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The JFK Assassination: Minute by Minute

On the evening of 22nd November 2013, exactly 50 years on, The Assassination of JFK: Minute by Minute will tell the story of the murder of President Kennedy, from half an hour before Lee Harvey Oswald pulls the trigger, to Lyndon B. Johnson being sworn in two and half hours later.

Presented by Jeremy Vine, Dermot O'Leary and Louise Minchin, this live programme will have dramatised eye-witness accounts and expert analysis together with musicians and leading artists performing a soundtrack that combines the music of 1963 and songs inspired by the assassination.

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3 hours

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Fri 22 Nov 2013 18:00

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On the evening of 22 November 2013, exactly 50 years on, The Assassination of JFK: Minute by Minute will tell the story of the murder of President Kennedy, from half an hour before Lee Harvey Oswald pulls the trigger, to Lyndon B. Johnson being sworn in two and half hours later.

  • 22 Nov 2013 20:57:34

    "The energy, the faith , the devotion"

    "In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility; I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it – and the glow from that fire can truly light the world."

    via: 

    https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy's_Inaugural_Address

  • 22 Nov 2013 20:53:18

    For more:  

    There's a terrific collection of the best radio programmes about JFK in the BBC archive
    including ...
    "The people are..so quiet, so tired looking, so plainly the victims of a huge disappointment. We've been cheated of the promise of the Age of Kennedy"

    The moving Letter from America from the BBC's Alistair Cooke , Sun November 24th, 1963. 


  • 22 Nov 2013 20:47:27

    Abraham, Martin and John

    "there are moments when a song like “Abraham, Martin and John” can surge into the present, making itself felt in ways that still resonate. After Ted Kennedy’s recent death, a friend in his middle 60s called to tell me he had spent most of the day crying: “It seems as if a whole era is passing with him,” he said. I thought of “Abraham, Martin and John,” of how it evokes a social struggle that, despite progress, remains fundamental to American life, and reflected that maybe Dion and Holler gave us an art for the ages after all."
    Sung for us today by David McAlmont
  • 22 Nov 2013 20:39:24

    Reaction from around the world

    Reaction starts to come in from World Leaders. In the UK Prime Minister; of Sir Alec Douglas Home...

    "Tonight i fear there is no comfort I can bring to the American people nor to ourselves, nor indeed to men anywhere who care  for tolerance, liberty , justice and peace. This dreadful deed should shock us all to dedicate ourselves anew to those things which he liked, which he loved and for which he worked during his life..

    and the new young Opposition Leader; Harold Wilson

    "When Lincoln was murdered, one of his closest associates said "Now he belongs to the ages" thats how he should be remembered… [Kennedy] was a young man cut off with only a small fraction of his work completed. 

    via Channel 4:

    http://www.channel4.com/news/jfk-kennedy-assassination-dallas-1963-harold-wilson

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