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10 Most Infamous Stains in History


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Fearsome Fashion
Jackie Kennedy's suit, which she was still wearing when Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as president, can't be publicly displayed until at least 2063. © Bettmann/CORBIS
Jackie Kennedy's suit, which she was still wearing when Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as president, can't be publicly displayed until at least 2063. © Bettmann/CORBIS

On Nov. 22, 1963, the United States reeled in horror as President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. The crime was caught on video, graphically displaying the president as he was shot, with his wife Jackie frantically scrambling to cover his body with her own.

In the process, Jackie's pink Chanel suit was stained with John's blood. The wool suit, which had navy blue trim and a matching hat, almost immediately became a symbol of an age of innocence and idealism wrecked by a murderer's gun. It became the most infamous article of clothing in American history.

In the aftermath of the shooting, Jackie refused to remove the garment. She wore it two hours later as Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the new president. To the people who tried to convince her to change her clothes, she said, "Let them see what they've done." So she wore it the rest of the day and night, until the next morning.

The suit is now preserved in an undisclosed location and can't be publicly displayed until at least 2063, a full century after JFK's death.


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