JFK anniversary

Monday marks the 47th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy.

Both ABC and SBS will air documentaries marking the tragedy: The Lost JFK Tapes: The Assasination and JFK: 3 Shots that Changed America

Wonder if Andrew Denton will give everyone the day off today?

The Lost JFK Tapes: The Assasination
9:30pm tonight on ABC1.
This remarkable documentary of the assassination of President John F Kennedy brings to light original news footage that has been hidden away for over 45 years.

The world was rocked by the shooting of the iconic US president as his cavalcade drove through Dallas on 22 November 1963, and the incident has been covered extensively in the decades since. However, The Lost JFK Tapes offers a fresh approach to this historical event, thanks to nearly 100 hours of amazing material that has previously been languishing in a vault.

Instead of mixing clips with ‘talking head’-style interviews, this compelling documentary lets the pictures tell the story, allowing viewers to experience incidents as they happened – almost as if they were there at the time.

Local TV and radio stations initially held on to the extensive material their crews shot in the run up and during the aftermath of the shooting. It was then locked away for safe keeping in a Dallas museum dedicated to preserving the memory of that fateful day…until now.

The Lost JFK Tapes poignantly takes the audience from happy scenes as the President made his final speech at Fort Worth and arrived with wife Jackie at Dallas Love Field Airport, through to the traumatised onlookers who had gathered to cheer the presidential cavalcade through the city, and the arrest and subsequent killing of suspect Lee Harvey Oswald.

Using the news reports and an exclusive collection of photographs, the film fills the gaps in the timeline of events, providing a cutting-edge view of the assassination investigation and the questions that remain unanswered to this day.

JFK: 3 Shots that Changed America
Part One: Tuesday 23 November at 10.00pm on SBS ONE
Part Two: Tuesday 30 November at 10.00pm on SBS ONE
To mark the 50th anniversary of JFK’s election as US President and the 47th anniversary of his assassination, SBS will screen this remarkable documentary that tells the story of one of the most significant events in American history.

Presented in chronological order without any narration, JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America takes viewers inside the immediate shock of Kennedy’s death and the chaos that reigned in the aftermath.

Using original archival footage from a range of sources, including eyewitness home moves, Dallas police dispatch radio recordings, televised interviews and raw news footage, the program provides an account in the words of those who were there.

Part 1 traces the hours before JFK’s assassination on November 22, 1963 through to the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald less than 48 hours later. The minute-by-minute account captures the initial shock in the moments straight after his death.

Part 2 examines the aftermath and the enduring controversies that emerged as succeeding generations of Americans struggled to comprehend the sudden murder of an unforgettable leader.

It also airs on the History Channel.



  1. A little late with this, but I only just watched these two docos on ABC & SBS’s respective web-players tonight just before they expired – I really enjoyed both of them!

    It was weird how towards the end of part two in ‘JFK: 3 Shots that Changed America’ that they acknowledged almost all the lost film that ‘The Lost JFK Tapes: The Assasination’ was focusing on.

    They both were very similar in styles – light on narration/talking heads & heavy with old news footage.

    PS: the ABC1 version got most of its footage from ABC America & the SBS One version used a lot of CBS film. 🙂

  2. @ Joan

    I don’t know about Pay TV and what channel the History Channel is on. But for next week it’s on SBS (Ch 3 or 30 on digital; I don’t know your analogue set up) as well. If you’re in a remote area or overseas then I can’t help you.

    @ Tony

    I hope you’re joking about still believing in conspiracies. If not I recommend Oswald’s Ghost. It might not change your mind. But if someone wants to convince me that someone else did it. They’ll have to name me the name or names of the people involved and not organisations. Show me with evidence including credible witnesses that they were there and had the weapons and training to do it. So far all the evidence points to Oswald. As for Ruby the irony with him is if he had of slept in he wouldn’t of killed Oswald. As they point out in the documentary he was just passing and noticed the crowd at the police station. That and if he didn’t bring his gun.

    See it for yourself. I get it was a time of questioning authority and government. But sometimes all it takes is a lone assassin. And I’ll admit sometimes more than one. But not in this instance (i.e. killing President Kennedy, wounding Governor Connally and killing Officer Tippit later on). Then of course for Ruby to see the crowd and go see what it was about later on. Show me who and how else it could of occurred and not some vague they did it. I need more than that.

  3. I wasn’t alive at the time. So to me it was always a fact. These two documentaries due to their nature of using footage and recordings of the time have done more to put me there than anything else I’ve ever seen. Because it unfolded as it would of done for the people at the time (except compressed). I’ve watched a lot of things on this too including Oliver Stone’s JFK. I’ll admit I once subscribed or let the conspiracy theorists sway me their way. But that’s no longer the case. Ironically due to the other documentary, Oswald’s Ghost, that aired this week (I saw it awhile ago) plus others of that nature that convinced me that Oswald did it. Alone. It’s still a tragedy. Especially hard for the families. Some members are no longer here as well. I just want to acknowledge them. Thank you.

  4. November 22, 1963 – I remember that day vividly coming home from school. That was the day that JFK was assassinated Not elected. In my opinion – Oswald did not do it. Jack Ruby knew who did It – he was forced to get rid of Oswald in order to get rid of the paper trail. And when Marilyn Monroe got clumbsey – then she too was erased , it was all cleverly concealed between the American diplomats in government (including LBJ) and Mafia Members who worked together to get rid of JFK. Let’s not all kid ourselves – no one gets rid of another person just for the sake of it – there has to be a reason. All parties involved worked on this for ore than 9 months to achieve what happened. Rest assured – there are people still standing that know fully wel what happened – ask the Bush Family

  5. What’s there to tell?? Who shot JFK??? Why the American secret police did!! Want proof?? Ask Marylin Monroe….hang on…they murdered her too making it look like suicide!!!!…..Nothing more to tell really…..

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