June 5, 1968 - The Robert Kennedy Assassination. 10 Million workers on Strike in France. Vietnam War. Peace Talks. Election results. Primaries. This day in history.
June 5, 2012

Within seconds, a world turned upside down.

Despite the fact that some ten million workers had virtually shut down France, and chaos was looming, the Peace talks between the U.S. and North Vietnam had stalled and the war was grinding on, all eyes and ears were on Los Angeles on this particular June 5th in 1968.

Shortly after midnight, amid a jubilant crowd and election returns that gave him a solid win in the California Primary, Presidential Candidate Robert Kennedy was gunned down by an assassin on his way from addressing campaign workers and well-wishers to a press conference at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

Here is the now-famous on the scene report by Mutual Broadcasting's Andrew West, followed by continuous news from 7:30 to around 8:30 on the morning of June 5th.

The rest of the news that day seemed inconsequential by comparison. At the time of this news broadcast, there was still hope for recovery. The assassin was still a would-be and he was as yet unidentified, arraigned as only John Doe.

Imagine you're waking up on this morning, not knowing what happened (as so many did), and hearing the news for the first time.

News from KFWB in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968.

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