The story of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been told many times by many people. Among those who told it first was the late Walter Cronkite. He anchored the CBS News coverage during the first hours after bullets hit the president in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, 50 years ago Friday.
When President Kennedy took office in 1961, he immediately set out to combat communism wherever he could.
He didn’t need to look far, and signed off on a plan to overthrow Cuban dictator Fidel Castro put in motion by his predecessor, Dwight D. Eisenhower.
University of Oklahoma political scientist and Latin America scholar Charles Kenney says it’s no coincidence Kennedy launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba within a month of a massive ten-year development program for Latin America known as the Alliance For Progress.
One day after the assassination of President Kennedy, his good friend Bud Wilkinson led the Oklahoma Sooners on to the field to compete for the Big Eight Championship. The University of Oklahoma Athletic Department tells the story of that game.
Dr. Cross continued in his book by describing the day of the game. "The weather was bleak and cheerless the next day. The mood of the capacity crowd in the stadium was somber - in keeping with the weather and the tragedy of the day before.
A study released this week shows that Oklahoma's horse industry had an economic impact totaling $3.6 billion in 2012.
The survey was commissioned by the Oklahoma Equine Alliance and was completed this year. It also estimated the industry supported roughly 35,000 jobs and generated more than $100 million in state and local taxes.
Members of the alliance include the Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission and the OklahomaDepartment of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry, among other groups.