Jack Ruby

Assassin

Born: 1911
Died: 3 January 1967 (lung cancer)
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Best known as: Assassin of Lee Harvey Oswald

Name at birth: Jacob Rubenstein

 

Jack Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald, accused assassin of president John F. Kennedy, on 24 November 1963. Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner with several minor arrests on his police record, fired his handgun as Oswald was being transferred in the basement garage of Dallas police headquarters; the killing was broadcast on live TV. Ruby was arrested, tried, and sent to prison; he died there of cancer in 1967.

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According to the Warren Commission report, Ruby's precise birthdate is unknown; Ruby himself most often gave 25 March 1911 as the date.

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