John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. Many believe Kennedy anticipated, and possibly even predicted his own death. Chillingly, just before President Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Onassis left for Texas, the President told his wife, “We’re heading into nut country today. But Jackie, if somebody wants to shoot me from a window with a rifle, nobody can stop it, so why worry about it?”. The Kennedys arrived in Texas the evening before JFK’s assassination. It was a rainy night and hundreds of onlookers had gathered to greet them. The following morning, just three hours before his death, President Kennedy commented, “You know, last night would have been a hell of a night to assassinate a President. There was rain, and the night, and we were all getting jostled. Suppose a man had a pistol in a briefcase and melted away into the crowd.”. Reportedly, Kennedy had also often commented to Dave Powers, one of his top aides, that it would be so easy for someone to shoot him with a rifle from a tall building.
To those who knew him personally, John F. Kennedy was seen as a very morbid man. He would often joke about the best ways to die, stating his preferred methods would be war or poisoning. After his assassination, Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis revealed John’s favorite poem was, ‘I Have a Rendezvous with Death’ by Alan Seeger. Seeger was a Harvard graduate and WWI soldier who had strangely predicted his own death in the poem. Jaqueline remembers John requesting she read it to him often. In his youth, JFK enlisted in WWII along with his older brother, Joe, who was killed in the war. His sister, Kathleen, died a short time later in a plane crash. JFK insisted he would also die young, predicting to live until 45; At the time of his assassination, Kennedy had lived just shy of 46 years and 6months.
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