JFK: 50 years later

A five-part series examining the profound impact of former President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Day 1

JFK: 50 years later

Kennedy murder a breakpoint in time

That awful day in Dallas retains enormous symbolic importance as a touchstone: marking a boundary between a pre-assassination then and a post-assassination now.

Framingham woman helped Jackie Kennedy reply to condolence letters

Mary Murphy, then a young Framingham State English professor, directed 100 volunteers who replied to each letter with a hand-addressed acknowledgment.

Recalling NFL’s decision to play after Kennedy’s death

The day before the president was buried, NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle didn’t cancel any games. The decision haunted him.

Three lessons from the Kennedy presidency

JFK was an advocate for public service, a practitioner of restraint, and he urged Americans to avoid demonizing enemies and instead commit to peace.

50 years later, Beverly forensic pathologist examines JFK

Dr. Peter Cummings, a forensic neuropathologist from Beverly, examined evidence from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Day 2

A young girl cried outside a memorial service being held for President Kennedy at Harvard University on Nov. 23, 1963.

JFK: 50 years later

The news hit, a rogue wave: sudden, unthinkable, savage

For Boston as for nowhere else, the death of the president was a death in the family. Word spread in an instant by Cronkite and by word of mouth. Then the city froze in place, to watch and mourn, for what seemed one endless 72-hour day.

JFK and the camera before Dallas — and after

“A Great Crowd Had Gathered: JFK in the 1960s” at Yale looks at JFK, his assassination, how the impact of it lived on visually, and the role of images.

Share your memories of JFK’s assassination

Where were you when you heard the news that the president had been killed?

Day 3

John F. Kennedy capped his 1960 campaign at Boston Garden. His victory was the summit of Irish political ascendance.

Edmund Kelley/Globe File

JFK: 50 years later

His life fulfilled the Irish dream. His death shattered it.

The Kennedy story epitomized the story of the Irish in America, making it a happy ballad at last — and so briefly.

Boston’s Irish legacy

JFK’s election was the triumphant culmination of the long march to assimilation and power of Irish Catholic Americans.

JFK Elementary students learn about school’s namesake

Fifty years later, the details of Kennedy’s death still had the power to shock students at the school bearing his name.

50 years later, ceremonies pay tribute to JFK

Governor Patrick and other state officials marked 50 years since President Kennedy’s assassination at a solemn State House ceremony.

Somber nation marks 50th anniversary of JFK death

A half-century after rifle bullets cut through a presidential motorcade, the city that has long struggled with its own wounds from the JFK assassination paused to honor the fallen leader.

Day 4

Robert Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy watched as President Kennedy’s coffin was placed in an ambulance at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Nov. 22, the day he was assassinated.

Associated Press File 1963

JFK: 50 years later

Robert F. Kennedy saw conspiracy in JFK’s assassination

Robert F. Kennedy took on some of the Kennedy Administration’s hardest tasks, ones that created dangerous foes, and after the assassination, RFK wondered if one of them had done it.

The burdens of RFK

No one felt the onus of JFK’s death more than his brother, Robert.

Day 5: Monday

John Kennedy’s good looks, and the optimism he engendered, seem to have clouded the rearview mirror in the past 50 years.

Associated Press File

JFK: 50 years later | Kevin Cullen

More than a president was lost to time that day

Memory tends to mist the edges. JFK led a sharply split nation, in which almost as many disliked as admired him, and with great conflicts looming. He also led a family, broken in ways that can be hard to properly hold in mind.

Troves of files on JFK assassination remain secret

There is a new push to shake loose classified materials that may shed light on whether JFK’s death was by a lone assassin or a conspiracy.

At place of his birth, JFK’s death recalled

The National Park Service held a memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site in Brookline.