Today I must memorialize one of the most astonishing days of modern history in terms of famous death. On the same day--Nov. 22, 1963--within hours of each other, beloved professor and Christian author C. S. Lewis, American president John F. Kennedy, and author Aldous Huxley (who wrote "Brave New World") died within hours of each other: C. S. Lewis first at 11:38am Central Time, JFK at 12:30pm Central Time, and Huxley that evening at 7:20pm Central Time.
I recently had a chance to see, in-person, the presidential limousine that carried JFK when he was shot on that fateful day. I saw it at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit, and I made a video of it:
The amazing coincidence of the three famous figures dying on the same day inspired a book by philosopher Peter Kreeft:
In 1982, philosopher Peter Kreeft wrote an imaginative after-death dialogue between Lewis (an ancient Western theist), Kennedy (a modern Western humanist), and Huxley (an ancient Eastern pantheist). He entitled it, Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis & Aldous Huxley. Trevin Wax has a good summary of the book with excerpts.
In addition, an excellent article about that fateful day--11/22/63--can be found here: The Death of Narnia, Camelot, and The Brave New World: A Timeline of 11.22.63. This article is where I got my information for the timeframe above.
Are you a fan of C. S. Lewis? See my new book Shadowlands and Songs of Light: An Epic Journey into Joy and Healing which explores excerpts from 18 C. S. Lewis books and songwriting critique of songs from 13 albums by the Irish rock back U2 to answer one question: how do we experience our joy in Christ--not just theorize or talk about it--during times of sorrow?