JFK Assassination 50 Years Later


Male Player of the Year, Runner-Up: Devin Dwyer

Sophomore Devin Dwyer of the Harvard men’s lacrosse team came into the 2014 campaign as the reigning All-New England Rookie of the Year. Despite the target on his back, the attackman only gotten better this season, despite teams focusing their defenses on stopping him.


JFK New Frontier

Charles Best, Founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org, speaks about his inspiration for creating the online charity for public schools at the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards Ceremony Monday evening.


Mourning at Memorial Church

A student weeps as mourners gather outside Memorial Church on Saturday, November 23, 1963, to remember the fallen President. The photograph ran as the top image on the front page of the Monday, November 25, 1963, issue of The Crimson.


Mourner in Memorial Church

One mourner among a reported 2000 who gathered in Memorial Church on Saturday, Nov. 23, 1963, to demonstrate what the photo's caption characterizes as "the intense sorrow of a stunned nation." The photo ran on page two of the Monday, November 25, 1963, issue of The Crimson.


Kennedy the Overseer

The President-elect leaves University Hall after his final meeting on the University Board of Overseers on January 9, 1961. The photograph ran on page four of the Tuesday, November 26, 1963, issue of The Crimson.


A Rescheduled Game

When word reached Cambridge and New Haven that President John F. Kennedy ’40 had been shot and killed in Dallas, all football plans for 80th rendition of The Game were abandoned.


Community Members Reflect on the Anniversary

The Crimson has asked a broad range of alumni, many of whom are still a part of the Harvard community, to reflect on the moment they heard of the President’s death. A smaller number of experts around Harvard have offered an assessment of Kennedy’s legacy in American culture and political history.


JFK at the Commonwealth Armory

President John F. Kennedy '40 and his brother Edward M. Kennedy '54-'56 appear together at a dinner at Boston's Commonwealth Armory on Saturday, October 19, 1963, a month before the President's assassination. The photograph ran on the front page of the Monday, October 21, 1963, issue of The Crimson.


In the Control Room

Douglas H. Shafner, currently a security officer at Harvard, witnessed the events of November 22, 1963 from a close vantage point: the master control room of Walter Cronkite’s CBS.


The President's Gaze

President John F. Kennedy '40 photographed in Boston by The Crimson on Saturday, October 19, 1963, just a month before he was assassinated. The photograph ran on page two of the Saturday, November 23, 1963, issue of The Crimson.


A Family in Mourning

Robert F. Kennedy '48, the President's brother, and Jacqueline Kennedy, his wife, wait to join a funerary procession at the U.S. Capitol in this Associated Press photograph, which ran on the second page of the Monday, November 25, 1963, issue of The Crimson.


Extra: Kennedy Assassinated

This single-sheet extra edition of The Crimson was published on Friday, November 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy '40 was shot. According to then-Crimson managing editor Bruce L. Paisner '64, the extra was printed at around 2:30 p.m. and distributed at around 5 p.m.


Scenes of a President and His Mourners

Archival photos in issues of The Crimson before and after John F. Kennedy '60's assassination.


The Game, Rescheduled

Yale's Bill Henderson (40) runs into Crimson opposition during the second period of the 1963 Harvard-Yale Game, as John Dockerty (44), Jack Neuenschwander (70), and Rick Beizer (26) converge on the Eli halfback. This photograph from the New Haven Game, which was rescheduled for November 30 after the Kennedy assassination, ran on the third page of the Monday, December 2, 1963, issue of The Crimson.


Harvard Community Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Kennedy's Assassination

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the president’s assassination, Harvard will host a series of events to honor the legacy of President John F. Kennedy ’40 on Friday.


JFK Forum

Panelists discuss how the economy has changed over the past years and how it evolves into a social impact economy at the JFK Forum, Thursday evening. Panelists included Scott Griffith, Karen G. Mills, Tracy Palandjian, David Wilkinson, and David Wood.


At the Microphone

President John F. Kennedy '40 speaking at Boston's Commonwealth Armory on Saturday, Oct. 19, 1963, after attending the Harvard-Columbia football game. This photo ran on the front page of The Crimson on Monday, October 21, 1963, just a month before the President's assassination.


Cronkite's Broadcast

Broadcaster Walter Cronkite announces the assassination of John F. Kennedy '40 on Nov. 22, 1963.


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