Test Your Knowledge of President Kennedy's Assassination

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Test your knowledge of the tragedy that shocked our nation with these trivia questions...


Did Lee Harvey Oswald Act Alone? # A February 1961 portrait of John F. Kennedy, one month into his presidency. Image source: 156209240@N03 According to the Warren Commission report — the official investigative report into Kennedy's assassination that was commissioned by President Johnson — the answer is "yes." However, many theories exist about whether Oswald truly acted alone or was part of a larger conspiracy to assassinate the president. Among the many conspiracy theories are collaborations between Oswald and the CIA, Russia, Cuba, the mafia, and even Kennedy's vice president, Lyndon B. Johnson. And while they are all just theories until proven otherwise, one thing is true: the majority of Americans believe others were involved. In fact, according to a recent survey from FiveThirtyEight, 61 percent of Americans believe Oswald did not act alone (only 33 percent believe he did).

Why Did Dallas Authorities Arrest Oswald? # The Kennedys and the Connallys, moments before the assassination. Image source: 94444509@N03 Believe it or not, Oswald was not arrested for the assassination of JFK. Dallas authorities picked up Oswald 90 minutes after the assassination in a movie theater for the murder of Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit. The Warren Commission determined Oswald killed Tippit while escaping the Texas School Book Depository after firing the fatal rounds at President Kennedy's motorcade. Oswald, however, denied killing both Kennedy and Tippit. Of course, Jack Ruby's assassination of Oswald two days later ended the possibility of ever really knowing the truth about what happened.


Who Shot And Killed Lee Harvey Oswald? Jack Ruby assassinated Lee Harvey Oswald on live national television two days after Kennedy's death while Dallas police attempted to transfer Oswald to a county jail. Ruby was a local Dallas nightclub owner who hadn't voted for Kennedy and, according to friends and close acquaintances, was not particularly patriotic. As such, Ruby's motive has always been questioned and added fuel to conspiracy theories surrounding mob involvement in Kennedy's assassination. Reports suggest Ruby had ties to mob leaders and may have carried out the attack to silence Oswald. Ruby, however, denied this even on his deathbed. In 1966, while suffering from lung cancer, Ruby maintained he operated alone under his own motive.

How Long Did it Take for Johnson to Take the Oath of Office? At 2:38 pm — two hours, eight minutes after Kennedy was fatally struck in his motorcade — Johnson took the oath of office aboard Air Force One. Jacqueline Kennedy stood by his side, still wearing the pink suit stained with her recently deceased husband's blood. Shortly after, the casket carrying the remains of President Kennedy was brought aboard the plane to be brought back to Washington. Kennedy would later be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. 

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