This Day in History

Sirhan Sirhan, convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, received the death penalty on April 23, 1969. This sentence, later commuted to life imprisonment following a change in California’s death penalty law, brought a controversial end to a trial that captivated and shocked the nation. The assassination, occurring during a tumultuous period in American history, left an enduring legacy on political discourse, the Kennedy family’s storied narrative, and the ongoing debate over justice and punishment.