23 JFK Assassination Facts That Even Most History Buffs Won’t Know

Published October 27, 2017
Updated November 21, 2023

These rock-solid JFK assassination facts are more fascinating than any conspiracy theory ever could be.

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With thousands of new documents related to the JFK assassination finally released to the public this week, many have realized just how much they don't know about this historic event.

On November 22, 1963, the course of U.S. history changed forever when John F. Kennedy was shot to death in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald (whose role in the assassination remains in dispute among amateur skeptics and conspiracy theorists).

Oswald was soon apprehended in a nearby theater, after shooting and killing police officer J.D. Tippet, who had rolled up alongside Oswald after seeing that he matched the description of the Kennedy shooter.

Then, Oswald himself was shot to death by a local nightclub owner and minor underworld figure named Jack Ruby before he could stand trial for Kennedy's murder. Ruby died of cancer in prison soon after, and with the major players now gone, much of the mystery behind the assassination may have died with them.

Despite, or perhaps because of, this, the assassination has remained one of the most hotly-debated points of interest among conspiracy theorists for decades, with many laying the blame for Kennedy's death on parties including Cuba, the CIA, the Mafia, and even then-Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson.

But while such speculation has held people's interest for decades, little of it is likely grounded in fact. Above are some of the most fascinating JFK assassination facts you'll ever read.

Listen above to the History Uncovered podcast, episode 96: Who Really Killed JFK?, also available on Apple and Spotify.

After having a look at these JFK assassination facts, see some of the most powerful Kennedy assassination photos you'll find anywhere. Then, read about the four strangest presidential assassination attempts of all time.

Gabe Paoletti
Gabe Paoletti is a New York City-based writer and a former Editorial Intern at All That's Interesting. He holds a Bachelor's in English from Fordham University.