This is a note written by Evelyn Lincoln, the personal secretary to President John F. Kennedy.
Several hours after Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd, 1963, Lincoln, who had been in the President’s motorcade, was flown back to Washington on Air Force One. During the flight she composed this list of potential suspects. The list reads:
- John Birch Society
- CIA in Cuban fiasco
Several years afterwards, she added the note on the reverse of the list, which reads:
“There is no end to the list of suspected conspirators to Pres. Kennedy murder. Many factions had their reasons for wanting the young president dead. That fact alone illustrates how the world suffers from a congenital proclivity to violence.” (more…)
Theodore Roosevelt was campaigning in 1912. On October 14th, a man who had been following Roosevelt for months decided that the time had come to strike, and shot Roosevelt as he was leaving a hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The bullet fired by the would-be assassin went through Roosevelt’s coat, jacket, the speech he had in his pocket (pictured above), the case for his glasses (also pictured), and entered his chest.
Declaring that, since he was not bleeding from the mouth and thus did not have a punctured lung, Roosevelt went on to speak as scheduled, for over an hour, saying to the crowd “It takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose”.
Pictured above is Dr. Charles Leale. Dr. Leale was the first physician to attend to Abraham Lincoln in the presidential box at Ford’s Theatre after Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth on April 14th, 1865 — he had been sitting 40 feet away from the President when the attack occurred.
Leale wrote a 21-page account of his experiences. His manuscript was hand-copied by a clerk for the Surgeon General’s Office and filed in their archives; it was never made public and has remained in obscurity until a researcher working for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library came across the document very recently. The first page of the report is shown above.
This document is entitled “The Progression of Events of 20 July 1944”; it was auctioned on January 31st.
The six-page typed document contains the eyewitness account of General Adolf Heusinger describing the events of July 20th, 1944. Heusinger was in the Wolf’s Lair, standing next to Adolf Hitler when a bomb contained in a suitcase, planted by Claus von Stauffenberg, exploded, killing four men and injuring Hitler himself.
The overall plot to overthrow Hitler and take control of the German military was a modification of an official plan to continue government operations in the event of a breakdown in civil order. The plan was named “Unternehmen Walküre”, or “Operation Valkyrie”.
The last living witness of the Lincoln assassination, Feb. 9, 1956.