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Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history

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Antiwar demonstrators fight with Chicago police during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

1968_0808_nixon At left, former Vice President Richard M. Nixon wins the Republican nomination for the 1968 presidential race. He selects Maryland Gov. Spiro T. Agnew as his
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The 1968 Democratic ticket: Vice President Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota and Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine.


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Humphrey wins the nomination, provoking boos and catcalls when he mentions President Lyndon Johnson. Humphrey says of the violence in Chicago: "We do not want a police state, but we do need a state of law and order. Neither mob violence nor police brutality have any place in America."


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Richard Nixon is elected president, Nov. 9, 1968, promising peace with honor in Vietnam.


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Sirhan_1968_0604_ben_oldender_copy Sirhan Bishara Sirhan is convicted and sentenced to the gas chamber May 21, 1969. His sentence is commuted to life in prison when the California Supreme Court overturns the death penalty in 1972.









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Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and President Richard M. Nixon are reelected in 1972. Agnew is charged with income tax evasion and resigns Oct. 10, 1973, to be replaced by Rep. Gerald R. Ford. Nixon resigns Aug. 8, 1974, over the Watergate scandal, making Ford president. On April 23, 1975, Ford declares the Vietnam War over. Saigon falls to the North Vietnamese on April 30, 1975.



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In 2006, the Los Angeles Unified School District finishes demolition of the Ambassador Hotel despite efforts by the Los Angeles Conservancy to save the landmark. A $4-million settlement with the Conservancy clears the way for destruction  of the Cocoanut Grove.

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Gerald Ford was never a Senator.


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