Archive: On This Day.
1968: Senator Robert F Kennedy was shot: 'Some men see things
as they are and ask 'Why?' I dream things that never were and
ask, 'Why not?' said Robert F Kennedy the year he was killed.
He was shot by Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan at the Ambassador Hotel, in Los
Angeles, while he was campaigning for the Democratic nomination for
President of the United States. He was rushed to the hospital, but died
from his wounds the next day. Robert Kennedy has been closely associated
with his brother, John F Kennedy, as he managed his campaigns for the US
Senate and was Attorney General during his presidency. In early 1968
Robert Kennedy declared his candidacy for the US presidency, but he was
to suffer the same fate as his brother John did in 1963.
Also on this day: 1783: The hot-air balloon wasfirst demonstrated
by the Montgolfier brothers; 1819: Mathematician and astronomer John
Couch Adams was born; 1913: The Ambassadors Theatre in London opened;
1944: The Cafe Gondree was the first place to be liberated from the
Germans on the eve of the D-Day landings; 1947: US Secretary of State,
George Marshall, announced the Marshall Plan to help Europe recover from
the war; 1967: The Six Day War between Israel and her Arab neighbours,
Egypt, Jordan and Syria began; 1975: The Suez Canal was reopened after
eight years; 1990: Mikhail Gorbachev received the Nobel Peace Prize.