Where were you on the 22nd of November 1963?
It is a question on the lips of so many around the world and they think back to the day President John.F.Kennedy was
assasinated in Dallas, Texas in the United States of America. President Kennedy's death stunned the people of Ceylon.
John F.Kennedy was viewed as a highly intelliegent, charismatic US President by many in South Asia including Ceylon.
He was the youngest President of the United States, narrowly beating Richard Nixon in the Presidential Elections in 1961.
He was 43 years old.
1961 was a historic year for both Ceylon and the United States of America.On 20th January 1961, John F.Kennedy was sworn
in as the youngest ever elected President of the US. In Colombo, on the 20th of July 1961, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike
widow of Prime Minister S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike was sworn in as the world's first woman prime minister.
Radio Ceylon, the first radio station in South Asia, broadcast news of both occasions.
ON THIS DAY
Click on the photographs of Sirimavo Bandaranaike and John F.Kennedy to read the news reports from the BBC on that very
day they were sworn in as the Heads of State of Ceylon and the USA.
You can hear the famous speech by President JF Kennedy on Audio.