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Three Shots Were Fired


"Three Shots Were Fired" examines the events that began with Kennedy's assassination in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. A United Press International bulletin broke the news that the president had been shot, and minutes later, CBS anchor Walter Cronkite began four days of unprecedented television coverage, including the unforgettable moment he reported to the nation that Kennedy was dead.

"Three Shots Were Fired" features the Bell & Howell 8 mm movie camera used by Abraham Zapruder, the only eyewitness to capture the entire assassination on film. The exhibit also showcases several artifacts that have never been publicly displayed, including:

  • The long-sleeve shirt Lee Harvey Oswald was wearing when he was arrested an hour and 20 minutes after the assassination
  • The jacket belonging to Oswald that police believe he discarded at a gas station after shooting Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit
  • The wallet Oswald was carrying at the time of his arrest, and its contents
  • The blanket Oswald used to hide his rifle in the garage of a family friend near Dallas

The Oswald and Zapruder artifacts are on loan to the Newseum from the National Archives and Records Administration.

In addition to the items on loan from the National Archives, the exhibit features more than 100 rarely seen artifacts, including:

  • The service revolver carried by Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent who leapt aboard the presidential limousine after the shots were fired
  • The first UPI bulletin reporting that "three shots were fired" at the president's motocade
  • The typewriter Kennedy used on Air Force One
  • Jacqueline Kennedy's personal schedule for Nov. 21-22, 1963, marked in red pen with her handwritten notes
  • A drum used in Kennedy's funeral procession in Washington
  • Radio logs recorded by the Dallas Police Department on the day of the assassination

Premier sponsorship support for "Three Shots Were Fired" has been provided by Altria Group and CBS.



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