Friday, May 29, 2009

41 years ago

This Day In History


June 3, 1968
On June 3, 1968, Valerie Solanas shot Warhol an art critic and curator Mario Amaya at Warhol's studio.

The shooting was mostly overshadowed in the media due to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy two days later.

Warhol had this to say about the attack: "Before I was shot, I always thought that I was more half-there than all-there – I always suspected that I was watching TV instead of living life. People sometimes say that the way things happen in movies is unreal, but actually it’s the way things happen in life that’s unreal. The movies make emotions look so strong and real, whereas when things really do happen to you, it’s like watching television – you don’t feel anything. Right when I was being shot and ever since, I knew that I was watching television. The channels switch, but it’s all television.

June 4, 1968
“TITAN PRIDE” six hundred senior students of Salt Lake City's Olympus High School graduate. The graduation is held in the school gymnasium. Each Student is allowed two guest tickets. Dad bring your camera.

A graduation dance will follow the graduation ceremony. The graduate at right will be escorted to the dance by her RM Sunday school teacher, he believes every girl should have a date to graduation. Thank you Dennis, who also asked his cousin to escort another of our class. Three young women from the Cottonwood 10th Ward and their dates will attend both the dance at Olympus and the celebration to be held at Highland High School. After connecting with Dennis' sister and her date the couples attend a midnight breakfast at the Hormon home. The news of Robert F. Kennedy is announced on a TV special report while the meal is being prepared. After the four young men say good night the young women enjoy a final slumber party in the pool house.

June 5, 1968
The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, a United States Senator and brother of assassinated President John F. Kennedy, took place shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968 in Los Angeles, California. Robert F. Kennedy was killed during celebrations of his successful campaign in the Californian primary elections while seeking the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. The perpetrator was a twenty-four year old Palestinian immigrant named Sirhan Sirhan, who remains incarcerated for this crime as of 2009. The shooting was recorded on audio tape by a freelance newspaper reporter, while the aftermath was captured on film.

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