Today in History and Kennedy's Assassination from The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress’ Today in History feature can be a valuable class starter and a jumping-off point for student research. For example, today’s entry marks the 150th anniversary of The Gettysburg Address,  tomorrow’s highlights the origins of Howard University, and Thursday reviews the establishment of North Carolina as the twelfth state to enter the union.  Other significant events are highlighted each day: scroll to the bottom of the page to see all the links that have been gathered for you and your students.  


Here is an excerpt from the November 22nd entry, marking John F. Kennedy’s assassination fifty years ago  - also on a Friday.

Fifty years ago on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot as he rode in a motorcade through the streets of Dallas, Texas; he died shortly thereafter. The thirty-fifth president was forty-six years old and had served less than three years in office.  . 

America's leadership must be guided by the lights of learning and reason or else those who confuse rhetoric with reality and the plausible with the possible will gain the popular ascendancy with their seemingly swift and simple solutions to every world problem.   

President John F. Kennedy, Remarks Prepared for Delivery at the Trade Mart in Dallas, November 22, 1963 (Never Delivered)