The night before he was assassinated, President John F. Kennedy stopped at the Rice Hotel in Houston to meet with local Hispanic leaders and to deliver a short speech. The president's appearance around 9 p.m. on Nov. 21, 1963, was captured by a home movie camera, and now that footage has been made public for the first time.
Roy Botello shot the 8mm film and then kept it in a drawer for 47 years, according to ABC News. Last year he donated it to the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, an institution in Dallas dedicated to the JFK assassination. The museum restored the footage and has made it available online.
The silent film captured Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy greeting dignitaries and speaking into a microphone on a podium. At one point the president is seen grinning as a mariachi band plays behind him.
"Everybody went nuts. It was so loud," Botello told Houston's KHOU-TV. "One time I was taking the video, somebody knocked me down."
Botello, now 88, shot the color home movie from his seat in the front row.
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