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This Week in History

This Week in History

US President Is Shot In Texas

22 November 1963

US President John F. Kennedy is killed by an assassin's bullets in Dallas, Texas.

In 1963, John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the USA, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, allegedly by Lee Harvey Oswald. Oswald was himself fatally shot soon after by Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner with ties to organized crime, before he could be charged or brought to trial. To this day, many believe Oswald did not act alone in organizing or carrying out the assassination.

assassin (noun): a killer who targets someone
allegedly (adverb): supposedly; according to someone (not necessarily true)
fatally (adverb): leading to death
organized crime (noun): long-term illegal activity planned carefully over a period of time
bring to trial (verb): take to court to be judged

Newspaper headline of Kennedy assassination
slay (verb): kill (a person or animal) in a violent way [slay, slew, slain]

Test your understanding:

The assassination of John F. Kennedy was allegedly carried out by

  1. a man called Lee Harvey Oswald
  2. a team of professional killers
  3. Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby

Soon after President Kennedy was killed

  1. Jack Ruby was shot and killed by Oswald
  2. Jack Ruby shot and killed Oswald
  3. Oswald shot and killed himself

If someone is alleged to have done something, it means

  1. they definitely did it
  2. they definitely did not do it
  3. somebody believes they did it

Teacher's Notes - how to use This Week in History in your classes

Contributor: Matt Errey. Matt is the author of several books including 1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context and Common English Idioms for learners, and Matt's ESL Games and Quizzes for teachers. He is also creator of WORD UP, the world's #1 EFL board game.

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