He was happy on the night before he died.

He was peeved over reports that Israel was developing nuclear weapons, his re-election campaign was just gearing up and a decision on America's future involvement in Vietnam hung in the balance. But the president was downright giddy about his trip to Texas, said Charlie Bartlett.

And Bartlett knew this because President John F. Kennedy told him at 9:30 p.m. Nov. 21, 1963, just hours before the 35th president was gunned down in Dallas. He told Bartlett a lot of things over their years of friendship, details that have found their way into history books, documentaries and the National Archives.

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