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Timeline of the Life of Lee Harvey Oswald
By W. Tracy Parnell
October 18, 1939: LHO is born.
October 31, 1945: LHO enters his first school, Benbrook Elementary.
February 8, 1946: LHO enters Harris Hospital in Fort Worth for a
July, 1952: Robert joins the Marine Corps.
August, 1952: Marguerite and LHO go to New York City and move in with
John, now married, and his family on E. 92nd Street.
August, 1952: LHO threatens Mrs. Pic with a pocket knife, and the Oswalds
are asked to leave.
September, 1952: The Oswalds move to Sheridan Avenue in the Bronx, and LHO
enters P.S. 117, where he is frequently absent from classes. Marguerite is
employed by Learner's Dress Shop.
January, 1953: The Oswalds move to East 179th Street. Truancy hearings are
held regarding LHO's absences.
March 12, 1953: A petition is filed by LHO's attendance officer.
April 16, 1953: LHO is declared a truant and remanded to Youth House where he
receives a psychological evaluation.
May 7, 1953: After being released from Youth House, LHO returns to court and is placed
May 10, 1953 (presumed): LHO receives a handout about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
that begins his interest in Marxism.
September, 1953: Parole is extended in LHO’s truancy case until October 29th.
October, 1953: Parole is extended until November 19th.
November 19, 1953: The Oswalds appear in court, and parole is continued until January
March 11, 1954: The court case against LHO is dismissed.
September, 1954: LHO enters the ninth grade at Beauregard.
October, 1954: LHO takes a series of achievement tests in which he scores well in
reading and vocabulary and poorly in math.
June 2, 1955: LHO fills out a personal history on which he indicates his future career
choices as "Military" and "Undecided".
July 27, 1955: LHO joins the Civil Air Patrol where he probably meets Captain David
October 10, 1955: LHO drops out of school.
October, 1955: LHO tries to enlist in the Marines but is denied.
September, 1956: LHO enrolls at Arlington Heights High School.
September 28, 1956: LHO drops out.
October 3, 1956: LHO contacts the Socialist Party of America.
October 24, 1956: LHO enlists in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17.
October 26, 1956: LHO reports for duty in San Diego.
October 30, 1956: LHO takes a series of aptitude tests in which he scores 2 points below
December 21, 1956: LHO scores a 212 (Sharpshooter) on a marksmanship test.
May 3, 1957: LHO is given a "Confidential" security clearance.
April 11, 1958: LHO is court-martialed for the first time for illegal possession of a firearm.
June 27, 1958: LHO is court-martialed for the second time for assaulting a superior and
sentenced to the brig.
August 13, 1958: LHO is released from confinement.
September, 1958: LHO's unit arrives in Taiwan, where he suffers a nervous breakdown
and is sent back to Japan.
October 31, 1958: LHO receives his last overseas rating, a 4.0.
February 25, 1959: LHO requests a foreign language test in Russian and scores "poor".
February 25, 1959: LHO requests a foreign language test in Russian and scores "poor".
August 17, 1959: LHO requests a dependency discharge because of an injury sustained
by his mother.
September 4, 1959: LHO applies for a passport.
September 10, 1959: The passport is issued.
September 11, 1959: LHO is released from active duty in the Marine Corps.
September 14, 1959: LHO arrives in Fort Worth.
September 15, 1959: LHO visits Robert and his family.
September 17, 1959: LHO travels to New Orleans to make travel arrangements for his trip
to Russia. That night, he stays at the Liberty Hotel.
September 20, 1959: LHO departs the United States with the Soviet Union as his final
October 12, 1959: LHO applies for a visa at the Russian consulate.
October 14, 1959: The visa is issued.
October 15, 1959: LHO leaves Helsinki by train.
October 16, 1959: LHO arrives in Moscow, registers at the Hotel Berlin, and meets his
Intourist guide Rima Shirokova.
October 31, 1959: LHO meets Second Secretary Richard E. Snyder and attempts to
renounce his U.S. citizenship. Snyder puts him off for the time being.
November 3, 1959: A letter from LHO arrives at the American Embassy requesting his
citizenship be revoked.
November 9, 1959: The Embassy tries unsuccessfully to deliver a letter from John Pic to
December 17, 1959: Robert receives a letter from LHO asking for no further
January 4, 1960: LHO is told he is being sent to Minsk.
January 7, 1960: LHO arrives in Minsk, where he checks in at the Hotel Minsk. He meets
Roza Kuznetsova, who befriends him.
January 13, 1960: LHO begins work at the Belorussian Radio and Television Factory.
June 18, 1960: LHO obtains a hunting license and shortly afterward buys a shotgun.
September 13, 1960: LHO is given an "undesirable discharge" from the Marine Corps.
January 4, 1961: LHO rejects Soviet citizenship, but asks that his residence permit be
extended. In his diary, he confides thoughts of leaving Russia for the first time.
February 13, 1961: The American Embassy in Moscow is notified by LHO that he wants
to return to the United States.
April 20, 1961: Marina accepts LHO's marriage proposal.
May 25, 1961: LHO notifies the Embassy that he has married, and his wife would like to
accompany him to the U.S.
October 4, 1961: LHO writes the Embassy requesting the U.S. Government intervene in
December, 1961: LHO writes Texas Senator John Tower, asking for his help with the exit
December 25, 1961: Marina is called to the passport office and told that she and LHO will
be granted exit visas.
January 5, 1962: LHO writes to the Embassy asking for a loan from the U.S. Government.
January 13, 1962: LHO writes to the International Rescue Committee asking for $800.
January 15, 1962: The Embassy tells LHO it needs proof that Marina will not become a
ward of the state.
January 26, 1962: LHO writes to the International Rescue Committee again asking for
January 30, 1962: LHO learns of his "Undesirable" discharge, which is incorrectly
reported by his mother to be "Dishonorable".
January 30, 1962: He writes John Connally, former Secretary of the Navy, asking for help
reversing the discharge.
February 1, 1962: LHO writes his mother rejecting her suggestion regarding raising
money through a newspaper appeal.
June1, 1962: LHO signs a promissory note for $435.71, and the Oswalds leave for
June 13, 1962: The Oswalds arrive in Hoboken, NJ.
June 14, 1962: They leave by plane for Fort Worth.
Return to America
June 14, 1962: The Oswalds arrive in Fort Worth, where they move in with Robert.
June 18, 1962: LHO asks stenographer Pauline Bates to type a manuscript that he had
written in Russia.
June 19, 1962: LHO contacts Peter Gregory, who gives him a letter testifying to LHO's
Russian language ability.
June 26, 1962: LHO is interviewed by the FBI for the first time.
August 16, 1962: The FBI interviews LHO a second time.
September, 1962: The Oswalds meet George De Mohrenschildt and his wife.
October 9, 1962: LHO visits the Texas Employment Commission in Dallas where he
scores well on aptitude tests. He also rents a PO Box under his own name at the main
November 5, 1962: The Oswalds have a violent argument, and Marina and June move in
with their friends, the Mellers.
November 10, 1962: Marina and June move to the home of the Fords.
November 22, 1962: On Thanksgiving Day, the Oswalds visit Robert's home, where LHO
and John Pic are reunited after 10 years.
January 25, 1963: LHO makes the final two payments on the State Department loan.
January 28, 1962: LHO orders a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver by mail.
February 13, 1963: The Oswalds attend a dinner party at the home of the De
March 9-10, 1963: LHO takes photographs of the home of General Edwin Walker, a right-
March 11, 1963: The Militant, a prominent left-wing publication, publishes a letter signed
L.H., probably written by LHO.
March 12, 1963: Ruth Paine visits Marina at the new apartment. Also that day, LHO
orders a rifle from Klein's Sporting Goods in Chicago.
March 20, 1963: The rifle and the revolver are shipped.
March 25, 1963: LHO picks up the weapons.
March 31, 1963: Marina takes the infamous "Backyard Photos" of LHO.
April 2, 1963: The Oswalds attend a dinner party at the home of Ruth and Michael Paine,
where General Walker is mentioned.
April 10, 1963: LHO (according to evidence discovered later) fires a single shot at General
Walker, which misses him.
April 14, 1963: LHO retrieves the rifle which he had hidden near the shooting site.
April 17, 1963: LHO decides to move to New Orleans.
April 26, 1963: LHO visits the employment office in New Orleans.
April 28, 1963: LHO makes an effort to contact relatives on his father's side.
April 29, 1963: LHO files an appeal concerning his unemployment benefits.
May 26, 1963: LHO writes to the Fair Play for Cuba Committee requesting a charter.
May 29, 1963: LHO orders 1,000 handbills for FPCC.
June 16, 1963: LHO distributes FPCC literature at the Dumaine Street wharf where the
U.S.S. Wasp is docked.
July 6, 1963: LHO is invited by his cousin Eugene to speak to a group of students at the
Jesuit House of Studies in Mobile, Alabama, where Eugene is studying to be a priest.
July 25, 1963: LHO's request for a review of his undesirable discharge is denied.
July 27, 1963: LHO speaks to the Jesuit group for 30 minutes on the subject of
"Contemporary Russia and the Practice of Communism".
August 5, 1963: LHO offers to help anti-Castro Cuban Carlos Bringuier in his struggle
August 6, 1963: He leaves his Marine Corps manual at Bringuier's store.
August 9, 1963: Bringuier confronts LHO when he sees him distributing FPCC literature
on Canal Street. A scuffle ensues, and the two are arrested. LHO spends the night in jail.
August 10, 1963: LHO is interviewed by John Quigley of the FBI at LHO's request. A
friend of the Murrets bails him out late in the afternoon.
August 12, 1963: LHO pleads guilty to the charge of disturbing the peace and is fined
August 17, 1963: Bill Stuckey from radio station WDSU visits LHO and asks him to
appear on the program Latin Listening Post. He arrived at the station at 5:00 PM and
taped a 37-minute segment, which was cut to 4 and a half minutes and broadcast at 7:30
August 19, 1963: LHO accepts Stuckey's offer to debate Bringuier on a live radio
August 21, 1963: LHO debates Bringuier and Ed Butler, director of a right-wing group, on
the program Conversation Carte Blanche, which runs from 6:05 to 6:30 PM.
September 17, 1963: LHO obtains a tourist card good for one visit to Mexico City from the
Mexican consulate in New Orleans.
September 20, 1963: Ruth visits the Oswalds, and it is decided that Marina will return to
Irving with Ruth for the birth of the baby.
September 23, 1963: Ruth and Marina leave for Irving.
September 24, 1963: Eric Rogers, a neighbor, sees LHO running to catch a bus.
September 25, 1963: LHO collects his unemployment check of $33. Later, he catches a
bus bound for Houston. Late that night, he places a phone call to Horace Twiford, an
official of the Texas Socialist Labor Party.