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The flag-draped casket of President John F. Kennedy lies in state in the East Room of the White House in Washington Nov. 23, 1963. "Jackie Kennedy sent word that she wanted the East Room, where the president would lie in state, to look as it did when Lincoln's body lay there," remembers Richard Goodwin, a speechwriter and adviser to the administration. He and others went to work. Someone was sent to the Library of Congress for a sketch and a newspaper description from Lincoln's time; artists and upholsterers were called in, and black crepe was carefully hung. "In the midst of all these activities we would alternately break down in tears," Goodwin says. (AP Photo)