“This was the day where America became a jaded adult. And, even now, the colors still strike us as being from another world. Beautiful, horrible colors illustrating our history, stirring our souls, and destroying a new frontier as we watched in disbelief and wondered what was happening to our hopes, wondered who was extinguishing our dreams, and wondered what reason there was for dragging us into a cold, modern reality.”
“For some stories, it’s easy. The moral of ‘The Three Bears,’ for instance, is “Never break into someone else’s house.’ The moral of ‘Snow White’ is ‘Never eat apples.’ The moral of World War I is ‘Never assassinate Archduke Ferdinand.”
A woman in New York reacts to the news of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Nov. 22, 1963. The single, harrowing photo that ran in LIFE magazine one week after JFK’s murder perfectly captured the dismay and disbelief that gripped the nation — and much of the world — at the news.
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