Her husband’s blood stained her dress. She was on a plane with his body flying back to Washington. Her aides asked her if she would like to change out of those blood-stained clothes. There were sure to be lots of news cameras at the airport. Jackie Kennedy replied, “No. Let them see what they’ve done to Jack.”

On this day 59 years ago, an assassin murdered President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. It followed weeks and weeks of fever-pitch hatred of him in newspapers and TV shows in the area. Advisers warned JFK it would be dangerous to go there. He went anyway.