Today is the 38th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, who was shot just after midnight on June 5, 1968, at the Ambassador Hotel here in Los Angeles. He died 25 hours later.
After all these years, over 40 since his brother was killed and with the intervening Kennedy comedies and tragedies, it is perhaps easy to dismiss an event like this with a shrug and a shake of the head. But that would be a mistake.
How might American history have been different had RFK not been killed that night? It’s immeasurable, of course, but just consider for a moment who wound up winning the presidential election that year.
And consider what Ted Kennedy had to say at the funeral:
“My brother need not be idolized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.”