On This Day, June 5, 1968 – Robert Kennedy Mortally Wounded in Los Angeles

1968 – Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot several times by the 22-year-old Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after winning the California presidential primary. Kennedy died a day later. The summer of 1968 was a tempestuous time in American history and Kennedy was perceived by many to be the only person in American politics capable of uniting the people, being beloved by the minority community for his integrity and devotion to the civil rights cause. After winning California’s primary, Kennedy was in the position to receive the Democratic nomination and face off against Richard Nixon in the general election. As star athletes Rafer Johnson and Roosevelt Grier accompanied Kennedy out a rear exit of the Ambassador Hotel, Sirhan Sirhan stepped forward with a rolled up campaign poster, hiding his .22 revolver and was only a foot away when he fired. Grier and Johnson wrestled Sirhan to the ground,...

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