John F. Kennedy

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JFK Had Intense Back Pain. It May Have Helped Kill Him

Experts point out his stiff back brace may have kept him from bending to avoid fatal bullet

(Newser) - Per the currently accepted narrative, the first bullet to hit John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, wasn't the one that fatally injured him. It was Lee Harvey Oswald's second shot to the head that ended the president's life, and some are now saying a medical problem... More »

JFK Document Dump Includes FBI File on Martin Luther King

They called the civil rights leader a communist and the group he founded a 'tax dodge'

(Newser) - In response to Donald Trump's order to release documents related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, on Friday the government made public an FBI file on Martin Luther King from March 1968, four-and-a-half years after Kennedy was shot. The document doesn't paint a flattering portrait of the... More »

New JFK Files Contain Explosive MLK Allegations

Files also state Oswald had no CIA connections

(Newser) - The government released 676 documents it said were related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy Friday—including a 20-page FBI file on Martin Luther King, Jr. The file, dated less than a month before the civil rights leader's April, 1968 assassination, claims King had close ties to the... More »

FBI: All JFK Files OK for Release, With a Small Catch

There will be some redactions to protect certain individuals who may be at risk, bureau says

(Newser) - The FBI said Monday that all of its previously withheld files on the John F. Kennedy assassination have been authorized for release, with limited redactions to protect the identities of individuals who helped investigators probing his death. By law, all government documents related to the assassination were to be released... More »

JFK Files Describe Mysterious Call 25 Minutes Before Assassination

Other new details include a seashell bomb plot

(Newser) - A trove of thousands of previously classified documents relating to the assassination of John F. Kennedy was released by President Trump Thursday evening , just in time to comply with the 25-year deadline a 1992 law put into place. Multiple news outlets have been poring over the 2,800 documents, which... More »

'Intensified' Pressure on Trump to Withhold Some JFK Files

Thursday is the day set in law 25 years ago for the disclosure of remaining hidden documents

(Newser) - President Trump is playing it coy on what people will see from long-secret JFK assassination-era files and didn't tip his hand on the eve of the release. "The long anticipated release of the #JFKFiles will take place tomorrow," was all he said in a tweet . "So... More »

New JFK Records May Explain Oswald's 'Raleigh Call'

But historians generally don't expect to see any smoking guns emerge in final document release

(Newser) - On Thursday, the US is expected to make public the last sealed government documents related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. President Trump has the authority to block the move, but he has tweeted that he (probably) won't do so. Historians and armchair sleuths generally don't expect... More »

Scholars Await Trump Decision on Secret JFK Files

National Archives will release them next month, unless president intervenes

(Newser) - The anticipated release of thousands of never-before-seen government documents related to John F. Kennedy's assassination has scholars and armchair detectives buzzing. Now, they're waiting to see whether President Trump will block the release of files that could shed light on a tragedy that has stirred conspiracy theories for... More »

JFK's Granddaughter Gets Married

Tatiana Schlossberg, middle kid of Caroline Kennedy, marries fellow Yale alum George Moran

(Newser) - If the name Tatiana Schlossberg doesn't ring a bell, the New York Times spells out why some might care about her wedding bells: She's "the granddaughter of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis," and the first of Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg's three children to... More »

CIA Files on JFK Assassination Call Out Mexican Woman

Politico takes a look at what's been newly released so far

(Newser) - Late last month, the National Archives began to release thousands of documents related to John F. Kennedy's assassination that had been kept secret for decades. The JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 mandated the files be released 25 years later (though there's one loophole ), and as... More »

On JFK's 100th Birthday, Remembering His Final One

Kennedy celebrated his 46th year in epic fashion

(Newser) - One can only imagine how John F. Kennedy, who would have turned 100 Monday, would celebrate his centennial year on the planet. But if his final birthday bash in 1963 is any indication, it would surely be going down in style. JFK partied down aboard a 104-foot yacht with a... More »

Earliest JFK Recording Hints at What Was to Come

Harvard releases short speech from a class in 1937

(Newser) - John F. Kennedy the president may have had a Boston accent, but John F. Kennedy the student had an even thicker one. Harvard has a released a 1937 recording of Kennedy as a 20-year-old in a public-speaking class, and the 90-second clip is believed to be the earliest recording of... More »

Trump Has Big Decision to Make on Secret JFK Files

3.6K government files will be released unless he intervenes

(Newser) - A happy day for historians and conspiracy theorists could be right around the corner. A 1992 law mandated that all materials related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination be maintained in a single collection—and that those documents that had been kept secret be released 25 years later. That... More »

JFK Diary: No Complete Evidence Body Found Was Hitler's

He had in him the stuff of 'legends,' Kennedy wrote in his diary in 1945

(Newser) - In the aftermath of World War II, a young John F. Kennedy toured Hitler's mountaintop retreat and recorded his thoughts about the German dictator. "Within a few years Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived,... More »

Marilyn's 'Birthday' Dress Sells for 400 Times Its Original Cost

Ripley's scoops it up for $4.8M

(Newser) - It might be the most famous birthday serenade in history, and a new auction only underscores the point. The silk dress worn by Marilyn Monroe when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in 1962 has just sold for $4.8 million, reports CNN . More »

Famous JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theorist Dies at 89

Mark Lane questioned the Warren Commission and coined 'grassy knoll'

(Newser) - Mark Lane, "one of the most important experts on the Kennedy assassination," died Tuesday at his his home in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the age of 89, the New York Times reports. Lane came to national prominence with his best-selling 1966 book Rush to Judgment, which questioned the findings... More »

Trump: Cruz's Dad Hung Out With Lee Harvey Oswald

Cruz camp says claim is 'garbage'

(Newser) - Donald Trump's latest is a wilder-than-usual attack on Ted Cruz: Trump says Cruz's father was in the company of Lee Harvey Oswald just months before Oswald shot John F. Kennedy in 1963. His comments are based on a National Enquirer story that claims a previously unidentified man photographed... More »

After Marrying Jackie, JFK Sent Woman Love Letters

He fell for Gunilla Von Post weeks before his lavish wedding

(Newser) - Exactly 52 years and one day after John F. Kennedy was assassinated, a batch of letters the then senator wrote to Swedish socialite Gunilla von Post sold for $15,000 at Upper East Side auction house Doyle New York, reports People . This set includes two complete letters on Senate stationary,... More »

Woman Wants Grandpa's JFK Assassination Film Back

That or $10M

(Newser) - The "Zapruder film" rings a bell for most people—the "Nix film" far less so. But both captured the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the granddaughter of the man who shot the latter now wants one of two things: the film back, or $10 million. Gayle... More »

Verdict In on Whether Lee Harvey Oswald Pic Is a Fake

3D imaging by Dartmouth scientists shows backyard photo is for real

(Newser) - For decades, conspiracy theorists have claimed the famous "backyard photo" of Lee Harvey Oswald, which shows him holding the same type of rifle used to assassinate JFK, is a fake—a claim that Oswald himself made when he was arrested. But thanks to a scientist who has studied this... More »

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