Today is the anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The president was shot as he rode in a motorcade through Dallas, Texas. He served less than three years in office before he was killed.
At the time, much of the activity in the country was put on pause as Americans gathered around televisions to watch the nonstop coverage of the assassination and the funeral.
A few day later, many Americans also witnessed the murder of the accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.
Television is credited with creating a shared experience throughout the country since it was the first time many Americans were able to follow a tragedy like this from beginning to end.