The number of people who can actually remember where they were on November 22, 1963 has grown ever smaller as the years roll by. But unlike the murder of any other American public figure, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy continues to fascinate and sadden us even as the actual day of his death retreats further in the rear view mirror of history.
Kennedy was not the first of our presidents to die at the hand of an assassin. Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley were murdered in office. And attempts have been made on the lives of numerous other presidents - all in all, there have been more than 20 incidents in which sitting and former presidents were targeted for death. Sadly enough, violence has always been part and parcel of our political history.