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The entire United States of America came to a standstill on November 25, 1963. It was the state funeral of President John F. Kennedy, who had been fatally shot by an assassin three days previously. Needless to say, there were multitudes of photographers present in Washington D.C. that day. One of them raised his camera and caught the former leader’s three-year-old son making a touching gesture.

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The violent death of President Kennedy shocked the entire world. His two young children, John and Caroline, weren’t told the awful news until the night after the incident. But the little boy was barely old enough to understand at the time. In fact, his third birthday took place the very same day as his father’s funeral.

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