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Angelenos Remember John F. Kennedy

The Coliseum's torch will be lit at 12:01 am Friday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Pres. Kennedy's death.

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assasination Friday with a ceremonial lighting of the stadium's torch at 12:01 a.m..

Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was fatally shot as his motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Tex., on Nov. 22, 1963.

His death shocked a nation that was enamored with the suave war veteran, his elegant wife, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, and their young children.

In the past, the Coliseum torch - which burned continuously during the two Olympic games hosted by L.A. - was lit in the aftermath of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and the death of Pres. Ronald Reagan.

John F. Kennedy, a Catholic, has been the only non-Protestant president to date, and he's the only president to ever win a Pulitzer prize - awarded for his bestselling book, Profiles in Courage.

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