June 6, 1968
BOB KENNEDY DIES 25 HOURS AFTER SHOOTING
New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy died at 1:44 a.m. at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, California.
Death came more than 25 hours after the Senator was shot in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel.
Doctors operated on RFK for 3 hours & 45 minutes but were pessimistic due to the extent of bullet & bone fragments they found scattered through the brain.
Senator Kennedy had just completed a victory speech in the hotel ballroom & was proceeding to walk through the kitchen to reach a service elevator when Sirhan Sirhan fired a pistol at the Senator from point blank range.
With the Senator at the time of death were his wife Ethel, sister-in-law Jacqueline Kennedy, brother Ted, Peter Lawford & Steven Smith.
Robert F. Kennedy was 42 years old.
Robert F. Kennedy on Campaign
Photo by Evan Freed (1968)
“Bobby is now in the realm of legend & myth & even in death inspires an effort to improve the lot of humanity. A foundation was created to raise $10 million as a memorial. The funds are to be used to attack the nation’s most serious social problems. Action….was an approach Bobby would have liked.”
“A Man of Action & Compassion”
by William J. Eaton
World Book Yearbook (1969)
RFK Words to Remember
“Our GNP measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country. It measures everything….except that which makes life worthwhile. And it can tell us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.”
Speech at the University of Kansas
RFK Greets Young Americans
June 6, 1944
ALLIES MAKE LANDINGS AT NORMANDY
More than 160,000 Allied troops from the decks of 5,000 ships took part in the largest amphibious assault in history today in Normandy on the northern coast of France.
The landings were preceded by airborne assault landings by 24,000 British, American, Canadian & Free French troops.
A beachhead was established along a 50 mile stretch of beach divided into 5 “code-named” sections: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno & Sword.
The Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, said in a radio address to the troops before “D-Day” began:
“Soldiers, sailors & airmen of the American Expeditionary Force: You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes & prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you.”
“D Day Landing”
Photo by Robert F. Sargent, USCG
June 6, 1961
JFK SPEAKS TO THE NATION AFTER TRIP TO EUROPE
President John F. Kennedy spoke to the American people tonight on live television.
“The people of Paris, of Vienna, of London, were generous in their greeting. They were heartwarming in their hospitality. We knew that the crowds & the shouts were meant….for the country that we represented which is regarded as the chief defender of freedom.”
“The Soviets & ourselves….have wholly different views of right & wrong…&…different concepts of where the world is & where it is going.”
June 6, 1962
JFK SPEAKS AT WEST POINT
President Kennedy gave the commencement address today to the graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
The President said:
“The demands that will be made upon you in the service of your country…will be…more challenging than ever before in history (but) above all you will have a responsibility to deter war as well as fight it.”
Cadet Chapel at West Point
Photo by Ahodges7 (2008)
June 6, 1963
JFK SPEAKS AT SAN DIEGO STATE
President Kennedy said today at San Diego State University:
“There is no greater asset in this country than an educated man or woman.”
San Diego State University Campus
Photo by Nehrgms2020 (2006)