Lee Harvey Oswald


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Jun 3, 2003
18 Oct 1939
Lee Harvey Oswald born to Marguerite Claverie Oswald and the late Robert E. Lee Oswald, New Orleans LA.

Mother, Marguerite Oswald marries Edwin Ekdahl.

Family moves to New York City.

3 Oct 1956
Writes a letter to Socialist Party of America: "Dear Sirs; I am sixteen years of age and would like more information about your youth League, I would like to know if there is a branch in my area, how to join, ect., [sic] I am a Marxist, and have been studying socialist principles for well over fifteen months[.] I am very interested in your Y.P.S.L. Sincerely. Lee Oswald."

Oct 1959
At the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, announces intention to defect to Soviet Union.

10 Apr 1963
Fires a shot into the residence of U.S. Army Major General Edwin A. Walker (resigned), misses.

22 Nov 1963
President John F. Kennedy is assassinated at Dealey Plaza, Dallas TX. Lee Harvey Oswald captured hours later.

24 Nov 1963
Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated by Jack Ruby. The murder happens to be broadcast live on national TV.

FBI report (suBathmateitted by Sturgis) that Frank Sturgis engaged in a "fistfight" with Lee Harvey Oswald in Miami. Investigator Bob Smith of the private group "Committee to Investigate Assassinations" uncovers this report in Fall 1972.

21 Feb 1964
Photo of Oswald holding gun and newspaper appears on the cover of LIFE magazine.

The House Select Committee on Assassinations obtains from George de Mohrenschildt's effects, a signed photograph of Lee Harvey Oswald inscribed "To my friend George from Lee Oswald 5/IV/63" and "Copyright G de M". It is a copy of the famous photograph of Oswald with the rifle and newspapers, which we now know was taken by de Mohrenschildt.