Los Angeles, California (JFK+50) 45 years ago today, April 23, 1969, Sirhan Sirhan, who shot Senator Robert F. Kennedy of New York on June 5, 1968, was given the death penalty.
Senator Kennedy, formerly Attorney General for President John F. Kennedy, ran for the Democratic nomination for President in 1968.
RFK announced his candidacy by saying...
"I run not to oppose any man, but to propose new policies."
Bob Kennedy was particularly concerned about the war in Vietnam.
After winning the California Primary on June 4, RFK had just completed a short victory speech in the ballroom of the Ambassador Hotel here in Los Angeles when he was shot.
In 1972, California abolished the Death Penalty and Sirhan's sentence was changed to Life.
He continues to serve his sentence today.
RFK Assassin, Sirhan Sirhan
CASTRO FREES LAST BAY OF PIGS PRISONERS
Havana, Cuba (JFK+50) 51 years ago today, April 23, 1963, Premier Fidel Castro, communist dictator of Cuba, freed the last group of prisoners of war taken at the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in April 1961.
Attorney General Robert Kennedy called on Cuban exiles to form a unified group for more effective interaction with the administration on Cuban policy.
COSMONAUT DIED 47 YEARS AGO TODAY
Moscow (JFK+50) 47 years ago today, April 23, 1967, Soviet Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov lost his life as the parachute which was to bring him safely back to earth failed to deploy.
Komarov, who made his 1st space journey in 1964, had completed 24 hours and 16 orbits aboard Soyuz I when he experienced problems on re-entry to the earth's atmosphere.
He made two additional orbits, re-entered successfully, but his previous issues had caused the parachute to jam.
At 23,000 feet the chute failed to deploy and the spacecraft plunged to the earth.
Mr. Komarov was cremated and his ashes were buried in the Kremlin Wall.
Soviet Comonaut Vladimir Komarov