Here’s a creepy video. This is a recording of the video feed on CBS on the afternoon of November 22, 1963–complete with commercials, station breaks, and an episode of the soap opera As The World Turns. It’s pretty dull, unless you’re a fan of early 1960s TV. Then, at 10:01, announcer Walter Cronkite breaks in–audio only–with the famous words: “In Dallas, Texas, three shots were fired at President Kennedy’s motorcade in downtown Dallas. The first reports say that President Kennedy has been seriously wounded by this shooting.”
This is the actual broadcast as it occurred–no edits, no breaks, no commentary, nothing. This is what you would have seen on your TV screen on that fateful afternoon if you were watching CBS.
This is long (29 minutes total), but definitely worth watching especially in the later sections as the horrible news begins to come in. It’s pretty rare to find completely unedited footage like this, especially from so early an era. This was one of the darkest days in American history, and this is how it began for most people.
JFK, of course, was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald, firing from the Texas School Book Depository in downtown Dallas. The 50th anniversary of this tragic event is coming up this November.