Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Dark Day in History - 55 Years Ago

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Dark Day in History - 55 Years Ago

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Byline: NOSTALGIA DAVE MORTON recalls the people and places of the North East EMAIL: TELEPHONE: 0191 2016437 WRITE TO: Dave Morton, Nostalgia Editor, ncjMedia, Eldon Court, Percy Street, Newcastle, NE1 7JB. @DaveSMorton Newcastle Chronicle - History Photosales - 0191 201 6000 CHECK US OUT ONLINE AT WWW.CHRONICLELIVE.CO.UK/NEWS/HISTORY

T was a notable year in history.

In Britain, 1963 was marked by the rise of Beatlemania, the Profumo scandal, the Great Train Robbery, and the Beeching railway cuts.

In the United States, there was Martin Luther King's 'I Have A Dream' speech - and an event which shook the world.

The assassination of American president John F Kennedy took place on this day in 1963.

Even 55 years on, the events that unfolded in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas, continue to fascinate TV viewers, book readers, historians and conspiracy theorists.

And even though the deadly shots rang out on the other side of the world, the impact was felt strongly here on Tyneside.

Firstly, there was the shattering news of JFK's execution. Then, two days later, the man accused of the shooting, former marine Lee Harvey Oswald, was himself blasted to death by a smalltime mobster, Jack Ruby.

The fact both events were captured live on TV only added to the pervading feeling of a world spinning out of control.

Older readers will probably remember where they were when they heard the fateful news. That 'Kennedy moment' foreshadowed later highprofile losses such as Elvis Presley in 1977, John Lennon in 1980, Princess Diana in 1997, and David Bowie in 2016.

Fifty-five years ago, what was the reaction in Britain and on Tyneside to Kennedy's assassination? Dr Martin Farr, Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Newcastle University, says: "There was profound shock. Kennedy was a young, charismatic, popular, president. …

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