At 12:30 p.m. CST on 22 November 1963, John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States of America, was assassinated by a gunman as he rode through Dallas, Texas. The presidential motorcade had been travelling through the city’s business district when three shots were fired at his open-topped car, hitting him in the head and showering the rear interior of the limousine with fragments of skull, blood and brain matter. Accompanying the President in the car was his wife, Jacqueline; the governor of Texas, John Connally, and his wife, the first lady of Texas, Nellie Connally. John Connally was also shot and sustained life-threatening injuries, but survived. As the car sped away towards Parkland Memorial Hospital with the president’s security detail in pursuit, both Governor Connally and his wife recalled hearing Jackie exclaim, ‘they have killed my husband…I have his brains in my hands.’ John F. Kennedy was declared dead at 1 p.m. CST.