On this day in history, November 20, 1925, Robert F. Kennedy was born
General Robert F. Kennedy, younger brother of former President John F. Kennedy and former US attorney general, was born on this day in history, November 20, 1925 .
Robert was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, to Joseph Sr. and Rose Kennedy, and Robert was the seventh of their nine children.
He was usually called “Bobby”.
In 1943, Kennedy entered the Naval Academy Training Program, known as V-12, and began studying at Harvard.
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He transferred to Bates College, served on a ship named after his late older brother Joe, and was honorably discharged from the Navy in May 1946, the Service’s website says the National Parks.
Kennedy then went on to study at Harvard, graduating in 1948. He went on to study law, and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1951, says the John F. .Kennedy.
Shortly after graduating from law school, Kennedy jumped into the world of politics.
In 1952, Kennedy managed his brother John’s campaign for the US Senate, then spent time working for the Senate Subcommittee on Investigations, says the JFK Presidential Library.
Kennedy also managed John F. Kennedy’s successful presidential run in 1960.
He was appointed US Attorney General by his brother, a move that was “controversial” at the time, says the National Park Service.
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“Bobby had never practiced law before and was appointed because the father insisted that the president has someone he could trust,” said the same source.
Unbeknownst to him, Kennedy quickly got to work proving the reporters wrong. In particular, Kennedy worked against organized crime, and “crimes against organized crime figures rose 800% during his tenure,” the JFK Library said.
Kennedy was also committed to civil rights causes, especially those related to voting rights for African Americans and school integration.
After the assassination of President Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy resigned as US Attorney General.
He was elected to the Senate in 1964, representing New York.
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In 1968, it looked like a member of the Kennedy family might be living in the White House again.
Bobby Kennedy announced his presidential candidacy on March 16, 1968.
Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be.
While speaking to his supporters at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles and celebrating victory in the California primary, Kennedy was shot three times by the assassin Sirhan Sirhan.
Sirhan, a Palestinian immigrant with Jordanian citizenship who moved to the United States as a child, said, “I did it for my country” after shooting Kennedy, according to Encyclopedia Britannica.
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Kennedy succumbed to his injuries on June 6, 1968.
He was 42.
Kennedy was survived by his wife, Ethel Skakel, and his 11 children. Ethel Kennedy was three months pregnant at the time of her death.
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Sirhan was originally sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life in prison after the state of California abolished the death penalty, notes Encyclopedia Britannica.
He has been denied parole several times, most recently in March 2023.
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