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New iPhone App Marks 50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination And Celebrates Presidential Legacy
DALLAS-FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As the nation prepares to remember President John F. Kennedy's assassination that took place in Dallas 50 years ago this November 22, NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth / KXAS has made available rare archival footage of JFK's 1963 visit in JFK 50: NBC 5 Remembers, a new iPhone app. Through the station's extensive archives, the app offers unique historical insight into events leading up to and surrounding that tragic day.
"We are proud to offer a worldwide audience this compelling glimpse into the events that shook our country 50 years ago this November with the assassination of President Kennedy," said Tom Ehlmann, President and General Manager of NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth. "By combining today's technology with our deep station archives, we know this app will be of keen interest to those individuals who remember that day in 1963 as well as those seeking a better understanding of this critical landmark in our country's history."
The JFK 50: NBC 5 Remembers app, available for download now in the App Store here, features extensive video content, including archival station footage of President Kennedy's trip to Fort Worth and Dallas and the chaotic days after the shots were fired at Dealey Plaza. When the President was shot, the station broke into programming and stayed on the air for three days. Among the app's content is video from the Dallas Police Headquarters on the day Jack Ruby fatally shot Lee Harvey Oswald, which was broadcast live from a camera operated by a station engineer.
In addition to the video, users can explore interactive maps retracing the route of the Presidential motorcade on the day of the assassination and Oswald's escape path, noting important points along the way. The app also includes a special timeline detailing the events of each day in Dallas from November 21 to November 27, 1963, paired with corresponding articles and videos to transport the user to the seven days surrounding the President's trip to Texas. Within the app, various other sections explore JFK's legacy, the Kennedy family and the major figures and landmarks of the 1960s as well as video of key speeches delivered by President Kennedy.
"The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is excited to hear about NBC 5's efforts in developing this free mobile application commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy," said Nicola Longford, Executive Director of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. "Their award-winning coverage of the assassination, continued reporting on the subject and vast archives of historic footage provide a strong foundation for the app's content. JFK 50: NBC 5 Remembers will surely hold the public's interest long after the anniversary."
The app also offers users the opportunity to live stream the ceremony taking place in Dallas on November 22, 2013 to mark the anniversary as well as all related news coverage that airs on NBC 5. Additionally, information about modern day events related to this monumental day in history and the anniversary will be available via the app.
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