Death of the President ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy – November 22, 1963

Exerpts from the John F. Kennedy Library website:

Shortly after noon on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated as he rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas…

Crowds of excited people lined the streets and waved to the Kennedys. The car turned off Main Street at Dealey Plaza around 12:30 p.m. As it was passing the Texas School Book Depository, gunfire suddenly reverberated in the plaza.

Bullets struck the president’s neck and head and he slumped over toward Mrs. Kennedy. The governor was also hit in the chest.  The car sped off to Parkland Memorial Hospital just a few minutes away. But little could be done for the President. A Catholic priest was summoned to administer the last rites, and at 1:00 p.m. John F. Kennedy was pronounced dead…

President Kennedy’s flag-draped casket was moved from the White House to the Capitol on a caisson drawn by six grey horses, accompanied by one riderless black horse. At Mrs. Kennedy’s request, the cortege and other ceremonial details were modeled on the funeral of Abraham Lincoln. Crowds lined Pennsylvania Avenue and many wept openly as the caisson passed. During the 21 hours that the president’s body lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda, about 250,000 people filed by to pay their respects.

On Monday, November 25, 1963 President Kennedy was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. The funeral was attended by heads of state and representatives from more than 100 countries, with untold millions more watching on television…

As people throughout the nation and the world struggled to make sense of a senseless act and to articulate their feelings about President Kennedy’s life and legacy, many recalled these words from his inaugural address:

“All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days, nor in the first one thousand days, nor in the life of this administration. Nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.”…

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Test Your Knowledge ~ Thanksgiving Day Quiz

The iconic Norman Rockwell ”Freedom From Want” ilustration, 1943.

Just what do you know about the history and tradition of Thanksgiving and the turkey?

1.  Which wild bird was NOT on the Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving menu?  a) turkey; b) duck; c) goose; d) bald eagle

2. Which U.S. President established Thanksgiving as an annual holiday? a) George Washington; b) Abraham Lincoln; c) Franklin D. Roosevelt; d) Theodore Roosevelt

3.  What year did the Pilgrims celebrate the first Thanksgiving? a) 1620; b) 1621; c)1622; d) 1630

4.  Who was the governor of the Plymouth Colony at the time of the first Thanksgiving celebration? a) Miles Standish; b) John Alden; c) William Bradford; d) Mitt Romney

5.  What did the Pilgrims call their new colony? a) Plymouth Colony; b) Jamestown; c) Roanoke; d) Cape Cod

6.   Friendly natives from which tribe were invited to the Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving celebration? a) Wampanoag;  b) Iroquois; c) Patauxet; d) Algonquin

7.  What was the name of the ship the Pilgrims took to reach America? a) The Speedwell; b) The Bounty; c)The Godspeed; d) The Mayflower

8.  When do Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving? a) Same as in the U.S.; b) Second Monday of November; c) Second Monday of October; d) Fourth Thursday of October

9.  The first department store to sponsor a Thanksgiving Day Parade was? a) J. C. Penny’s; b) Gimbel’s; c) Macey’s; Montgomery Ward

10. What part of a turkey is saved and snapped as a superstitious good luck charm?

11. The real Plymouth Rock is cracked… True or False?

12. Thanksgiving is a religious holiday… True or False?

13. Why is the male turkey often referred to as “Tom Turkey”?

14. Which President referring to the turkey given to him for the White House said, “Let’s just keep him.”  a) Lincoln; b) FDR; c) Truman;  d) JFK

15. Turkeys can drown if they look up in the rain… True or False?

16. In 1943, Norman Rockwell created his famous “Freedom From Want” illustration using a Thanksgiving dinner for his example. The illustration first appeared as the cover of what magazine?

17. Which sporting event was part of early Thanksgiving celebrations? a) shooting; b) archery; c) knife throwing; d) football

18. The first Thanksgiving football game was played in 1934? Which team started this tradtion?

19. Baby turkeys are called? a) chicks; b) poults; c) tommies; d) they don’t have a name

20. What team does Lowell High School now play on Thanksgiving Day? Formerly?


1. d) the bald eagle;  2. b) A. Lincoln;  3. b) 1621;  4. c) William Bradford;  5. a) Plymouth Colony ; 6. a) Wampaoag; 7. d) The Mayflower; 8. c) second Monday of October;  9. b) Gimbel’s; 10. Wishbone; 11. True -  in an attempt to put it on a pedestal; 12. False; 13. Ben Franklin mockingly used the term referring to Thomas Jefferson who refused to consider his idea to have the turkey our national bird! 14. JFK; 15. True; 16. The Saturday Evening Post; 17. a) shooting; 18. the Detroit Lions (played the Chicago Bears); 19. b) poults; 20. Haverhill High School for the last 15 years formerly played Lawrence High School

Have a wonderful, joyful Thanksgiving Day – 2012!