Condolence Telegrams for Jackie, from MLK, Duke Ellington, Douglas MacArthur, and More
These telegrams from notables are but a few of the 800,000 condolence letters that Jackie Kennedy received after the assassination of her husband.
Martin Luther King wrote from Atlanta. Duke Ellington was in Turkey, where he was touring as a cultural ambassador with the State Department; the musician reportedly stayed up that night composing songs in JFK’s memory. Retired general Douglas MacArthur, who was to die the next year, wired from New York, claiming JFK as a “former comrade in arms.”
On this day 50 years ago, John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Learn the riveting story of the reporting from the moment JFK was shot until Cronkite’s emotional pronouncement of his death at 1 p.m.
In tonight’s episode (narrated by George Clooney), Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, Marvin Kalb, Marianne Means and former president Bill Clinton all recall their experiences of watching the news of JFK’s assassination unfold.
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