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  1. Lee Harvey Oswald (October 18, 1939 – November 24, 1963) was a U.S. Marine veteran who assassinated John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, on November 22, 1963. Oswald was placed in juvenile detention at the age of 12 for truancy, during which time he was assessed by a psychiatrist as "emotionally disturbed", due to a lack ...

    • Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?
    • Quick Facts
    • Early Life
    • Marine Service and Move to The Soviet Union
    • Radical Behavior Back in America
    • Assassination of JFK
    • Death

    Originally from New Orleans, Lee Harvey Oswald joined the U.S. Marines and later defected to the Soviet Union for a period of time. He returned to America with his family and eventually acquired firearms. Oswald allegedly assassinated President John. F. Kennedyon November 22, 1963, in Dallas. While being taken to county jail two days later, Oswald ...

    FULL NAME: Lee Harvey Oswald BORN: October 18, 1939 DIED: November 24, 1964 BIRTHPLACE: New Orleans, Louisiana SPOUSE: Marina Prusakova CHILDREN: 2 daughters ASTROLOGICAL SIGN: Libra

    Lee Harvey Oswald was born on October 18, 1939, in New Orleans to Marguerite and Robert Oswald Sr., who died of a heart attack two months prior to Oswald’s birth. Following her husband’s death, Marguerite sent Oswald and his two older brothers to live in an orphanage. Remarried for a few years, Marguerite eventually moved with her children to the B...

    Marguerite and Oswald eventually moved back to New Orleans, where Oswald continued to develop his interest in socialist literature, which he’d begun to read in New York. In 1956, he joined the U.S. Marines. He was a better-than-average marksman yet was court-martialed twice in 1958 for having an illegal weapon and displaying violent behavior. Oswal...

    The family set up residence in Dallas, with Oswald taking on the post-office alias of Alek J. Hidell. Around this time, Oswald’s interest in communism transformed into support for Cuba. In early 1963, he ordered a .38 handgun via the mail and later acquired a rifle. He had Marina take a picture of him with the weapons—a document that would later be...

    On the afternoon of November 22, 1963—around the time of President John F. Kennedy’s approaching motorcade through Dallas—Oswald was seen on the sixth floor of his work building, holding a rifle. At 12:30 p.m., three shots were fired, with the second and third hitting JFK. Texas Governor John B. Connally was also hit and wounded. The president died...

    Oswald never saw a trial for his alleged crimes. On November 24, 1963, while the 24-year-old was being taken to the county jail, Oswald was shot and killed by Jack Ruby, a club owner with mob affiliations. Ruby stated that he acted out of outrage over Kennedy’s assassination. There have also been theories that Ruby’s actions might have been part of...

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  2. Jan 3, 2024 · Lee Harvey Oswald (born October 18, 1939, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.—died November 24, 1963, Dallas, Texas) accused assassin of U.S. Pres. John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963. He himself was fatally shot two days later by Jack Ruby (1911–67) in the Dallas County Jail.

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    • He served in the Marines, where his nickname was “Osvaldovich.” Oswald took an early interest in socialism after picking up a leaflet about the coming execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who had been convicted of spying for Russia.
    • Oswald attempted suicide in Russia. In 1959, Oswald travelled to Moscow, in hopes of becoming a Soviet citizen. “I want citizenship because I am a communist and a worker,” he wrote in his request for citizenship.
    • He once improvised the role of a killer. In 1960, Oswald moved to Minsk and became friends with a group of college students interested in learning English.
    • His alias was “Alek J. Hidell.” By 1962, Oswald was back in the United States and working in a photo lab in downtown Dallas. Using the lab’s photo equipment, he began to forge a new identity, including a Selective Service card, in the name of “Alek J. Hidell.”
  3. Feb 9, 2010 · On November 24, 1963, Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner, fatally shot Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, in the basement of the Dallas police station. Ruby claimed he acted in anger at Kennedy's murder and was later convicted of first-degree murder. Some conspiracy theories surround his role in the assassination.

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