AP Was There, in 1968
The Tet Offensive in Vietnam. The My Lai Massacre. The assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. Civil rights and anti-war protests. The year 1968 was one of turmoil, and The Associated Press was there to cover it.
BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — The suburban Boston house where Robert F. Kennedy was born is holding special events this week to mark the 50th anniversary of his death.
The John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site — named for Robert Kennedy's brother, President John F. Kennedy — is holding an exhibition on Robert Kennedy's life and offering neighborhood tours Wednesday. The events coincide with the anniversary of Robert Kennedy's death on June 6, 1968, a day after he was shot.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Associated Press Hollywood reporter Bob Thomas was on a one-night political assignment in June 1968 to cover Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's victory in the California presidential primary when mayhem unfolded before his eyes.
AP images from the RFK assassination and funeral
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul Schrade had an up-close view of the Kennedy dynasty in the 1960s.
The union leader got involved in politics during John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign, advised Robert F. Kennedy during his own White House run eight years later and introduced the younger Kennedy to California farmworker union leaders who were instrumental in making poverty and labor pillars of his candidacy.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Juan Romero was a teenage Mexican immigrant working as a hotel busboy 50 years ago when he was thrust into one of the seminal moments of the decade.
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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Dallas Brown can still see the bullets coming for him 50 years later, smacking into the dirt at his feet as north Vietnamese soldiers fired on his platoon during an ambush deep in the jungle.
Minutes later, as the deadly firefight wound down, Brown and his fellow soldiers in the 101st Airborne would be immortalized.
Nancy Shipley was working in a news office in Nashville, Tennessee, when the call came 50 years ago. Gene Herrick was in Chicago routing photos to newspapers when his phone rang. Jack Thornell got the call in New Orleans; Kathryn Johnson heard the news in Atlanta.
Together, over the next few days, the four helped The Associated Press inform the world about the stunning news that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — In the spring of 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had won victories on desegregation and voting rights and had been planning his Poor People's Campaign when he turned his attention to Memphis, the gritty city by the Mississippi River. In his support for striking sanitation workers, King wanted to lead marches and show that nonviolent protest still worked.
But on April 4, at the city's Lorraine Motel, he would be fatally shot.
AP WAS THERE: The Vietnam War’s Tet Offensive
EDITOR'S NOTE — Early on the morning of Jan. 31, 1968, as Vietnamese celebrated the Lunar New Year, or Tet as it is known locally, Communist forces launched a wave of coordinated surprise attacks across South Vietnam. The campaign — one of the largest of the Vietnam War — led to intense fighting and heavy casualties in cities and towns across the South.