National Geographic : 1966 Jan
Before Kennedy could build further on these auspicious beginnings, he was mur dered. On November 22, 1963, while riding with his wife through the streets of Dallas, Texas, hailed by happy crowds, the President was shot from behind by an assassin. The Nation mourned his death with an outpour ing of grief comparable to that which marked the death of Abraham Lincoln.* He is buried at Arlington, Virginia, in a simple grave marked by an eternal flame. Hundreds of sites and memorials around the world have been dedicated to his memory. The most famous are Cape Kennedy, the *In "The Last Full Measure," in the March, 1964, GEOGRAPHIC, President-Editor Melville Bell Grosvenor and the Society's staff told how the world paid tribute. United States space center in Florida former ly known as Cape Canaveral; Mount Ken nedy, a peak in the Canadian Yukon; and three acres of ground and a memorial at his toric Runnymede, England. Future memorials will include the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D. C., and a library at Harvard University. Kennedy exemplified intelligence, vitality, charm, and what he had referred to as "that most admirable of human virtues-courage." President Johnson, two days after the funeral voiced the feeling of the Nation: "No words are sad enough to express our sense of loss. No words are strong enough to express our determination to continue the forward thrust of America that he began." Signing the nuclear-test-ban treaty in October, 1963, the President seals a pact out lawing atomic explosions in the atmosphere, space, and under water by the U. S ., United Kingdom, and Soviet Union. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson (right) and other digni taries cluster in the Treaty Room of the White House. Restored to its Victorian elegance, the chamber had not beheld such a ceremony since the signing in 1898 of the protocol that ended hostilities in the Spanish-American War.