JFK Special Report

To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, this Irish Examiner special report looks at the the ongoing legacy of America's first Catholic president and how his death still reverberates across the globe.

JFK Special

 First lady Jacqueline Kennedy leans over the president as Secret Service agent Clint Hill pushes her back to her seat.  Picture: AP /James W. Altgens

JFK: Why his death would never have happened today

THE date most closely associated with the Secret Service isn’t its founding, in 1865. It’s not 1902, when it assumed full-time protection of the president, following William McKinley’s assassination. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Cliff Robertson in 'PT 109'

JFK: The Cinematic Legacy

Cliff Robertson, PT 109, 1963. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Lee Harvey Oswald

JFK: Who was Lee Harvey Oswald

Within hours of President John F Kennedy’s assassination, most Americans were familiar with the name Lee Harvey Oswald. Certain images of him — posing with a rifle, recoiling from Jack Ruby’s gun — have been ingrained in memory. Yet he remains an enigma. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Television-frame grab of American broadcast journalist and anchorman, Walter Cronkite as he removes his glasses and prepares to announce the death of President John F Kennedy. Picture: CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

JFK: TV's defining moment

TELEVISION was central in the American home after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, a national trauma that unfolded in real time and was suited to the emerging medium. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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JFK and his wife Jackie

JFK: The women in his life

THERE was glamorous Jackie, of course. And mother Rose, who nurtured his White House ambitions. And all the others: a movie star, a teenaged intern, a mistress with Mafia ties and more. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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President Kennedy lays a wreath at John Barry Memorial in Wexford, during his visit in June 1963.Picture: JFK50Ireland.com

JFK: The Irish Connection

THE last of JFK’s Irish cousins has recalled the devastating day news of his assassination reached the rural homestead where the Kennedy story began. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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President John F. Kennedy's motorcade rolls down St Patrick's Street in Cork (above) on June 28, 1963. Pictures:  Robert L Knudsen

JFK: Life in pictures

Please find a small selection of images which capture the life and times of America's youngest ever president, a man who in living changed the world and whose death left an indelible mark on all those who lived through it.

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James Tague poses in Dealey Plaza beneath the grass knoll  in Dallas, Texas. Picture: Getty Images

Eyewitnesses recount JFK assassination memories

JAMES Tague was stuck in traffic in downtown Dallas around noon on Nov 22, 1963 when he became an eyewitness to history. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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A woman in New York expresses shock after hearing of JFK's death.

The conspiracy: Is JFK dead? Yes, he was shot in Dallas

JUST about all the people of the United States who were old enough, remember where they were when they heard that John F. Kennedy was shot. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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50 years on, why JFK’s legacy still matters internationally

Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of JFK, began her role on November 18 as US Ambassador to Japan. Kennedy starts her high profile job just days before the 50th anniversary of the assassination of her father. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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