[Daily article] December 13: Ike Altgens

Ike Altgens (April 28, 1919 – December 12, 1995) was an American
photojournalist, photo editor and field reporter for the Associated
Press (AP) who took two photographs that circulated worldwide after the
assassination of President John F. Kennedy (JFK). Altgens was 19 when he
began his AP career, which was interrupted by military service during
World War II. When his service time ended, he returned to Dallas, Texas,
got married, and went back to work for the local AP bureau, eventually
earning a position as a senior editor. He was on assignment for the AP
when he captured two historic images on November 22, 1963. The second
photo, showing First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy toward the rear of the
presidential limousine and Secret Service agent Clint Hill on its
bumper, was reproduced on the front pages of newspapers around the
world. Within days, Altgens’ preceding photo became controversial after
people began to question whether it showed accused assassin Lee Harvey
Oswald in the main doorway of the Texas School Book Depository as the
gunshots were fired at JFK.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Sir Francis Drake left Plymouth, England, with five ships and
164 men on his round-the-world voyage.


American Civil War: Union forces under Maj. Gen. Ambrose
Burnside suffered severe casualties against entrenched Confederate
defenders at the Battle of Fredericksburg in Fredericksburg, Virginia.


With Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie out of the country,
four conspirators staged a coup attempt and installed Crown Prince Asfaw
Wossen as the new Emperor.


The Troubles: The Provisional Irish Republican Army engaged in
a fierce firefight with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers at a vehicle
checkpoint complex in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.


The baiji, a freshwater dolphin found only in the Yangtze River
in China, was announced as functionally extinct by leaders of the
Yangtze Freshwater Dolphin Expedition.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. To increase the liveliness of a horse by inserting an irritant, such as
a piece of peeled raw ginger or a live eel, in its fundament.
2. (obsolete) To beat or whip; to drive.
3. (obsolete) To subject to some harmful scheme; to ‘do in’. […]

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  There are those… who enter the world in such poverty that they
are deprived of both the means and the motivation to improve their lot.
Unless these unfortunates can be touched with the spark which ignites
the spirit of individual enterprise and determination, they will only
sink back into renewed apathy, degradation and despair. It is for us,
who are more fortunate, to provide that spark.  
–Aga Khan IV

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