If you have ever wondered how children reacted to the death of our president, here is a glimpse. I still have my diary from 1963-64. And this is how I looked in 1963. (No, the handsome boy wasn’t mine. He belonged to my best friend and he was graduating. I also have her picture with him.)
November 22, 1963- Today President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed while touring Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald is believed to be the assassin. The governor of Texas was also shot, but not killed. We were in homemaking when we heard the news. (I was sweeping the floor.) We couldn’t believe it!
November 23, 1963- There were pictures on TV today of the President when he was killed. There will be nothing but news on TV until his funeral on Monday.
November 24, 1963- Today Oswald was killed by a night club owner while transferring from the city to county jail. Jack Ruby shot him right out in the open!
November 25, 1963- No school today. A national day of mourning. Today they showed pictures of the funeral. There were 1,100 guests invited to the mass by Mrs. Kennedy. Every country except communist China was represented at the funeral. Even Moscow was represented.
I also kept a scrapbook of every newspaper clipping I could find. I gave it away several years ago.