Jacqueline Kennedy Assassinated in Dallas
November 22, 1963
The world was greatly changed in Dallas on that afternoon when
JFK was shot and killed. The world would have been even more changed if the
assasssin had been slightly off, around two feet in a 600 foot shot,
with his rather cheap ($13) rifle. We now will consider if Jackie's
head had been hit by that rifle shot, in that open limousine.
We see that many important aspects
of the world would have proceeded very differently after that.
The Nation would have grieved just as much if Jackie had been killed
that day, but consider the consequences:
- JFK would NOT have died, and his understanding of the relative
pointlessness of the Vietnam War may have brought millions of American
Soldiers home far before it became out of control and before Chinese
and Russian troops and weapons were brought in to kill Americans. JFK
seemed to realize that, where his replacement, Lyndon Johnson certainly
- Several Civil Rights issues might have become resolved by personal
involvement of JFK. Politics would still have interfered with
the important Civil Rights Laws of the 1960s, but who knows?
- Women's Rights issues were becoming important during the 1960s, and
who knows what the Women's groups might have accomplished had Jackie
been killed that day in 1963.
- JFK may have had very serious medical problems, as we now know that
he had been taking massive amounts of powerful medications, just to be
able to stand up and walk, for a number of years. Long-term consequences
of such medications are often dire.
- JFK and the Soviet leader Khrushchev had actually started to
accomplish things in early 1963, like Nuclear Test Ban Treaties. Both
of them wanted to eliminate nuclear weapons from the world, and who
knows if they might have accomplished anything along those lines.
In the late 1980s, President Reagan and Soviet leader Gorbechev
finally began to accomplish some things along these lines.
- How would JFK's attitudes have changed regarding 'guns' in America
after his wife had been killed by someone who had bought a $13 gun
to do it? Maybe we would not now have 400,000,000 guns in the
- President Johnson may not have become President, as JFK seemed
extremely popular and likely to be re-elected in 1964. Would that have
avoided some horrific decisions in and around Viet Nam in the following
years of the Johnson Presidency?
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C Johnson, Theoretical Physicist, Physics Degree from Univ of Chicago