Significance in 1968
By Connor Salmon
Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated
- Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Riots erupt in major American cities for several days afterward.
Robert Kennedy is assasinated in California
Born on November 20,1925,in Brook line, Massachusetts into a large,politically powerful Irish Catholic family,Robert Francis Kennedy attended Harvard College until 1944,when he entered the navy.He later graduated from Harvard in 1948 and earned his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1951.
How he got elected
Nixon accused his Democratic opponent Jerry Voorhis,a hardworking five-term Congressman,of communist ties.
The Difficult Years
For eight years,Nixon served in the relative unimportant. of the vice president's office.In 1960,he ran for president and lost to John F. Kennedy in a very close race.