• Short Summary

    TRAGEDY AS WELL AS SUCCESS HAS BEEN PART OF THE KENNEDY FAMILY'S HISTORY. TODAY'S (WEDNESDAY)?

  • Description

    TRAGEDY AS WELL AS SUCCESS HAS BEEN PART OF THE KENNEDY FAMILY'S HISTORY. TODAY'S (WEDNESDAY) ATTEMPT ON THE LIFE OF SENATOR ROBERT KENNEDY COMES ONLY FOUR AND A HALF YEARS AFTER THE ASSASSINATION OF HIS BROTHER, THE LATE PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY.

    IT COMES TOO AT THE MOMENT OF VICTORY FOR THE SENATOR IN THE CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY ELECTION.

    THE SHOTS WHICH TOOK 42-YEAR-OLD SENATOR KENNEDY TO THE SAMARITAN HOSPITAL IN LOS ANGELES FOR AN OPERATION TO REMOVE A BULLET FROM HIS BRAIN RANG OUT JUST AFTER A VICTORY CELEBRATION AT HIS CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS HOTEL.

    THE SHOOTING BORE A TERRIBLE RESEMBLANCE TO THE ASSASSINATION OF HIS BROTHER, JOHN. THE TWO WERE VERY CLOSE; ROBERT WON MUCH OF HIS REPUTATION AS HIS BROTHER'S CAMPAIGN MANAGER. THE YEAR AFTER PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S DEATH ROBERT KENNEDY WAS GIVEN A 12-MINUTE STANDING OVATION AT THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION.

    IN 1964 ROBERT KENNEDY FOLLOWED THE EXAMPLE OF HIS ELDER AND YOUNGER BROTHERS AND RAN FOR THE SENATE. SENATOR EDWARD KENNEDY, THE YOUNGEST OF THE BROTHERS, REPRESENTED HIS HOME STATE, MASSACHUSETTS - SO ROBERT KENNEDY FOUGHT AND WON HIS CAMPAIGN IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK.

    IN 1966 HE WAS MOBBED BY STUDENTS DURING HIS VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA WHERE HE SPOKE OUT STRONGLY AGAINST APARTHEID. MUCH OF HIS SUPPORT COMES FROM THE YOUNG, THE UNDERPRIVILEGED AND THE COLOURED VOTERS IN THE GREAT CITIES. BUT WHEN THIS YEAR'S CAMPAIGNS STARTED THEY HAD TO WAIT UNTIL MARCH BEFORE KENNEDY FINALLY DECIDED TO RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY WHEN HE MADE THIS STATEMENT.......

    SENATOR KENNEDY'S WIFE, ETHEL, ALTHOUGH EXPECTING HER ELEVENTH CHILD, HAS BEEN WORKING HARD IN THE RECENT ELECTION CAMPAIGNS. SHE WAS WIT HER HUSBAND WHEN HE WAS SHOT.

    THE SENATOR HAS SCORED SUBSTANTIAL VICTORIES IN INDIANA, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND IN NEBRASKA. HE SUFFERED A SET BACK IN OREGON LAST WEEK, WHERE HE LOST TO SENATOR EUGENE McCARTHY AND THERE WAS SPECULATION WHETHER THE TIDE HAD TURNED FOR HIM. THEN JUST BEFORE HE WAS SHOT, CAME THE NEWS OF ANOTHER MASSIVE VICTORY IN THE IMPORTANT STATE OF CALIFORNIA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5G8ZH76EOTPA5D0NXNCLB77J9
    Media URN:
    VLVA5G8ZH76EOTPA5D0NXNCLB77J9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/06/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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