Today in history: Robert F. Kennedy shot June 5th, 1968

Robert Kennedy: The Assassination of RFK


On Thursday, Jeb Bush dropped hints via Twitter about his 2016 ambitions, making him the third Bush to vie for the presidential crown.

47 years ago, another member of a political dynasty was trying to pave his way to the White House.

On June 4th, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy, a U.S. senator and brother of assassinated president John F. Kennedy, won the California Democratic primary election. Later that night, he celebrated his victory with supporters at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

At 12:50 a.m. PDT, Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan, a 24-year-old Palestinian, open fired on the candidate, shooting him critically four times. Sirhan was wrestled to the ground and arrested while Kennedy was rushed to the hospital. RFK fought for his life, but died a day later at the age of 42.

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Today in history: Robert F. Kennedy shot June 5th, 1968
16th March 1938: Joseph Patrick Kennedy (1888 - 1969), the American Ambassador and financier with his wife and five of their nine children at the Princes Gate home in London. Left to right: Kathleen, Edward (who became a Democratic senator), Joseph Kennedy, wife Rose Kennedy, Patricia (1924 - 2006), Jean and Robert, who became a Democratic senator before his assassination. (Photo by H. F. Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
circa 1964: Outside his residence at number 10 Downing Street, London, the British prime minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home, right, shakes hands with Robert Kennedy, US attorney general, and brother of the assassinated American president. Kennedy is in London for talks with the British government. (Photo by Kent Gavin/Keystone/Getty Images)
A family pay their respects at the John F Kennedy Memorial after the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy, Runnymede, Surrey, England, 6th June 1968. (Photo by Tilbury/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
6th June 1969: Mrs Stephen Smith and her daughters place flowers on the grave of her late brother, Senator Robert F. Kennedy following a memorial service at the grave site on the first anniversary of the late Senatorfs death. (Photo by Gene Forte/Keystone/Getty Images)
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