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Kennedy assassination and funeral a TV landmark

Photo caption: Lyndon Johnson being sworn in as president on Air Force One  after Kennedy’s assassination.

Source: This Nation website (htpp://

Coverage of Kennedy’s assassination preoccupied tens of millions of Americans.  Television served the dual purpose of informing the public and helping the nation grieve.  The coverage lasted four days, beginning early in the afternoon of November 22, 1963, and involved a rapid series of events that included the first murder on live TV - the killing of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby.

The images gathered by IA technical crews were emotionally riveting.  Forever after, IA members would find themselves in the midst of national and international events, with full awareness that Canadian and American citizens were relying on them to bring news into the living room.