Daylight Video

On this day in 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles, just after winning the California presidential primary.

Like a lot of people in the East, I woke up early the next morning to a clock radio that was replaying in an endless loop reporter Andrew West’s live account of the assassination, embedded in the ABC coverage video above.

To many of us on that horrific day (just two months after the assassination of MLK), it seemed like the country had gone mad or satanic. And so in my own mind at least, the year’s anthem was the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For the Devil.” Here they are performing it on David Frost’s show later in 1968.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.