June 5th 1968: RFK assassinated
On this day in 1968, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles by Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy was a Democratic senator from New York and previously served as US Attorney General under the administration of his brother President John F. Kennedy. After his brother’s assassination in 1963, Robert briefly served as Attorney General under his successor Lyndon Johnson, despite the personal animosity between Kennedy and Johnson. Kennedy was the Democratic front-runner for the 1968 election until he was shot by Sirhan the night he won the California primary. Sirhan’s motives were supposedly due to his anger over Kennedy’s support for Israel however, like the 1963 Kennedy assassination, a number of conspiracy theories have been put forward. Hubert Humphrey went on to win the 1968 Democratic nomination, only to lose to Republican candidate Richard Nixon, who had previously lost the 1960 election against John F. Kennedy. Bobby Kennedy died the day after the shooting in Los Angeles; he was mourned nationwide, a potent symbol of the chaos of the era and a tragic continuation of the so-called ‘Kennedy curse’.
“Is everyone all right?”
- RFK’s last words after the shooting