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This Day In History, April 23rd, 2022 – “Death for Sirhan Sirhan”

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It was just 53 years ago today, April 23, 1969, when Palestinian assassin Sirhan Sirhan was found guilty, and sentenced to death. Americans were shocked when on the night of June 5, 1968, Robert Kennedy was shot on television. Sirhan, a Palestinian who was upset of Kennedy’s support of Israel during the Six Day War, wanted revenge.

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Sirhan Sirhan. Image courtesy of Wikicommons, Public Domain.

The trial was a train wreck. Sirhan did not hide his guilt, even though the judge tried to have this dismissed. Sirhan even tried to get rid of his council. In the end, they found him guilty, and sentenced him to the gas chamber. However, the state of California does not have the death penalty. Recently, the world was shocked to hear that Sirhan was granted parole, though thanks to public outrage, it was denied. 53 years ago today, an assassin was given the death sentence, yet remains in jail today.

What was happening yesterday, on April 22nd?

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