June 5, 1968: Senator Robert F. Kennedy is Shot
On this day in 1968, New York Senator Robert “Bobby” Kennedy was shot by an assassin at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
Moments after winning the California and South Dakota primary elections, Sen. Kennedy was shot as he walked through the Ambassador Hotel. The 42-year-old presidential hopeful died hours later at Good Samaritan Hospital in L.A.
His tragic death came only four and a half years after his brother President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, Texas. Explore American Experience's biography of Robert. F. Kennedy to learn more.
Photos: Robert F. Kennedy, 1968 (Library of Congress). Robert F. Kennedy speaking to a crowd through a megaphone outside the Justice Department, 1963 (Library of Congress).