The Speech Kennedy Never Gave – President Kennedy Assassination at Today in Irish History

November 22: TODAY in Irish History:

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Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

Conor is a Chicago based Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

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1963: President John F Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas.

President John F Kennedy

President John F Kennedy 1917-1863

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JFK at Fort Worth Texas on Morning of November 22

JFK Fort Worth

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JFK’s Final Public Speech at Fort Worth Breakfast

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LISTEN: JFK Complete Remarks at Fort Worth Chamber Breakfast November 22nd

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Kennedy Deputy Press Secretary Malcolm Kilduff Announces Death of the President

Kilduff was serving as acting White House spokesman for the first time on a presidential trip. Kennedy’s regular Press Secretary Pierre Salinger was flying to Japan with members of Kennedy’s cabinet at the time.

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SEE: History Channel program: As it Happened

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Boston Symphony Audience Reaction to Kennedy Assassination


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Kennedy was due to speak at the Trade Mart Dallas on that terrible day.

READ: Transcript of Remarks Prepared for Delivery at the Trade Mart Dallas, November 22nd 1963.

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Kennedy had visited Ireland the previous June to rapturous response. He spoke for 25 minutes to Dail Eireann in a wide ranging, historical speech that was maybe not always accurate. e.g. Ireland “is not neutral between liberty and tyranny and never will be.” Just twenty years previously, Ireland remained neutral in the face of the horrors of Hitler.

But the speech was uplifting and motivating to an Irish nation that was still young. Kennedy said

“This has never been a rich or powerful country, and yet, since earliest times, its influence on the world has been rich and powerful. No larger nation did more to keep Christianity and Western culture alive in their darkest centuries. No larger nation did more to spark the cause of independence in America, indeed, around the world. And no larger nation has ever provided the world with more literary and artistic genius.

This is an extraordinary country. George Bernard Shaw, speaking as an Irishman, summed up an approach to life: Other people, he said “see things and . . . say ‘Why?’ . . . But I dream things that never were– and I say: ‘Why not?'” ”

Listen to JFK’s speech to Dail Eireann (Irish parliament) on June 28th 1963.

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humorist IrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen. If you spot any inaccuracies or wish to make a comment, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the comment button.

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