Friday, Nov. 22, 1963
• In the early edition of the Beacon Journal appears a story about some Kent State students petitioning to abolish the 10:30 p.m. curfew for coeds, and another about county jail inmates attempting to saw through their jail bars as a church singing group performs. As extra editions of the newspaper are released reporting about the tragedy unfolding in Dallas, these stories, among others, are moved from the front page to the inside pages.
11:37 a.m. (CST): President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy arrive at Love Field in Dallas. Motorcade cars have been waiting to take the president through downtown to the Dallas Business and Trade Mart.
12:30 p.m. (CST): As the president’s limousine passes the School Book Depository, shots are fired, hitting the president and Texas Gov. John Connally. The limousine rushes them to Parkland Hospital.
1 p.m. (CST): President Kennedy is pronounced dead.
1:15 p.m. (CST): Lee Harvey Oswald kills Dallas Patrolman J.D. Tippit.
2:15 p.m. (CST): Oswald is arrested at the Texas Theater in Oak Cliff for the murder of Tippit.
2:39 p.m. (CST): Vice President Lyndon Johnson is sworn in as president on the runway of Love Field aboard Air Force One.
6 p.m. (EST): Air Force One arrives at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. The coffin bearing Kennedy’s body is taken by ambulance to Bethesda Naval Hospital for an autopsy.
7:15 p.m. (CST): Oswald is arraigned for the murder of Tippit.
Saturday, Nov. 23
• On the front page of the Beacon Journal, stories about Kennedy’s assassination are shared with another devastating story: A fire at a Norwalk-area nursing home, the Golden Age Rest Home, is believed to have killed 60 people, though 21 patients and three employees escape.
• Early that morning in Dallas, Oswald is arraigned for the murder of the president.
• The flag-draped coffin bearing the president is taken to the East Room of the White House in the early morning hours. Family, close friends and government officials later will pay their respects.
• President Johnson designates Nov. 25, as a day of national mourning.
Sunday, Nov. 24
• The Beacon Journal reports that 63 charred bodies are found in the rubble of the Golden Age Rest Home, including two victims from the Akron area.
• As TV cameras record Oswald being transferred from the Dallas city jail to the county jail, nightclub owner Jack Ruby shoots and kills him. Ruby is arrested immediately.
• President Kennedy’s flag-draped casket is moved from the White House to the Capitol Rotunda, where hundreds of thousands of mourners will wait hours to file past it. The rest of the grieving nation is transfixed watching the events on television.
Monday, Nov. 25
• The Beacon Journal’s front page includes the story of Stow Marine Pfc. Jerry J. Diamond, who serves as one of President Kennedy’s pall bearers.
• President Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Sources: Beacon Journal archives;
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