170 Days in 1963


The decision to visit Texas in late November was made at a meeting between President Kennedy, Vice President Johnson, Governor Connally, Cliff Carter and Fred Korth on June 5, 1963 at the Cortez Hotel in El Paso, Texas. One hundred seventy days later, President Kennedy was assassinated on Elm Street in Dallas.


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June 5  Kennedy decides on a 1-day trip to Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston in late November — National Archives  and  Affidavit Of Clifton Carter

 

June 7  Projected timing of an attempt to assassinate Kennedy in Beverly Hills, California by anti-Castro Cubans; preliminary discussions which appear to have been abandoned  —  Richard Case Nagell in The Man Who Knew Too Much by Dick Russell, 1992, pg 160  and  John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

 

June 8  Operation Tilt  —  Source

 

June 10  Kennedy delivers his historic commencement speech at American University in Washington, D.C.  —  Source

 

July 3  Herminio Diaz Garcia enters the U.S. at Port Everglades, Florida  —  Source

 

July 11  Ruth Paine invites Marina Oswald to live with her in Irving, Texas  —  Source

 

July or August  David Phillips is promoted and begins his new duties as CIA’s Chief of Cuban Operations in Mexico City  —  Source is Phillips’ Church or HSCA testimony

 

August  “Pro-Castro” Cubans approach Lee Harvey Oswald in New Orleans and offer him a role in a plot to assassinate Kennedy  —  Richard Case Nagell in The Man Who Knew Too Much by Dick Russell, 1992, pg 161

 

August 9  Lee Harvey Oswald is arrested in New Orleans for scuffling with Carlos Bringuier  —  Source

 

August 28  Richard Case Nagell advises Desmond FitzGerald that Oswald-related operations are out of control  —  Source

 

September (early)  Richard Case Nagell meets with Lee Harvey Oswald in New Orleans and attempts to convince him that these Cubans are in fact anti-Castro militants financed by CIA and that he’s being set up  —  Richard Case Nagell in The Man Who Knew Too Much by Dick Russell, 1992, pg 161

 

September  The White House decides to expand the Texas trip to 2 days, specifying November 21st and 22nd  —  National Archives

 

September (6th or about)  Danny Arce and Bonnie Ray Williams begin working at the Texas School Book Depository  —  Source

 

September (probably the 7th)  Antonio Veciana states that David Phillips and Lee Harvey Oswald meet at the Southland Center in Dallas  —  Source (Fonzi)

 

September 13  Buell Wesley Frazier begins working at the Texas School Book Depository  —  Source

 

September 17  A tourist visa permitting travel to Mexico City is issued in the name of Lee Harvey Oswald  —  Source

 

September 17 or 18  Loran Hall retrieves Gerry Hemming’s Johnson 30-06 semi-automatic rifle with a Bushnell, variable powered scope from Dick Hathcock in Los Angeles. Hall, Lawrence Howard and Celio Castro Alga then leave for Dallas with the rifle and a trailer full of weapons and medical supplies.  —  Source

 

September 20  Richard Case Nagell gets himself arrested by firing two shots inside the State National Bank of El Paso  —  Source

Loran Hall, Lawrence Howard and Celio Castro Alga arrive in Dallas and register at the Lawnview Motel and stay for approximately 10 days before continuing on to Miami, leaving their trailer full of weapons and medical supplies in Dallas.  —  Source

 

September 25  An individual identifying himself as Lee Harvey Oswald is on a bus somewhere between New Orleans and Mexico City, sitting next to a man identified as Albert Osborne. Someone claiming to be Harvey Oswald visits the Selective Service office in Austin, Texas around 1:00 PM to discuss his dishonorable discharge from the Marine Corps. Sometime between 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM, a Lee Harvey Oswald cashes an unemployment check at a Winn-Dixie store on Magazine Street in New Orleans.  —  Source

 

September 26  The White House announces Kennedy’s upcoming trip to Dallas  —  Source

The Odio Incident  —  Source

An individual identifying himself as Lee Harvey Oswald crosses the Mexican border at Nuevo Laredo on a bus  —  Source

 

September 27  In Mexico City, an O.H. Lee registers at the Hotel del Comercio, a hive of Cuban intelligence operations and anti-Castro Cuban exile activity. A Lee Harvey Oswald visits Sylvia Duran at the Cuban embassy in Mexico City to apply for a visa.  —  Source

 

September 28  Someone identifying himself as Lee Harvey Oswald visits the Cuban and Soviet embassies in Mexico City (In her 1978 HSCA testimony, Duran denies Oswald visited the Cuban embassy on this day)  —  Source

 

September (late, the 26th?)  Projected timing of an attempt to assassinate Kennedy in the Washington, D.C. area by anti-Castro Cubans; preliminary discussions which appear to have been abandoned  —  Richard Case Nagell in The Man Who Knew Too Much by Dick Russell, 1992, pg 161

 

September 30  Someone identifying himself as Lee Harvey Oswald again visits the Soviet embassy in Mexico City  —  Source

 

October  Loran Hall and William Seymour are arrested for drug possession in Dallas while in town to retrieve the trailer full of weapons and medical supplies left there by Hall, Lawrence Howard and Celio Castro Alga in September. They are released and then travel to Miami with the trailer.  —  Source

 

October 2  The person identifying himself as Lee Harvey Oswald in Mexico City boards a bus and travels to Dallas, arriving at 2:20 PM  —  Source

 

October 7  David Phillips travels to JM/WAVE in Miami, staying until the 9th  —  Source

 

October 14  Ruth Paine telephones Roy Truly to inquire about employment opportunities for Lee Harvey Oswald at the Texas School Book Depository  —  Source

An O.H. Lee rents a room at 1026 North Beckley Avenue in Dallas  —  Source

White House Secret Service Agent Thomas Shipman, Kennedy’s primary driver, died of a heart attack while on a presidential protective assignment at Camp David, Maryland  —  Source

 

October 15  Lee Harvey Oswald applies for work at the Texas School Book Depository and is offered a job paying $1.25 per hour. His scheduled work time is 8:00 AM to 4:45 PM, with lunch from 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM  —  Source

 

October 16  Lee Harvey Oswald begins working at the Texas School Book Depository  —  Source

 

October 18  Lee Harvey Oswald’s 24th birthday  —  Source

 

October 22  Army code breaker Eugene B. Dinkin writes Robert Kennedy from France to advise that he has knowledge of a U.S. military plot to assassinate Kennedy on November 28th and that it will be carried out in such a way as to place the blame on communists. Dinkin then goes AWOL to offer this warning at various embassies.  —  Source

 

October 26  Malcolm Price sees Lee Harvey Oswald or an imposter practicing with a rifle at the Sportsdrome Gun Range in Grand Prairie, Texas  —  Source

 

October 30  Loran Hall, Lawrence Howard, William Seymour and others are stopped by U.S. Customs south of Miami heading toward the Florida Keys with 3 cars full of weapons and a trailered boat. Customs seizes all the weapons and 2 of their cars. No one is arrested and they return to Miami.  —  Source

 

November 1  Secret Service agent Abraham Bolden receives an FBI telex detailing a plot by 4 men to assassinate Kennedy in Chicago tomorrow with high-powered rifles  —  Source

Major General Edward Lansdale retires from the United States Air Force  —  Source

 

November 2  Kennedy scheduled to visit Chicago; trip cancelled due to security concerns, Vallee arrested, Cubans escape (see The Chicago Plot)  —  Source

South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem and his brother, Ngo Dinh Nhu, are assassinated in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  —  Source

Lee Harvey Oswald or an imposter visits Morgan’s Gun Shop in Fort Worth, Texas and later that visits the Downtown Lincoln Mercury dealership where he test drives a car recklessly at high speed. He tells the salesman that cars are built better in Russia and that he will soon have enough money to come back and buy a car.  —  Source

 

November 4  The Secret Service is advised of the Texas trip; planning and advance work begin  —  Source

 

November 5  Lee Harvey Oswald or an imposter and Jack Ruby are seen together at the Carousel Club by Wilbur Waldon Litchfield  —  Source

 

November 6  Felipe Vidal Santiago arrives in Dallas and stays until the 11th, ostensibly to raise funds for anti-Castro activities  —  Source

 

November 7  Lee Harvey Oswald visits the Dallas FBI office and leaves a note for Agent Hosty. The content of the note is controversial and has never been verified, since Hosty destroyed the note.  —  Source

 

November 8  Lee Harvey Oswald or an imposter visits the Irving Sports Shop and has three holes drilled in a rifle to enable the mounting of a telescopic sight. The Mannlicher Carcano in evidence has only two holes drilled for the scope.  —  Source

 

November 9  Floyd Davis and Malcolm Price see Lee Harvey Oswald or an imposter getting a rifle sighted at the Sportsdrome Gun Range in Grand Prairie, Texas   —  Source

William Augustus Somersett records a conversation with Joseph Milteer in which Milteer states that Kennedy will soon be assassinated from an office building using a high-powered rifle and that someone will be framed for the murder  —  Source

 

November 10  Garland Glenwell Slack and Malcolm Price see Lee Harvey Oswald or an imposter practicing with a rifle at the Sportsdrome Gun Range in Grand Prairie, Texas  —  Source

 

November 14  The Trade Mart is selected as the site for Kennedy’s luncheon, a motorcade route is proposed by the Secret Service, DPD and local host committee  —  Source

Paul Bridewell AKA Phil Burns witnesses a meeting between Jack Ruby, JD Tippit and Bernard Weissman at the Carousel Club  —  Source

 

November 15  The Dallas Times-Herald publishes the Trade Mart as a possible location for Kennedy’s luncheon  —  Source

Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry writes that on this day he met with Secret Service Agents Winston Lawson and Forrest Sorrels regarding Kennedy’s upcoming trip to Dallas and that Lawson was the primary planner of the security arrangements. It is interesting to note that Lawson was a former Army Intelligence officer stationed at Fort Holabird, Maryland at the same time as Richard Case Nagell  —  Source

Bill DeMar and Karen Carlin see Lee Harvey Oswald or an imposter with Jack Ruby at the Carousel Club  —  Source

 

November 16  Descriptions and maps of the motorcade route begin appearing in the Dallas Morning News and the Dallas Times-Herald, with varying degrees of accuracy  —  Source

Homer and Sterling Wood see Lee Harvey Oswald or an imposter practicing with a rifle at the Sportsdrome Gun Range in Grand Prairie, Texas  —  Source

Lee Harvey Oswald or an imposter inquires about a parking attendant job at the Southland Hotel in downtown Dallas. Hubert Morrow recalls Oswald asking him how high the building is and if it commands a good view of Dallas.  —  Source

A gunshot in Dealey Plaza is reported to the Dallas Police by Mrs. Joe Baily Blackwell and her sister. Their car was hit by gunfire as they drove down Elm Street approaching the triple underpass. The police are unable to determine the source of the gunfire.  —  Source

 

November 17  FBI clerk William S. Walter in New Orleans receives an Airtel alert from FBI headquarters about a threat by a “militant revolutionary group” to assassinate President Kennedy in Dallas. Walter confirmed this under oath and stated that he immediately contacted the SAIC. The original Airtel and all known copies were destroyed by the FBI shortly after the assassination.  —  Source

 

November 18  Secret Service agents Forrest Sorrels and Winston Lawson drive the Elm Street motorcade route with members of the DPD, timing the trip; representatives of the local host committee and the White House staff are provided details about the route  —  National Archives

Elements of attempts to assassinate Kennedy in Miami and Tampa on this date; plans appear to have been abandoned  —  Source

Felipe Vidal Santiago leaves Miami by car, heading for Dallas  —  Source

 

November 19  Ralph Leon Yates…

Two Dallas Police officers on patrol near Dealey Plaza notice several men standing behind the picket fence atop the grassy knoll…

 

November 20  Red Bird Airport employee Wayne January is visited by three individuals – one of whom closely resembles Lee Harvey Oswald – inquiring about renting a plane for a trip to Mexico on November 22. During January’s interview with the FBI about this incident, he reveals that he is a frequent patron of Ruby’s Carousel Club. On November 22, after the assassination, a Red Bird tower operator is so suspicious of a certain aircraft that he repeatedly calls the FBI but the line rings busy and the call is never completed.  The plane in question sat ready for takeoff for a very long time on November 22 and departed only after news of Oswald’s capture was broadcast. Once in the air, the plane changed course and deviated from its stated flight path, turning south instead of north. The plane returned at some later time.  —  Source

 

November 21 Elements of an attempt to assassinate Kennedy in San Antonio on this date; plans appear to have been abandoned  —  Source

 

November 22  President Kennedy is assassinated on Elm Street in Dallas

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