History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

03 April, 2012

Something Just Broke

People reacting to the news of JFK's assasination, in France as well as the United States. 1963.

(The title is from a powerful song in Stephen Sondheim's musical Assassins.)

A New Yorker's expression of shock at the news. Source

New Yorkers read about the assassination in the paper. Source

New Yorkers listen to the news on the radio. Source

Subway commuters read the news. Source

Frenchmen read the news. Source

American students in Paris hear the news of the assassination. Source

A young American stands stricken outside the US Embassy in Paris. Source


mamafrog said...

I remember when this happened--even though I was only in third grade at the time. Our teacher came in the room crying and told us what happened. It was sad even to us kids as he was a very popular man in the (then) strongly Democratic South. We didn't have the instant news updates then, of course, and it took weeks for all the news to get out.

Anna said...

Thank you for sharing. It is before my time so seeing the pictures and hearing the stories is very striking. It's hard to imagine, and yet, with the context of 9/11, not. Sobering how so much can change in a moment, isn't it.

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