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annodomini Fri 22-Nov-13 10:17:18

fifty years ago today? I was in the house I shared with two friends, watching TV after our evening meal, when the shattering news came through. President Kennedy had been shot. We were numb, incredulous. The President had become an icon for our generation. It couldn't have happened. But it had. What was also shocking was that the BBC, with crashing insensitivity, just carried on with a mediocre comedy programme as if nothing had happened. Do you remember that the next edition of TW3 commemorated President Kennedy in a beautifully sensitive manner? Millie Martin sang a song that I will never forget.

tiggypiro Fri 22-Nov-13 10:41:31

I was staying with my friend Avril. I think her dad heard about it in the pub and came back to tell us. Was it about 8pm ?

annodomini Fri 22-Nov-13 11:00:30

I think the news flash was between 6.30 and 7pm.

Grandmanorm Fri 22-Nov-13 11:08:46

In my parents house waiting for my fiancé to escort (fabulous word) me to my graduation Nurses' ball. I shall never forget it.

Sook Fri 22-Nov-13 11:19:03

I was 9 years old I think it was a Friday night? I was lying on the hearth rug in front of a blazing coal fire, drawing with my new felt tip pens, I remember jumping up when I heard the news and shouting to my Mum and Dad to come and listen. They didn't believe me!

I can remember my Dad saying that the Kennedy Clan were cursed (ino) because JFKs father Joe had stood on a lot of people on his climb to power. I didn't really understand that at the time.

Atqui Fri 22-Nov-13 11:28:36

Listening to radio Luxembourg doing my homework.

thatbags Fri 22-Nov-13 11:28:46

I remember hearing about what had happened but I was only seven at the time. I can't even be sure we had a telly then. We might have done but it would have been quite new to us.

Anniebach Fri 22-Nov-13 14:33:42

I was alone in the kitchen listening to the radio, the news came out on the radio first, I ran into the living room and even though a young adult I threw myself into my fathers arms, the news then came on the tv, I was crying and my parents eyes were filled with tears. I was frightened and angry as I felt so much hope slip away. We had hoped and expected so much from this man and it was taken away in seconds. I did feel grief.

Nonnie Fri 22-Nov-13 14:59:17

Up a ladder in the scullery (does anyone still have a scullery?) scraping layers of paint off the wall in preparation for decorating my parent's house.

ninathenana Fri 22-Nov-13 15:15:12

Sook and I are the same age but obviously has a better memory than me. I have no idea what I was doing.

MaggieP Fri 22-Nov-13 15:16:36

I was at boarding school and we were about to have our meal when it was announced, so a huge wailing went up from a large amount of emotional school girls,
How could one forget such a tragedy in our time.

J52 Fri 22-Nov-13 15:58:35

Getting ready for the Guide and Brownies christmas fare in the Guide hall. X

baubles Fri 22-Nov-13 16:04:40

It was a Friday, I was almost 10 years old and have a clear memory of discussing it with my friend on our walk to Guides.

merlotgran Fri 22-Nov-13 16:37:30

Playing Beatles records in my bedroom. My friend had come round because Friday night was always 'wash your hair' night.

petallus Fri 22-Nov-13 16:41:22

I can't remember but I do remember exactly what I was doing when the news about Diana came through.

KatyK Fri 22-Nov-13 16:48:01

I remember seeing it on our tiny TV. My dad coming in from the pub (as usual) he was in a good mood (not usual) and he had bought me a Beatles magazine (not at all usual). We told him about JFK. He was really upset as were we all. My family are Irish Catholics, Kennedy was a hero to us.

numberplease Fri 22-Nov-13 16:50:52

I was home alone, doing some hand washing and placing it around the fire on a clothes horse, hubby was out at brass band practice. The news came on, and there it was! Such a shock, and had to wait a couple of hours for him to get home so I could talk about it.

Frannygranny Fri 22-Nov-13 16:55:14

I was 10 years old and at Guides and one of the leaders came in at campfire time and told us the news. We finished early as we couldn't believe it and instead of going for chips as we usually did we all went home.

Sook Fri 22-Nov-13 17:03:03

nina grin I have the memory of an elephant when it comes to trivial details.

wisewoman Fri 22-Nov-13 17:16:37

A lot of people at guides. I was at a brownie meeting as a Guide helper (I was 15). I walked into the house to be told that Kennedy had died. I can remember it all very clearly.

absent Fri 22-Nov-13 17:49:03

I remember the news of his assassination but I don't think it meant much to me. It wasn't until some years later that I learned more about the politics of the time. However, I do remember hearing of the assassination of Martin Luther King nearly five years later when I was much more politically astute and informed as clearly as if it had happened yesterday.

ninathenana Fri 22-Nov-13 18:04:38

Sook your like my DD then smile she will often remind me of events in her childhood that I had long forgotten.

I do remember hearing about it. Just not what I was doing ay the time.

NfkDumpling Fri 22-Nov-13 18:12:46

I was sixteen and at home. I remember seeing it on our little black and white telly and being fascinated as I hadn't seen anyone shot before. Not for real.

grumppa Fri 22-Nov-13 18:28:34

I had been to the cinema in Headington and was walking back to my college. As I was crossing St. Clements somebody yelled out the news. Can't remember what the film was.

Notso Fri 22-Nov-13 18:50:26

I was waiting for a bus home after a late Friday night shift on the checkout in Waitrose, North Watford. Chap in the bus queue had a portable wireless and the news came through on that. Unforgettable.

I've just been listening to Alistair Cooke's Letter From America broadcast about it.