A Vintage Television Beside a Lamp Showing President John F. Kennedy Giving a Speech

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It’s been half a century since the 1960s, a long enough time to see the events of that decade from a wider perspective. You may find most perspectives through our contributions over the years, but we’re still missing a televised perspective.

In today’s blog, we look back at the most sensational televised moments of the 1960s.

“I Have a Dream”

News media played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement. It helped civil rights activists spread their message through digital media instead of disseminating them through leaflets, mail, and whatnot.

The 1963 Freedom March and the “I Have a Dream” speech that Martin Luther King Jr. made during that march would perhaps not have been as impactful as it was then or as memorable as it is today if it weren’t televised and recorded. Human memory is fleeting, but the camera remembers every detail of that speech.

The Aftermath of the JFK Assassination

The reportage following the assassination of John F. Kennedy was some of the most extensive in the history of national television.

News reporters swarmed Dallas to immortalize the hasty oath-taking ceremony of Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. They could record the former First Lady in the same blood-stained clothes she wore during the deadly motorcade.

That said, we’re sure the news media didn’t expect to capture another assassination and that too so soon after the death of a US President.

oath taking ceremony

“Report from Vietnam”

Everyone knows the Tet Offensive was the event that reinforced the US withdrawal from the Vietnam War, but they may not know about the report that took the wind out of their sails.

Report from Vietnam” was a report by Walter Cronkite, the anchor of CBS Evening News, documenting a two-week trip to Vietnam after the Tet Offensive. The situation on the ground this soon after the devastating attacks may have cemented President Johnson’s announcement not to run for reelection.

Lee Harvey Oswald is Assassinated

The Guinness World Record for the “First Murder on Television” goes to Lee Harvey Oswald. Two days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, reporters clamored to get a glimpse of the alleged shooter.

They should’ve been careful what they wished for because they traumatized more than half the households across the US by capturing one of the violent televised moments of the 1960s. They ended up showing Jack Ruby killing Lee Harvey Oswald as the police were escorting him.

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A Colorized Image of Protestor Demanding Equal Rights During a Civil Rights Movement March

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The ’60s were a turbulent decade. Every year was marked by a few triumphs in space technology and too many tragedies here on Earth. Of the ten years that marked the difficult decade, 1968 was the most eventful. Click here to get our hot take on these events more than 50 years later.

Keep reading for a quick rundown of some of the unforgettable historical events of 1968.

1. The Tet Offensive

Late January was the “Tet”, or Lunar New Year for much of Southeast Asia. Around this time in 1968, North Vietnam launched its violent Tet Offensive against the US and South Vietnam; it may have also marked the beginning of the end of the US involvement in the Vietnam War.

The two sides normally didn’t engage in battle on “Tet”. The day was an unspoken truce between the North and South. That day, the North launched an attack on 36 major cities and towns with an army of 85,000 Viet Cong.

While the invasion failed to make its intended impact, it led to widespread discussion against US involvement and kickstarted its eventual retreat from the Vietnam War.

Vietnam War scenes


2. RFK Announces Candidacy

On March 16, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy announced that he would be running for the role of the President of the United States, a rather late but welcome announcement for his supporters and the Democratic Party.

RFK’s main competitor in the race was the then Vice President Hubert Humphrey, but that seems a minor detail in the face of the fact that the campaign lasted only 82 days, ending in the Senator’s assassination.

3. The MLK Assassination

The Assassination of Martin Luther King was a historical event that shook America. It occurred on the evening of April 4, 1968, and sparked riots across the country that resulted in 40 deaths and caused property damage in more than 100 cities.

While an arrest was eventually made in the case, later investigations prove any charges and convictions to be nothing more than a coverup operation to hide the real killers.

4. The RFK Assassination

Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated on June 6, 1968. His demise, like his forebearers’, would become an unsolved case. It would contain conflicting reports on how many gunshots were fired, its conclusions deviating from the proposed angles of the attack (at close range, from behind and from extreme top angles).

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A Grayscale Snapshot of Jacqueline Kennedy in the Infamous Pink Suit

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The assassination of John F. Kennedy has been prodded at, picked apart, dissembled, and reassembled. It has been analyzed down the last stitches of clothing worn by the occupants of that ill-fated motorcade. Find everything that has been disclosed thus far here.

Today, we bring you the fascinating story behind the pink suit that Jackie Kennedy wore on that Friday, November 22nd, 1963.

The Pink Chanel Suit

In the ’60s, the first ladies followed a tradition established in the 1800s. When 23rd first lady Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison bolstered the America first policy by revealing her dress was made locally, she made it an unspoken rule for her contemporaries.

Due to this tradition, the 35th first lady wore a pink suit from Coco Chanel’s 1961 Fall/Winter line-up on what would turn out to be her husband’s final day. Her ensemble featured:

  • A pink bouclé coat with round gold buttons and a navy-blue lapel
  • A matching pink bouclé skirt
  • A similar pillbox hat
  • White gloves
  • A few pearl necklaces

Lady Bird Recounts the Assassination

When President Kennedy was assassinated, Jackie was sitting beside him. Meanwhile, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson occupied a different vehicle with his wife, Lady Bird Johnson. The latter reported that, as soon as the first shots were fired, she saw “a bundle of pink” in the car’s backseat, which she believes was Jackie covering her husband’s body.

From Pink Suit to Bloody Symbol

As Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson took over as the 36th US President, Jackie Kennedy was featured on national television boarding Air Force One wearing the same pink suit, now stained with her husband’s blood—she did this on purpose.

After arriving at the hospital, she refused to take off the skirt-suit so that her husband’s killers and everyone else could “see what they’ve done.” It reportedly stayed on her person until the morning after.

Jackie Kennedy Lyndon Johnson

The Suit’s Whereabouts

Those who didn’t see Jackie Kennedy in the flesh that day didn’t know the exact shade of the pink suit until November 29th, 1963, when Life Magazine published colorized images in a memorial issue.

We may never know the whereabouts of the pillbox hat and white gloves, but the forever-stained skirt-suit, stockings, shoes, and handbag that Jackie wore that day were preserved in the National Archives in the 1960s. They likely won’t see the light of day until 2103 due to a deed of gift condition by Jackie’s daughter Caroline.

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Robert F. Kennedy Signing a Fan's Poster, One of His Final Moments

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Robert F. Kennedy, also known as Bobby or RFK, assumed the position of US Attorney General from 1961 to 1964. In 1965, he became a US Senator, a position he held until his assassination in 1968. Click here for James DiEugenio's take on the incident.

Let's set aside the mystery surrounding his death for two minutes and celebrate this American icon's inspiring yet sadly short life.

1. The Ambition to Succeed

RFK's ambition to succeed is perhaps best described in his own words. While describing himself as the "seventh of nine children," he revealed that he had to struggle to survive that far down the order.

We wouldn't say he just survived. We appreciate the pressure a young Bobby would've felt. Where most would've resigned themselves to the role of black sheep, Kennedy continued to fight his way to the top and was eventually successful in his political ambitions.

2. The Unwillingness to Compromise

Bobby's fight to the top wasn't smooth-sailing. He probably had to choose between his morals and ambitions multiple times. Let us recount one incident we know of when RFK eschewed his ambitions for something that went against his principles.

One could say Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy capitalized on the Cold War hysteria swirling to abuse his privilege to the extent that wouldn't go unpunished today. As chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), McCarthy took Robert, a budding lawyer at the time, under his wing.

Despite the pressure to prove himself, Kennedy left McCarthy's side because he disagreed with his "ways" of gaining intelligence from suspected and self-proclaimed communists.

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3. The Struggle to Reduce the Wage Gap

RFK was deeply disturbed and shocked by the living conditions during his visits to urban slums throughout the US. He attempted to draw attention to their plight. He used his position to influence lawmakers to bridge the wage and job opportunity gap, something civil rights activist Martin Luther King had advocated for during the final years of his life.

Like MLK, RFK focused on self-reliance, so he launched Bedford-Stuyvesant, a project geared towards restoring businesses and creating job opportunities within impoverished communities.

4. The Fight Against Organized Crime

Robert Kennedy created a precedent as the 64th US Attorney General by directly prosecuting and exposing organized crime at its peak.

He almost single-handedly took down organized crime, which had an iron grip on businesses, unions, gambling establishments, and politics, probably inspiring his contemporaries to do the same.

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A Mural of Bob Dylan, the Singer of "Murder Most Foul"

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Bob Dylan was a well-established artist before the 2020 release of "Murder Most Foul." Click here to listen. The 17-minute song would be Dylan's longest and boldest work yet. The song reiterates what we've been trying to say: President John F. Kennedy was the target of a wide-scale conspiracy—a possible coup d’état.

It's high time we took another look at this song to decipher its already clear meaning.

A Shakespearian Tragedy

If the title of this song sounds familiar, it's because it was first introduced by the man who had the ultimate way with words: Shakespeare. The words "murder most foul" were first used in Hamlet, particularly by the dead king's ghost, when telling Hamlet, his son and heir, about his killer.

The original phrase alludes to a conspiracy that had gone largely ignored and unquestioned, as pointed out by the ghost. This explains why Dylan used it to allude to a different, more contemporary conspiracy: the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which has also been disregarded and forgotten with every passing generation.

The Use of "Boys"

Read the lyrics that come before and after, "Say wait a minute, boys, do you know who I am?" and you'll realize that Dylan was criticizing the Warren Commission's "magic bullet" theory about a single bullet hitting more than one occupant in the vehicle, the President and the Governor of Texas.

Such a feat is nearly impossible for a single killer, and Dylan seems to agree. If he weren't, he would use "boy" instead of "boys" when describing President Kennedy confronting his killers.

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"The Timing Was Right" Indeed

Right after the above lyric comes another lyric that shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has followed our updates since we were CTKA (Citizens for Truth about the Kennedy Assassination). It says, "Was a matter of timing and the timing was right."

The timing here refers to the events that happened right before Kennedy was brutally taken down. After his death, word spread that the assassination might have been an inside job. The President wasn't on the best terms with the CIA after they butted heads on the Bay of Pigs invasion, and it was rumored that he fully intended to pull US troops from Vietnam.

These speculations go beyond conspiracy theories because there's plenty of evidence backing them up. Find it on the Kennedys and King website to learn the truth behind the JFK assassination. Don't forget to check out this review on the outrageous New York Times interview following Dylan's song, a work of art that, in our opinion, beautifully summarizes the most infamous political assassination from the 1960s.

Extend your search to other political murders around the same time, especially the malcolm x assassination, Martin Luther King, and Robert F. Kennedy. The latter was also killed by a so-called "lone assassin" five years later.

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