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Saturday, March 14, 1964. :   The killer of President John F Kennedy's assassin is sentenced to the electric chair.

     John F Kennedy, often known simply as JFK, was the 35th President of the United States. He served from 1961 until his presidential term was cut tragically short when he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, 22 November 1963 while on a political trip through Texas. Three shots were fired at his open-topped car, hitting him in the head and throat. He was taken to Parkland Hospital, but died thirty-five minutes after being shot. Kennedy was the fourth US President to be assassinated, and the eighth to die while in office.

Within an hour of the shooting, Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested and later charged with the assassination of President Kennedy. Two days later, nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot Oswald as he was being transferred from police headquarters in Dallas to the county jail, at the centre of a large crowd of police officers, reporters and camera crews.

On 14 March 1964, Jack Ruby was convicted of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, and sentenced to death in the electric chair. However, Ruby's lawyers appealed on the grounds that the excessive publicity in Dallas prohibited Ruby from receiving a fair trial. The appeal was successful and Ruby's conviction and death sentence was overturned. However, while awaiting a new trial, Ruby died of a pulmonary embolism in hospital on 3 January, 1967.

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