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Ann Arbor News Runs Extra Edition On Kennedy Assassination

This year marks the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination. Afternoon newspapers for Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, would have already gone to press and out for delivery when news came from Dallas that Kennedy had been assassinated while riding in parade through the Texas city. The Ann Arbor News and newspapers throughout the country rushed to put out a special “extra” edition for street sale. The UPI article is a typically tightly written wire service account of all the information available on a quickly changing story.

It is interesting to note that editors didn’t have time to pull or update earlier stories about Kennedy’s visit to Dallas, including a small item that future President Richard Nixon had been in the city just prior to Kennedy’s arrival and coverage of Kennedy’s speech. Also, on that date, another small item concerns the purchase of the Detroit Lions by William Clay Ford.

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