Covering Chaos

All Exhibits

Timeline of News Events: 3:00-4:35 PM

3:00 p.m.

NBC—The network airs the first footage of the motorcade.

3:15 p.m.

Dallas Times Herald—The final four-star edition is released.

3:23 p.m.

ABC/CBS/NBC—All three networks identify Lee Harvey Oswald as the suspect.

ABC—A description of Lee Harvey Oswald is reported to viewers.

Dallas Times Herald—Darwin Payne goes to Oswald's room at his boarding house to further investigate the story

Fort Worth Star Telegram—Bob Schieffer takes a call from Lee Harvey Oswald's mother, Marguerite.

3:35 p.m.

WFAA—The station airs footage of the motorcade as it traveled through Dallas airs.

3:40 p.m.

WFAA—An AP wire service photo of the hearse is shown on air.

3:41 p.m.

WFAA—News of President Johnson’s swearing in is reported.

4:10 p.m.

WFAA—Arrest footage of Lee Harvey Oswald airs.

Photograph of Dallas Police Lieutenant Carl Day pointing to rifle location
William Allen, Dallas Times Herald Collection
4:18 p.m.

WFAA—Tom Alyea's footage, shot just after 1:00 p.m. at the Texas School Book Depository, is broadcast.

4:35 p.m.

ABC—Information is released that authorities are questioning a suspect, Lee Harvey Oswald.

CBS—Harry Reasoner discusses how the day will be remembered.