1968 – Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated

Senator Robert Kennedy was doing well as June 5 started. He’d won the California primary held on the previous day, and was feeling triumphant as he addressed friends and supporters in the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles. This victory had more or less sealed his position as the Democratic candidate for the Presidential election to be held later that year.

A few minutes after completing the speech, he was shot three times by Sirhan Sirhan. He was rushed to hospital, but one of the bullets had entered his head just behind his left ear. The damage was too great, and Kennedy died a day later without ever regaining consciousness. He was mourned by a grieving nation, and in his absence, Hubert Humphrey, the sitting Vice-President, won the nomination instead.

Referenced in:
She Is Always Seventeen – Harry Chapin