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June 3, 1968

June 3, 2008 |  9:00 am


Above, the cover of The Times, June 3, 1968: Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.) is leading in the State Poll, over Sen. Eugene McCarthy (D-Minn.) Perhaps the most interesting projection  is 67% turnout in the June 4 primary.

Now playing: "Planet of the Apes" and "2001."


An ominous contrast: A Kennedy campaign ad and a story about the somber mood of the Arab world as the first anniversary of the Six-Day War between Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Israel approaches.

It was essential to a young Christian Palestinian refugee from Jerusalem living in Pasadena, a slight young man who failed in his attempt to become a jockey at Santa Anita, that he take action against the U.S. before the June 5, 1968, anniversary.
1968_0603_rfk_page3 1968_0606_gun_2His name: Sirhan Bishara Sirhan. His target: Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. His gun: A .22-caliber Iver Johnson, above, bought for protection during the 1965 Watts riots.

At left, Kennedy and McCarthy campaign in Southern California. The televised debate led the Arbitron ratings, ahead of "Petticoat Junction" and "Mannix."

Republican California Gov. Ronald Reagan calls it "much ado about nothing."
1968_rfk_0603_ad 1968_06014_nehru The fashions of 1968. Yes, people really did wear Nehru jackets.

At left, Kennedy supporters take out an ad accusing the McCarthy campaign of distorting his statements.
67% Primary Turnout

67% Primary Turnout; State Poll

Kennedy vs. Humphrey in South Dakota, Part I

Kennedy vs. Humphrey in South Dakota, Part II



Above and at right, my old pal, the late Marty Rossman, takes a look at political advertising in the days before a primary.

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