NBC 5 is proud to bring you the JFK 50 app as NBC 5 remembers the events surrounding November 22, 1963.
President John F. Kennedy delivers a speech to the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce hours before he is killed. The president's plane lands at Dallas' Love Field, then his motorcode rolls out of the airport, heading for the city. Shots ring out in Dealey Plaza -- officials say from the Dallas School Book Depository, but some witnesses insist from the grassy knoll. A Catholic priest reads the last rites minutes before a stunned nation receives the news: JFK is dead.
As these events unfolded on Nov. 22, 1963, NBC 5 -- then using the call letters WBAP -- was there to document them. The station broke into programming and stayed on the air for three days. Now, on the 50th anniversary of one of the darkest days in the history of Dallas, NBC 5 dug into its rich archives to bring you video from the president's trip to Fort Worth and Dallas, as well as the days after the assassination.
A rich iPhone app, available now from Apple's app store, features hours of archival video from JFK's Texas trip, and the chaotic days after his death -- including video of Lee Harvey Oswald being shot by Jack Ruby, broadcast live from a camera operated by a station engineer.
"By combining today's technology with our deep station archives, we know this app will be of keen interest to those individuals who remember that day in 1963 as well as those seeking a better understanding of this critical landmark in our country’s history," said Tom Ehlmann, President and General Manager of NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth.
Other features include interactive maps showing the route of the presidential motorcade, and Oswald's attempted escape that fateful day. A timeline covers Nov. 21-27, with articles and videos taking you through the seven days surrounding the president's trip to Texas.
There are also sections dedicated to The Kennedy Legacy as well as JFK in His Own Words. And the people and places section will introduce you to all the major figures and landmarks from that time.
On Nov. 22, the app will include live video of the 50th anniversary ceremony in Dallas.