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Robert F. Kennedy assassinated 45 years ago this week (archival photos, video)

Herald-Examiner Collection

Woman reading newspaper, an "extra" edition of the Herald-Examiner, containing the headline, "Kennedy Shot."

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Robert Kennedy addresses enthusiastic supporters in the ballroom of the Ambassador Hotel after winning the California presidential primary. A short time later, the New York Senator would be fatally gunned down in the hotel’s kitchen.

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An unidentified man at the podium of the Ambassador Hotel ballroom addresses the crowd after the shooting of Senator Robert F. Kennedy on June 5, 1968.

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A crowd gathered outside of Central Receiving Hospital where the shot senator was taken on June 5, 1968.

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Special requiem mass for Robert F. Kennedy on June 9, 1968, at St. Vibiana's Cathedral. Msgr. Patrick Roche delivered the sermon.

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This was taken at San Fernando State College (later California State University, Northridge) during Robert F. Kennedy's campaign for the presidency, March 15, 1968

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Photograph caption dated March 26, 1968 reads, "Robert Kennedy steps up to be seen, heard by Watts backers. Crowd jams into parking lot of Watts Writers' Workshop to hear Democratic hopeful." A crowd of 5,000 gathered to hear Kennedy. The creative workshop rose from the ashes of the 1965 Watts Riots, and the group cheered loudly when the New York Senator proclaimed he wanted "violence and hatred replaced by jobs. I want bitterness replaced in this county."

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Jesse Unruh whispers to Robert F. Kennedy. Photograph caption dated March 25, 1968 reads, "Assembly Speaker at front of Senator's California drive."

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Robert F. Kennedy with sister, Pat Lawford, and her two daughters, Sydney (right) and Victoria, after a news conference at Los Angeles International Airport. Kennedy's week-long visit in Los Angeles includes meetings with Justice Department officials to discuss the fight against organized crime. Photograph dated June 27, 1962.

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Election rally for Robert F. Kennedy on Olvera Street to support his candidacy for President, 1968.

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Election rally for Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy on Olvera Street, 1968. Shirts of two people express their support.

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Robert F. Kennedy with student and reporters in woodshop at Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, circa 1965.


This week is the 45th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. The brother of President John F. Kennedy won the California Democratic primary on June 4, 1968, but just after midnight, he was shot by assassin Sirhan Sirhan.

Sirhan was immediately arrested. Kennedy died early on June 6 at the hospital.

Click through above to see photos of Kennedy in Los Angeles and the aftermath of his assassination from the L.A. Public Library's archives.

Watch video of CBS's coverage of the evening, beginning with Kennedy's primary victory, with chaos breaking out around the 46-minute mark as Kennedy was assassinated.

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