welcome to al jazeera america. i'm del walters. these are the stories we are following for you. >> as on earth the united states is second to none. all men should dream dreams, your young men shall see vision the bible tells us. >> a day of remembrance, looking back at the life and leggy of president john f. kennedy. and the death toll rises as a roof collapses on a supermarket in latvia. and big news coming out the
airline industry. it could effect your right to a quiet flight. ♪ today the nation pauses to remember one of its darkest days in history. 50 years ago today president john f. kennedy was assassinated. a half a century later, people still mourn his death. this is where jfk is buried. and dallas is going to be holder a memorial dealey plaza. heidi zhou castro is there. >> dell, actually 14,000 people applied to be here today in audience is. of those only 5,000 won the
ticket through a random lottery, and as you can see from the crowd, this rain and this bad weather is not keeping people at home. the flags are already at half staff for the nation's 35th president, who's death many americans still see as a mystery. a recent gallup poll found that 63% of americans do not believe that lee harvey oswald acted alone. before lee harvey oswald could be tried, he was killed on live television. [ gunfire ] >> shot by jack ruby, a dallas nightclub owner. thus the scene was set for 50 years of suspicions and nagging questions. how could as oswald a withdrawn loaner be responsible for
killing the most powerful man in the world? >> there was certainly a ambition on the part of the younger lawyers to find a spon sirsy. >> howard was one of those young lawyers investing jfk's death. the conclusion they reached, that oswald acted alone. >> obviously the commission was not flawless, and the members of the staff were not perfect, but everyone put their energies holy into the project. they had a determination to find out the truth. >> reporter: an important part of the investigation was this famous home movie, shot by a bystander. the commission examined it frame by frame determining both bullets that hit kennedy came from the back. subsequent government
investigations agree that those shots came from the 6th floor window of the depository where oswald worked. however, it was concluded this oswald may have had a partner. the government investigated for nine more years before officially closing the case. conflicting conclusions have left the door open for thousands of dobooks arguing for alternat explanations. jerome has made a career out of conspiracy theories. he questions whether airplanes really brought down the towers on 9/11. his latest book focuses on kennedy assassination. >> well, the warren report, i believe was created not to find the truth, but it was designed
to convict lee harvey oswald. >> reporter: kennedy was opposed to deeper u.s. involvement in the vietnam war. >> of course aloud those in the cia who wanted to go ahead with their plans on wars like vietnam, to kill kennedy and replace him with lyndon johnson who was more than happy to might wars. >> these were men who had no personal interest in doing anything other than finding out the truth. >> reporter: yet 50 years later conspiracy theories continue to breathe. they are the legacy of a murder that shook the world. heidi zhou castro, al jazeera. >> now the city of dallas intends for today's ceremony to
be solemn. and a group of protesters are planning to hold a demonstration at another event. they tried to disturn some rehearsals with their chants. obviously a lot of unanswered questions still abound. >> and heidi this has been a tough day for the city of dallas. for years it was known as the city of hate. have they reconciled their history? >> that has been a really tough for dallas as you mentioned dell, because over the last 50 years, especially for the first few decades, dallas struggled with that dark reputation that it earned. but time after time they have been trying to shed their reputation. first by establishing the sixth floor museum, and finally coming full circle with this ceremony today which they are putting a
lot of steak in, knowing the nation and the world will continue to look at dallas. heidi thank you very much. organizers are expecting so many people to come to dealey plaza that video screens have been set up around the city. mark snyder is live right now at a park in dallas. mark what is the mood where you are? ♪ >> del, people i have talked to today are pleased the city is doing this. this is a powerful, extraordinary day in the city's history. you were asking heidi about the city of hate reference. i talked to a woman a little bit ago, and she said she still has family that won't come down here to see her because kennedy was assassinated here. i talked to another gentlemen who lived in dallas for a while, and he said he is pleased the focus is on kennedy's legacy and not his death.
>> being in dallas for ten years, and it has sort of come to terms with that past. a tricky thing to get right, and i think they are doing as good of job as could be expected of trying to find that right balance. >> all right. and back here live, let me show you at annette starws park, they are showing videos, and there is room for more than a thousand, but with wind chills in the 20s, that could have an impact on the number of people that show up here. >> mark there is one of several places where people are gathering, correct? >> yeah, there are three other places. there was so much demand for those 5,000 tickets the city knew they were going to have to do something, so within about a
mile of dealey plaza, they have screens and speakers set up like this. >> mark, thank you very much. david nasa is the author of "the patriot." those who are not students of history may not realize this is the incredible story of a family that begins with joe kennedy. >> it is the story of the beginning of a dynasty, not just one man, we think of a president, attorney general, the longest-serving senator in the united states, the founder of the disability right's movement, the ambassador to ireland. >> and joe kennedy was not only a visionary but also with regard to the emerging new media. he made sure the nannies were equipped with cameras so everything could be captured on film. in fact many of those iconic
images we see today are because of joe kennedy. >> joe kennedy knew his children had to know how to look into a camera, or look through a camera to the american people behind it. he brought them up before there was television, on news reel cameras. and they learned how to talk to the news reel cameras. he equipped their nannies with home video cameras, and as they grew up they always had one to take pictures of their brothers and sisters. >> they were born of privilege. >> they were absolutely born of privilege, and their father made it clear to them over and over and over again that it is your responsibility because you are born of privilege to aid those who don't have privileges. you have the besz -- best
educations, you never have to work, but that means that you have a responsibility to those who need help. >> there is a tendency among people who look back on history through rose-colored glasses to believe that the rise of john f. kennedy was easy, and yet there was an anti catholic bigry he had to overcome. >> absolutely. when kennedy was elected in 1960, he has president gets 5% fewer democratic votes than congressional democrats. congressional democrats win in a landslide. 54.7% of the vote. kennedy gets 49.8% of the vote. 5% of democratic voters would not vote for an irish catholic. >> the race between kennedy and nixon is almost compared to bush v gore of current times.
>> yeah, the closest race in which the president wins the popular vote and the electoral vote, the closest race this country has ever seen. >> of all of the things you have found out, what is the one thing that stands out most in your mind about the kennedy legacy? >> i think what stands out is the way in which a very, very, very rich man said to his children, i have made enough money. there is no morality or ethics in make more. we don't need it, take my money and do good in the world. >> would it happen again? >> one would hope so. >> but it has -- hasn't? >> no, it hasn't. someone always goes off of the road and detours from public service, but the kenendys have
not. >> you have made enough money, no go serve. >> yeah. wouldn't that be wonderful. >> like i said a massive book, thank you for being here. >> my pleasure. up next we have less than a week to go until thanksgiving and a major nor'easter could be developing. >> that's right. this could have major impacts across the southeast and up the mid-atlantic to the northeast, and this will be wednesday and thursday. we'll have a leek at that, plus the freezing rain happening now coming up in the national forecast when al jazeera returns. in fact, we depend on you, your ideas, your concerns. >> all these folks are making a whole lot of money. >> you are one of the voices of this show. >> i think you've offended everyone with that kathy. >> hold on, there's some room to offend people, i'm here. >> we have a right to know what's in our food and monsanto do not have the right to hide it
in the history of the philippines. many of the dead have been buried in mass graves. aid, though, continue to pour in from around the world. many of you may be hitting the road for thanks giving, but the weather could put a crimp in your plans. >> yeah, a lot can change here, but right now it looks like we'll get a big impact from this storm next wednesday and thursday. impacts from that freezing rain, you see the pink color, that is rain before it hits the ground, that can make it very slippery on the roadways. you have the oklahoma city lubbock, in this entire area you could see a mix of rain to freezing rain. there's some warmer weather across the northeast, mild
enough where the temperatures are warm and we have the rain coming down in new york city, 52 in washington. here is that cold arctic air that will continue to push off to the east, saturday and sunday, and with this old air in place, we'll watch how that storm develops and it could have impacts from the southeast to mid-atlantic by thursday next week with travel troubles. dell? >> dave warren thank you very much. in geneva russian's foreign minister is headed to the region. the iranians meeting with eu representatives this morning. they say progress is being made. one major sticking point, what iran calls its right to nuclear enrichment. afghan tribal leaders are looking at a deal with the united states that would keep
troops there until 2024. karzai says he wants his successor to sign the deal. the u.s. says it needs an agreement as soon as possible. in latvia, rescuers are search for survivors after the roof of a supermarket collapsed. it happened in the capitol ofry ga. latvia's government has declared three days of warning. traveling in the friendly skies could get louder. the government says it will rethink its ban on the use of cell phones on planes. the proposal would allow calls once a plane reaches 10,000 feet, but they still would be forbidden during takeover and landing. in business news today, the dow rising after that 16,000
mark on wall street november 22nd, 1963, traders got the news that president kennedy had been shot from the vice chair of the new york stock exchange. the new york stock exchange ended the day at 2:07 eastern time. today the dow trading pretty flat most of the day. you can see it is still high, up 21 points. investors holding back with no big economic or corporate news to drive any investor sentedment. it looks like a throwback could be the holiday toy for kid d -- kids this year. topping the list, barbies for girls and legos for boys. nike is telling its
shareholders the company is going to just do it again. it is raising his stock dividend for the 12th straight year. investors will now get $0.24 each quarter. nike became a dow component earlier this year. sewny is is cutting back on movies to concentrate on tv. makers of such films such as captain phillips here. 50 years after the death of jfk we'll tell you how dallas is trying to redefine the world view of its city. >> i was a freshman lawsuit at the university of texas in austin, i was having lunch at a mexico restaurant. the waiter said the president has been shot. we ran out and listened to the radio, and the rest is history.
welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm del walters. here are today's headlines. russian foreign minister is on his way to geneva to join six other world powers on talks about iran's nuclear program. typhoon haiyan now the deadliest natural d&asker in the history of the philippines. the death toll has now jumped to more than 5,000 people. another 1600 are said to be missing. an evacuation center in tacloban has been stretched to the limit. the government says it wants to build temporary bunk houses for more. >> reporter: even within the low-lying coastal city of tacloban, some areas were hit
harder than most. houses made largely of wood right next to the sea simply splintered and washed away. some are rebuilding to start again. people say they would move somewhere safer if the government provided it, but there's no sign of that just yet. >> translator: i like it here, i want to stay because there is work here. and the market is nearby. >> reporter: some of the larger concrete structures have survived, others were simply washed away. >> i never thought, never in my dreams that in second no more. it's gone. >> reporter: the climate change projected to power more intense typhoons in the future, the philippine's government is engaged in a nationwide effort to move people away from the
areas most at risk. it is understandable people are just trying to rebuild, but the government is worried that the longer they do so, the harder it will be long term to get them to live somewhere safer. thousands are still in evacuation shelters. the government is promising to build temporary bunk houses for them. >> they have to build the houses first. so we're working with them to do that. they have identified tracks of langd where we can do that. but it is going to be difficult to convince these people not to go back. >> reporter: tacloban streets are slowly but surely coming back to life. more people trading, and more talking about the future. the people gradually adapting to life after this supertyphoon. the question is whether they will be safer when or if the
next storm hits. as we have been reporting, this day 50 years ago marked a dark chapter in american history, the people of dallas were forever changed by the assassination of a president in their city. and marred the representation of dallas, texas for years to come. the city is now trying to reclaim it's a name. >> reporter: in a place once known as a city of hate, messages of love. across dallas in 65 locations an attempt to escape the shadow of one of america's darkest days. school children, amateur artists, even prisoners, more than 20,000 in total asked to contribute, to redefine the world view of a place. >> the connection between the kennedy assassination and dallas will never be erased. we intend to change that narrative a little bit, so that in the scope of talking about
that, the world knows within dallas there were thousands and thousands and thousands of people who believe that love and compassion thriver here. >> reporter: now they are trying to make dealey plaza look more like 1963. for so long this city tried to ignore, to forget the day john f. kennedy came to down, and the dream, an ideal, a hope was ended. at one point the city discussed knocking down the building where lee harvey oswald took position and hired now a museum lets people learn about the events of exactly 50 years ago, and the stain it left. >> this is an important moment for the city of dallas. it's an opportunity for the city to share with the world
its -- its respect of president kennedy, and it's need to memorialize this tragic event. >> reporter: in 1963 dallas was strongly conservative and deeply religious, and many were angry at the young president. >> this growth just naturally changed the way the -- the city is. huge influx in terms of immigration into dallas, a change in culture, a change in its politics. it used to be a totally republican city, totally republican county, now it's basically a totally democratic lead county. >> reporter: for many the assassination defined a generation. dallas is determined it won't define a city. alan fisher, al jazeera, dallas, texas. thank you for watching al jazeera. i'm del walters. stay tuned for special coverage
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welcome back to a special edition of al jazeera america. i'm del walters. remembering john f. kennedy 50 years later. >> president kennedy has been assassinated. it's official now. the president is dead. >> a half century later the nation pauses to remember one of its darkest hours. the death of a beloved president. it is the first official ceremony to mark the event in dallas. the memorial set to coincide with the time and day that kennedy's motorcade t