JFK+50: Volume 6, No. 1972
Normandy, France (JFK+50) Seventy-two years ago today, June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops from the decks of 5,000 ships took part in the largest amphibious assault in world history.
The landings, which were made in Normandy on the northern coast of France, were preceded by airborne assault landings by 24,000 British, American, Canadian and Free French troops.
A beachhead was established along a fifty mile stretch of beach divided into five sections code named... Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.
The Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, said in a radio address to the troops before the historic day began...
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 and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you."
Los Angeles, California (JFK+50) Forty-eight years ago today, June 6, 1968, New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy died at the Good Samaritan Hospital here in Los Angeles.
The Senator was pronounced dead at 1:44 a.m. more than 25 hours after he was shot in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel* following a speech celebrating his California primary victory.
Doctors operated on Senator Kennedy for 3 hours and 45 minutes but were pessimistic due to the extent of bullet and bone fragments they found scattered through the brain.
RFK had been walking through the hotel kitchen pantry and was shaking hands with some employees when 24 year old Sirhan Sirhan** opened fire. The assassin fired 8 shots from a 22 caliber Iver Johnson pistol. 3 shots hit RFK.
Five other people were struck by bullets but all survived. They included...
Elizabeth Evans, Ira Goldstein, Paul Schrade, Irwin Stroll and William Weisel.
With the Senator at the time of death were his wife Ethel, sister-in-law Jacqueline Kennedy, brother Ted, Peter Lawford and Steven Smith.
*The Ambassador Hotel (1921-1989) was located at 3400 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. Designed by Myron Hunt and offering 500 rooms, it was frequented by many Hollywood celebrities. Six Academy Award ceremonies were held there. The hotel was the home of the famous Coconut Grove night club. It closed in 1989 and was demolished in 2005.
"RFK assassination witness willing to testify for Sirhan Sirhan's lawyers," by Brad Johnson and Michael Martinez, www.cnn.com/.
Robert F. Kennedy on Campaign