Los Angeles (JFK+50) 50 years ago today, June 4, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy* of New York won the Democratic California Primary defeating Senator Eugene J. McCarthy** of Minnesota by a margin of 4%.
Just after midnight, the Senator arrived in the Embassy Ballroom at the Ambassador Hotel here in Los Angeles to speak to his supporters and the nation.
Senator Kennedy said...
"I think we can end the divisions within the United States. What I think is quite clear is that we can work together. We are a great country, a selfless and a compassionate country. Now it's on to Chicago, and let's win there."
After RFK left the podium, he exited through the hotel pantry and the rest is history.
*Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) was born in Brookline, Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard and the University of Virginia School of Law. RFK was manager of JFK's 1952 Senate and 1960 Presidential campaigns. He served as Attorney General from 1961 to 1964 and as US Senator 1965-1968.
**Eugene J. McCarthy (1916-2005) was born in Watkins, Minnesota and graduated from St. John's University and the University of Minnesota. He taught in public schools 1935-40 and was professor at St. John's 1940-43.
McCarthy served in the House of Representatives 1949-1959 and in the Senate 1959-1971. He died of complications of Parkinson's disease in Georgetown.
"Robert Kennedy, Shot, Killed in Los Angeles", June 16, 1968, www.newsweek.com/