The Heritage Society Museum is marking 60 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. ABC13 looks back at his last Houston visit and the significant impact he made during his presidency. The tragic event that took place on that fateful day in Texas forever altered the course of American history. However, it was not the first attack targeting a President in Texas. Another incident unfolded earlier, highlighting the vulnerability of those in power.
Before JFK took office, the first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, experienced a heartbreaking loss. After the death of her infant son, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, she retreated from the public eye, spending several months in mourning. This personal tragedy shaped her journey as the first lady and influenced her role in the political sphere.
President John F. Kennedy's actions were not without controversy. Just hours before signing the trade embargo with Cuba, he managed to secure 1,200 Cuban cigars for himself. This decision sparked debates and criticism, reflecting the complex nature of his presidency.