*November 22, 2022* is a memorable day as John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was assassinated on Friday, November 22, 1963 at 12:30 p.m. CST in Dallas, Texas, while riding in a presidential motorcade through Dealey Plaza. Kennedy was in the vehicle with his wife Jacqueline, Texas Governor John Connally, and Connally’s wife Nellie when he was fatally shot from the nearby Texas School Book Depository by Lee Harvey Oswald, a former US Marine. Governor Connally was seriously wounded in the attack. The motorcade rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where Kennedy was pronounced dead about 30 minutes after the shooting; Connally recovered.
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Can you remember what you were doing or where you were when this happened, or if you were born after 1963, can you remember your whereabouts for other major historical events that have occurred since?
I did not exist in 1963 but being fascinated with history and historical events, I have listened to books and podcasts about this historical event and how can one forget that Stephen King tried to rewrite the event in his novel 11-22-63?
This was one of the first audiobooks I’ve listened to on Audible and probably one of the longest – over 30 hours. I also watched the series on Hulu, liked the book better. So despite not existing back then, I have studied the event through history podcasts and books to the point that I felt like I was in that time period.
There’s been quite a few other major historical events happened since I came into existence – most notably September 11, 2001. I was still in China then, approximately 3 months before I would immigrate to the U.S. I vaguely remember my aunt and uncle mentioning it and remembered wondering if my mom was anywhere near wherever it was.
Phone calls from US to China was pricey back then so my conversations with my mom were far and few. She mostly spoke to her sister during those phone calls while I patiently waited for my turn for the precious few minutes I’d have with my mom before she’d run out of minutes on her phone card. Despite being the early 2000’s, I didn’t know how to email nor did I even know how to use a computer.
I must admit though I seem to have an inability to react to this kind of events. I don’t know why. I didn’t use to be this way but I think I became this way after I started living with my aunt. Life was fuzzy during those 3 years when my mom was in the U.S and I was in China but now that I reflect on it, it was as if I was broken into a million pieces and put it back together again.
I’m learning, though.