday, November 22, 2013, and today there are 252 programs relating to the former president in the C-SPAN Video Library.
Recently, C-SPAN3’s American History TV aired interviews with authors and eyewitnesses, including: a former AP reporter who covered President Kennedy and two Dallas ER workers who treated the President after he was shot.
C-SPAN’s First Ladies program also examined the image and influence of Jacqueline Kennedy, and on Sunday, the chairman of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation responded to phone calls and electronic communications on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.
There’s much more JFK Assassination Anniversary coverage coming up this weekend on C-SPAN3. Visit http://www.c-span.org for local channel finder, and catch up on any programming you missed at http://www.c-span.org/history/ and http://c-spanvideo.org/topic/JFK.
FRIDAY 11/22 on C-SPAN
7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET: LIVE-Washington Journal, C-SPAN’s morning program, will be devoted solely to the anniversary, focusing on viewer calls and memories and interspersed with oral histories from witnesses.
8:00 a.m. ET: LIVE Viewer call-in with Richard Reeves, author of several books about President Kennedy.
10:00 a.m. ET: NBC News coverage from November 22, 1963, when the network first reported on the assassination.
12:30pm ET: LIVE Ceremony from Dealey Plaza in Dallas: “The 50th: Honoring the Memory of President John F. Kennedy”
Historian David McCullough will read from JFK’s speeches and the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club will perform.
2:10pm ET: LIVE Viewer Calls on 50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination
2:30pm ET (taped): Ceremony from John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston: “A Nation Remembers: A Tribute to President John F. Kennedy”
Singer-songwriter James Taylor and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick are among those participating in the commemoration at the JFK Presidential Library.
SATURDAY 11/23 on C-SPAN3
12:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. ET: November 22 Ceremonies from Dealey Plaza in Dallas and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston – the first time either site has commemorated the assassination on this scale. In Dallas, historian David McCullough will read from JFK’s speeches and the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club will perform. In Boston, musicians who played for President Kennedy in the White House join the U.S. Navy women’s choir, which will sing hymns performed at his funeral.
4:30 p.m. ET: American Artifacts: “Three Shots Were Fired” Exhibit
Curator Carrie Christoffersen takes us through the Newseum’s exhibit, “Three Shots Were Fired,” which considers how President Kennedy’s assassination was documented and reported by the press.
5:00 p.m. ET: LIVE Viewer Call-in Program with Bill Minutaglio, Co-Author of “Dallas 1963”
5:45 p.m. ET: LIVE Viewer Call-in Program with Hugh Aynesworth, Author of “November 22, 1963: Witness to History”
SUNDAY 11/24 on C-SPAN3
1:30 p.m. ET: President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress on November 27, 1963– five days after the assassination.
2:00 p.m. ET: LIVE Viewer Call-in Program with Robert Caro, Author – “The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power,” and of the eBook Short “Dallas, November 22, 1963”
2:45 p.m. ET: LIVE Viewer Call-in Program with presidential historian Timothy Naftali on President Kennedy’s legacy
6:00 p.m. ET: NBC News Coverage of President Kennedy’s State Funeral as broadcast on Monday November 25, 1963.
Check c-span.org/history for the complete weekend schedule including:
- Texas Governor John Connolly, who was in the president’s car during the Dallas motorcade and was also shot
- Clint Hill, the secret service agent assigned to protect First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who was traveling in the first car behind the presidential limousine
- Lady Bird Johnson’s reflections on the Dallas motorcade and the chaos that followed in the rush to Parkland Hospital
- LBJ Aide Liz Carpenter, who wrote the brief statement that LBJ delivered upon arriving at Andrews Air Force Base with President Kennedy’s body on November 22, 1963
- Life Magazine journalist Richard Stolley on how he acquired the Zapruder film
- Civilians, journalists and Parkland Hospital doctors interviewed by the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, located in the Old Texas School Book Depository where suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald fired on the president’s motorcade.
Archival film and audio:
- “John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightening, Day of Drums,” with a recently recorded introduction from the film’s director, Bruce Herschenson
- Universal Newsreels: “President Assassinated” and “The World Mourns”
- U.S. Navy footage of JFK’s last two days in Texas and of the state funeral in Washington
- Audio recordings of LBJ’s phone calls to Rose Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.
- Air Force One transmissions between the White House, Andrews Air Force Base and presidential aides recorded November 22, 1963