Remembering John F. Kennedy

November 22, 2013
Kennedy in West Carrollton (Oct. 1960)

Kennedy in West Carrollton (Oct. 1960)

Fifty years ago today, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated while riding in a motorcade through Dallas, Texas. It has been one of the defining moments of national tragedy in our nation’s history that is etched into people’s memories. Like the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 or on the World Trade Centers in 2001, every American who was alive at the time remembers where they were when they heard and usually has a story to tell about it.

And so, today, we remember not only John F. Kennedy’s death, but also his life, a small portion of which he spent visiting the Miami Valley in happier times.

If you’d like, tell us your story about where you were when you heard President Kennedy had been shot. Or did you see Kennedy during one of his visits? 

Many of the photos below are from Kennedy’s campaign visit to the Dayton area in October 1960.

These photos can be found in the Wright State University Special Collections & Archives:

  • Dayton Daily News Archive, “Kennedy, John F.” (several folders).

You may also be interested in an entry we posted last year about “Kennedys in Dayton” (Oct. 18, 2012).

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2 Responses to Remembering John F. Kennedy

  1. Lou Ann Presley on May 12, 2015 at 5:19 am

    On that day in October, 1960, when Kennedy brought his campaign to Dayton I was late getting back to Emerson School from my lunch break because I went over to Patterson Blvd. and waited for Kennedy’s entourage to go by. I lived nearby on Catherine St., and just couldn’t pass up the chance to see him, even though my parents were Nixon supporters. I was in second grade, and it was the first time I ever broke the rules. I got in trouble but it was worth it. When he died we lived out on Miller Rd. near Drexel. I was home from school with a sore throat that day and remember Walter Cronkite interrupting the soap opera my mother was watching to tell us the president had been shot. It was scary to see how shocked and upset my mother was, and to realize that handsome young presidential candidate I’d seen three years before was dead.

    • Lisa on May 12, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Thank you for sharing your memories with us, Lou Ann!

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