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Old 06-05-2003, 06:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This day in History June 5, 1968 Robert F. Kennedy shot

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<a target=new href=" http://www.historychannel.com/tdih/today/0605.html "><b>1968 Robert F. Kennedy shot</b></a>

At 12:50 a.m. PDT, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, a presidential candidate, is shot three times in a hail of gunfire in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Five others were wounded. The senator had just completed a speech celebrating his victory in the California presidential primary. The shooter, Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan, had a smoking .22 revolver wrested from his grip and was promptly arrested. Kennedy, critically wounded, was rushed to the hospital, where he fought for his life for the next 24 hours. On the morning of June 6, he died. He was 42 years old. On June 8, Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, also the final resting place of his assassinated older brother, President John F. Kennedy.

Robert Kennedy, born in Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1925, interrupted his studies at Harvard University to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was legal counsel for various Senate subcommittees during the 1950s and in 1960 served as the manager of his brother's successful presidential campaign. Appointed attorney general by President Kennedy, he proved a vigorous member of the cabinet, zealously prosecuting cases relating to civil rights while closely advising the president on domestic and foreign issues. After Kennedy's assassination in 1963, he joined President Lyndon B. Johnson's administration but resigned in 1964 to run successfully in New York for a Senate seat. Known in Congress as an advocate of social reform and defender of the rights of minorities, he also voiced criticism of the war in Vietnam.

In 1968, he was urged by many of his supporters to run for president as an anti-war and socially progressive Democratic. Hesitant until he saw positive primary returns for fellow anti-war candidate Eugene McCarthy, he announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on March 16, 1968. Fifteen days later, President Johnson announced that he would not seek reelection, and Vice President Hubert Humphrey became the key Democratic hopeful, with McCarthy and Kennedy trailing closely behind. Kennedy conducted an energetic campaign and on June 4, 1968, won a major victory in the California primary. He had won five out of six primaries and seemed a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination and, some thought, the presidency.

Shortly after midnight, he gave a victory speech to his supporters in the Ambassador Hotel and then, while making his way to a press conference by a side exit, was fatally wounded by Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan. Sirhan was arrested at the scene and indicted for first-degree murder. A mentally unstable drifter, his motives in killing Kennedy have never been clear. Some journalists have alleged that Sirhan was part of a larger assassination conspiracy, supposedly brought on by Kennedy's promise to end the Vietnam War if elected president. These conspiracists cite forensic evidence and witness testimony that they say proves the existence of additional shooters who were not detained.

In 1969, Sirhan Sirhan was convicted and sentenced to die. In 1972, his death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment when the California Supreme Court abolished the death penalty. Since 1983, he has repeatedly been denied parole by prison officials who consider him a serious threat to public safety.

He gets two links on the History Channel Website - <a target=new href="http://www.historychannel.com/tdih/crime.html"><b>1968 Bobby Kennedy is assassinated</b></a>

<a target=new href="http://www.historychannel.com/tdih/"><b>1963 - Profumo Resigns in sex scandel</b></a>-
On June 5, 1963, British Secretary of War John Profumo resigns his post following revelations that he had lied to the House of Commons about his sexual affair with Christine Keeler, an alleged prostitute…

<a target=new href="http://www.historychannel.com/tdih/today/0605.html"><b>1967 Six-Day War begins</b></a> -
Israel responds to an ominous build-up of Arab forces along its borders by launching simultaneous attacks against Egypt and Syria. Jordan subsequently entered the fray, but the Arab coalition was no match for Israel's proficient armed forces…

<a target=new href="http://www.historychannel.com/tdih/wwii.html"><b> 1944 Allies prepare for D-Day </b></a> - On this day in 1944, more than 1,000 British bombers drop 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries placed at the Normandy assault area, while 3,000 Allied ships cross the English Channel in preparation for the invasion of Normandy-D-Day….

<a target=new href="http://www.historychannel.com/tdih/coldwar.html"><b>1947 George Marshall calls for aid to Europe</b></a> - Marshall declared, "Our policy is directed not against any country or doctrine but against hunger, poverty, desperation, and chaos." In a thinly veiled reference to the communist threat, he promised "governments, political parties, or groups which seek to perpetuate human misery in order to profit therefrom politically or otherwise will encounter the opposition of the United States." MORE!
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Old 06-05-2003, 07:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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http://www.historychannel.com/tdih/today/0605.html

Six Day War my foot. Arabs and Israelis are looking closer to a Six Decade War. This link is very relevant, unfortunately.

It's amazing how history culminates. I enjoyed this short passage, thanks.
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Old 06-05-2003, 07:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 06-05-2003, 11:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah, it was a sad day. Although I don't post any replies to your threads, Mr. Mojo, your daily threads allow me to better myself in conversations with others - at the workplace and in the street. It's cool, people actually think I'm smart. Thank you. Oh, you do get credit for your info. Thank you again.
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Old 06-06-2003, 06:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I remember coming home from school and learning J.F.K. had died and I cried. I was in school and they let us out early when Bobby was shot and we cried.But I belive if it happened to any of the ones in office today it would not matter.
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Old 06-06-2003, 06:11 AM   #6 (permalink)
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A dream died that day. What a great, and overlooked, man he was.
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Old 06-06-2003, 08:26 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I had the privlege of speaking to Robert Kennedy one to one in 1964; my uncle was running for local office in my area, and Senator Kennedy was stumping for local candidates. My uncle arranged for me to meet him; he was just exactly what he presented himself as, a genuine caring individual. I was devastated when he was shot; I believe that the assassination of Robert Kennedy change the course of the United States; had he been elected president, it would be a totally different (and better) country.
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