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Cropping of the Polaroid photograph of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, taken an estimated one-sixth of a second after the fatal head shot.

Date 22 November 1963
Source Public domain
Author Mary Moorman (Mary Krahmer)
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Work in public domain; copyright expired in 1991 without renewal. First published on 24 November 1963.

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