Many people who were alive at the time can recall exactly what they were doing and exactly how they felt when they first learned of the assassination of America’s 35th president. Me among them, even though I was still at primary school and had little interest in, or understanding of, world affairs. The UK is about six hours ahead of Texas time-wise, so I do know that it was early evening and my family was watching telly. Whatever the programme was (being a Friday, probably Take Your Pick or Emergency Ward Ten), it was interrupted for the announcement. As that was not something ITV (or the BBC) usually did, I was probably more impressed by the fact it had than by what had happened. The adults around me might have made some comments, but nothing stands out.
Not much good as an eyewitness to history, am I? Of course, back then it wasn’t history. Just news.