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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Nov 21, 2013

GMA News Channel Commemorates The Assassination Of John F. Kennedy 50 Years Ago

NOVEMBER 22, 1963 was a day that shook the world. The 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated. The American government’s conclusion that it was the work of a lone assassin has been highly disputed. 50 years later, theories of conspiracy and cover-ups still circulate around the world.

On November 22, 2013, GMA News TV airs a one-hour special commemorating the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. Those who were there on “The Day Kennedy Died” share their first-hand account of the final hours immediately leading up to his untimely death.

Filmed on location in Dallas and Washington D.C., “The Day Kennedy Died” tells the story of that day in Dallas through the memories of the people who played a part in those extraordinary events and whose lives were touched forever by what happened, many speaking for the first time. The minute-by-minute story of the death of a President is told through rarely seen film and photographs shot on that tragic day in November 1963.

A Parkland doctor tells how he was in the trauma room when a priest gave Last Rites to the President. He also recalls seeing First Lady Jackie Kennedy exchange rings with her husband and kiss his foot. Clint Hill, a member of the Secret Service at the time, tells about the fierce confrontation with hospital officials about releasing JFK’s body, and about his anguish over not being able to protect the President during the motorcade. The closest civilian eyewitnesses to Kennedy at the time of the fatal shot tell how they shielded their small children after the shots were fired. They were then interviewed on live television approximately 15 minutes after the assassination.

A powerful and moving documentary, “The Day Kennedy Died” casts new light on the tragic events of November 22, 1963. Don't miss it on GMA News TV Channel 11 tonight at 8.