November 24 - 1963 - Jack Ruby Kills Lee Harvey Oswald
Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, as Oswald was being escorted from Dallas Police Headquarters to Dallas County Jail in front of television news cameras and newspaper reporters just two days after Kennedy's death. This action gave a wealth of ammunition to anyone looking for a conspiracy surrounding Kennedy's assassination. Yet the actual personalities of both Oswald and Ruby indicated each man had acted alone. Oswald had actually fled to the Soviet Union, seeking asylum as a committed Communist, only to return to the United States with his Russian wife. While in his native New Orleans, Oswald would work on behalf of pro-Castro Cuban groups and attempt the assassination of an Army general. Then he would go to Dallas, where he was seen shooting at President Kennedy from the Texas Book Depository on November 22nd. The assassination shook the world, especially nightclub owner Jack Ruby. Ruby would repeatedly hang around Dallas Police headquarters with a loaded pistol. He finally used it when Oswald was moved to the Dallas County Jail. Ruby would give weird responses about his connections after his arrest, but few authorities believed him.