Being a newspaper buff, I was very excited when a friend of mine invited me to her grandmother's house this summer to check out her newspaper collection, which included a number of papers chronicling the assassination of the 35th U.S. President, John F. Kennedy. For today's 50-year anniversary of that assassination, I am sharing photos of the papers here: the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, along with the now-defunct afternoon papers Chicago's American and the Chicago Daily News.
I have also included three photos from my trip to Dealey Plaza in February of 2005.
Included in this gallery are the two famous photos of Jack Ruby killing Lee Harvey Oswald, though one more famous than the other. The iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning shot was snapped by Bob Jackson of the Dallas Times Herald, while the other shot was taken by Dallas Morning News veteran Jack Beers. Here is a fantastic story of both photos, and the impact they had on both photographers. (Full version.)
UPDATE, November 22, 2013, 11:15 am: Oliver Oike, aka @oo, informs me that his version of the 11-22-63 Daily News differs from mine. Conspiracy you say? No -- it seems as if mine is an inside section. Here's the front section, below-the-fold, and the inside spread. Thanks Oliver!
UPDATE, November 22, 2013, 3:45 pm: I contacted the Chicago History Museum to inquire about the dual-Daily News issues. Here is their response, with an update to the photo gallery to include the microfilm photo they found:
Thank you for your question. We're very intrigued because we found two more headlines! I'm attaching the final one here. It's taken from the microfilm. [SEE PHOTO GALLERY] We also pulled our collection of Kennedy assassination newspapers and three versions are there. The one you have is Late Markets, Red Flash (we don't have that one), the one from the twitter user is Final Markets, Red Streak, and ours that's attached is also Final Markets, Red Streak, with the addition to the headline that Johnson was sworn in.
Final Markets, Red Streak would be the final version (whether afternoon or evening) and then it looks as though because of the events of the day, there was a final, final one. The first one that we have is also Late Markets, Red Flash, and the headline is Kennedy Shot Down by Dallas Sniper (unlike yours, Kennedy Killed by Dallas Sniper).
So, at least a total of 4 headlines from the Daily News that day. I hope this helps!