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Shock Year: 1968

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June 3
Warhol Shot

In New York City, artist Andy Warhol is shot and wounded by Valerie Solanis, a struggling actress and writer.

California Primary June 4
California Primary

Robert Kennedy wins the South Dakota primary, as well as a narrow but crucial victory in California.

RFK's Last Speech

Around midnight, he addresses supporters at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, confidently promising to heal the many divisions within the country on his way to the nomination.

June 5
RFK Shot

Leaving the stage just after midnight, Kennedy is shot point-blank by Sirhan Sirhan, a 24-year old Jordanian apparently angered by Kennedy's pro-Israel stance. Shock and mortification spread through the crowd and around the nation as Kennedy is rushed to the hospital, where he clings to life.

June 6
Robert Kennedy Dies

Robert Kennedy dies early in the morning at the age of 42. Newspapers across the nation run extensive coverage of the assassination, the second murder of a major American public figure in just two months.

June 7
RFK Assassin Jailed

Sirhan Sirhan is indicted in Robert Kennedy's murder. He will be convicted and sentenced to death on April 17, 1969. In 1972 the California State Supreme Court will declare capital punishment unconstitutional, and Sirhan Sirhan's sentence is converted to life in prison, where he remains today.

June 8
RFK Funeral

Senator Edward Kennedy delivers the eulogy at his brother's funeral, held at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. Afterwards, thousands of Americans line the tracks to pay their respects as a special train carries Robert Kennedy's body to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where he is interred in the cemetery's first and only nighttime burial.

June 27
Prague Spring

The reform movement known as the "Prague Spring" continues with protests against "foreign forces" trying to control Czechoslovakia. The Soviet Union plans to meet the threat by stepping up military preparation for an invasion.

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