JFK File digitised by The National Archives

To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of U.S. President John F Kennedy, The National Archives have digitised the British Government’s reaction to the events in 1963 and made it available online.

The file, known as 11/4582 includes the draft statement prepared for then Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home in which he told the nation: “You have heard the dreadful news. I find it almost impossible, as I expect you do, to accept the fact that President Kennedy is dead.”

The file also includes the telegram messages from The Queen and former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan to President Kennedy’s widow.

There’s more information available from the TNA website at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/891.htm

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