JFK 50th Anniversary

Capital Tonight: ‘Honoring, but not living in the past

The city of Dallas and people from across the country paid tribute to President John F. Kennedy Friday, 50 years after his life was cut short.

In Friday’s Capital Tonight, we looked at how those who gathered at Dealey Plaza are choosing to remember a tragic moment in history without getting mired in the past.


For those who were covering the president, November 22 was just the start of decades worth of repercussions and investigation. Veteran broadcast journalist Dan Rather joined us to talk about the rollercoaster that followed.



The presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson will be forever linked to Kennedy’s death and the Vietnam war, but we spoke to one man who says LBJ’s time in office has been chronically underrated. LBJ Presidential Library Director Mark Updegrove joined us to explain why.

Capital Tonight: Dallas prepares to look back at painful day

Just one day before President John F. Kennedy’s life was cut short, thousands are gathering in Dallas to reflect on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

In Thursday’s Capital Tonight, we reported live from Dallas as the city prepares to remember a moment that changed history and the man whose life was cut short.


Hours after the bullets struck, a new president was sworn in on Air Force One at Dallas Love Field. We spoke to Mark Updegrove of the LBJ presidential library about how Lyndon B. Johnson handled the transition from tragedy.


And millions of Americans remember where they were when they heard the news, but one man had to be among of the first to tell them. Click on the image below to see radio broadcaster Gary DeLaune tell his story.