On This Day in 1963

On This Day in 1963, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated.

He was born May 29, 1917 to Joseph P Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald in Massachusetts and was 46 at the time of his death. His death certificate states he died of “multiple gunshot wounds of the head & neck” and “shot by a high powered rifle.” We already know so much about his life and his assassination, there’s nothing more I can add in a simple blog post, but what I find interesting is his death certificate. One can imagine how badly the typist’s hands were shaking as she typed, “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” “President of the U.S.,” and “United States Govt.” I wonder if she had to ask anyone what she should type in the box asking for occupation.

John F Kennedy death cert