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Dallas marks JFK's assassination anniversary

By JAMIE STENGLE
Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas police and schools officials are dedicating a historical marker to the police officer shot by Lee Harvey Oswald shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Officer J.D. Tippit was killed 45 minutes after Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Tippit was patrolling the Oak Cliff neighborhood when he spotted Oswald walking down a street. Oswald would shoot him four times.

A passerby used Tippit's police radio to call in the shooting. Oswald was later arrested in the nearby Texas Theatre.

Tippit's widow, Marie, attended a Tuesday ceremony to unveil the marker across the street from the shooting site.

With the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination approaching, Dallas officials preparing for a rush of tourists and interest in perhaps the most notorious day in the city's history.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced Tuesday that Pulitzer-winning historian David McCullough will serve as keynote speaker for a commemoration scheduled for Nov. 22, 2013.

The day will be exactly 50 years since a gunman fired on Kennedy's motorcade as it passed through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas.

The Warren Commission that investigated the president's death concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald fired at Kennedy's motorcade from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository and acted alone.

McCullough has written acclaimed biographies of Presidents Harry Truman and John Adams. He's won two Pulitzer Prizes, among many other awards.

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