Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 26, 1968 · Page 6
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T'T -TFl REOTSTER-NF.WP MT VERNON. ILLINOIS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1968 Assassinations of Kennedy and King Are Top Steri^ of '68 „ „ _Q_ _Q_ _Q. .n. -A- -n- -O- -O- -6- -CK -0- -0- I -0- -0" -6- | -0- -0- -O- By MARY CAMPBELL AP. Newsfeatures Writer The assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, which caused great shock and later stirred deep emotions of shame, anger and sorrow, have been voted the biggest news stories of 1968 by AP member newspapers and radio and TV stations. The assassination of Sen Kennedy, brother of President John F. Kennedy, who was shot and killed in 1963, was voted the top story. Sen. Kennedy, 42, was trying for the presidency this | year. On June 4 he won the Cali- J fornia Democratic primary. Aft- 1 er a victory statement, shortly | past midnight, he and his wife, | Ethel, pregnant with their 11th; child, walked through a bacK passageway in the Ambassador! Hotel in Los Angeles to meet newsmer. Kennedy was shot, n 1 22-caliber bullet piercing his brain, and died 25 hours later in' Good Samaritan Hospital,: where he had been operated on for three and a half hours. Putan Bishara Sirhan. 2-1. -o- -o- -o- protest his method. He led the boycott of the segregated Montgomery buses, civil disobedience of what he considered unfair laws, marches and sit-ins, made "We Shall Overcome" the themesong of his people. Both whites and blacks, who had looked to him for reconciliation between the races, 4 mourned his loss. Immediate anger led to violence in 40 cities across the country on the night of his death, with 4,000 National Guardsmen called into the nation's capitol, where ' the riot was largest. James Earl Ray, 40, was found in England, using a false Canadian passport, brought back to Memphis, charged with King's murder and will be tried on March 3. Other big stories of the year and the way they were ranked: 3. LRJ annources that he won't run for re-election; 34. Presidential election, campaign; 5. Czechoslovakia occupied by Russia; 6. Vietnam War continues, peace talks start; 7. USS Pueblo and crew captured by North Korea. 8. Heart trans- -o- -o- -o- -o- -o- -o- THE MULE-DRAWN CASKET of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leads thousands of grieving marchers away from Atlanta April 9, en route to additional funeral services. King, the respected-civil rights leader whose method was nonviolence, was shot and killed In Memphis, where he had gone to lead a march in support of striking sanitation workers. brought to America from Jordan at 13, was grabbed at the scene and later charged with murder. His trial, postponed twice, is set for Jan. 7. The world was sickened and grieved along with the Kennedy family as they once again appeared, self-controlled, through days of public grief. Sen. Kennedy^ body lay in state at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York, then went by. slow train to Washington for burial in Arlington Cemetery, near the grave of his brother. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 39, Nobel. Prize winner for peace and American architect of nonviolence in Vine- fight for 'civil rights, was shot and killed in 'W- I W A W . plant operations; 9. Riots in Nei gro areas, black militancy; 10 i Jacijueline - Kennedy weds Aris- j totle Onassis. I President Lyndon B. Johnson had announced a major policy statement on Vietnam for TV and radio March 31. He reviewed administration policy and offered to meet North Vietnam at the bargaining table. Then, having given no prior clue of what he was about to say, he added a major surprise—the statement that he would not run | for re-election as President. Johnson said he did not want "an aura of political campaign- i ing" around his domestic and ; foreign moves during the com' ing months. He said he wanted ' to spend time only on his duties lll||pf LIKZ COOLIDrsE. President Lyndon B. Joluwon did not <'J«ooiie to run for rf*-«.'leeiion. On March 31 the I'lew/dcnt, at the .conclusion of :i major television-radio address, surprised the country by saying, "I shall not seek and I will not accept the nomination of my party for another terra as your President." Memphis on April 4. He was in \ as President, not on partisan ^Memphis to lead a march in i politics, j'SupMt . ot striking sanitation! Hats were flying in and ,put of workers, 90 per cent of whom" ^ ringwl d " rin S f. ection ' a *e - Negroes. .^nj| |iad stepped onto the bal- conjr-'of.his room at the Lorraine llulo] and was shot in the neck," *presun»i?.Jy with a high-power«d '->r4Qo ^.#om a flophouse* v B&%e \Kii ?g became the. nation's civil rights leader in mid- ^es^jnoost efforts on behalf of 'N «^«/lghteiwere being made KwlW^ f0Lmded the Sou^rn^arij^an Leadership Oopo{P^;^p^v e 4ual treat- sjn&rt ), $]*/"gof4 and nonviolent » • • j. * i year, until Richard M. Nuffln who kept his, cool throughout- won, in a presidential contest nearly as close as the one he lost to John F. Kennedy eight years ago. Michigan Gov. George Rom' ney withdrew two weeks before the first primary, becoming the first candidate to withdraw on the basis of popularity-measuring polls. After LBJ's withdrawal as his party's certain standard bearer, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey declared his candidacy. Sen, Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota was already in, as a dove, and getting MOMENTS AFTER HE WAS SHOT, June 5, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy lay mortally wounded oh the floor at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, where he had been celebrating his victory in California's Democratic primary. A nation which had mourned the death of his brother, President John F. Kennedy, also shot by an assassin, was stunned and outraged, and mourned deeply again. -CK -o- -a- backing from young people. New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller said repeatedly he'd answer a draft, felt the draft April 30 and declared. New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, who won his party's primary in California, was shot and killed. Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy said at that time and again during the Democratic convention that family responsibilities' prevented him from running in his brother's stead. Gov. Ronald Reagan of California tossed his hat into the ring at the GOP convention. But the nod went to Nixon, who chose as his running mate Maryland Gov. Spiro T. Agnew, who said, ' It came as a bolt out of the blue." Sen. George McGoverts, of South Dakota, with . backing from some one-time Kennedy supporters, and Gov. Lester Maddox of Georgia were late- announcers on the Democratic side. The Democrats picked Humphrey and he chose Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine as vice presidential candidate. Meanwhile, George C. Wallace, former governor of Alabama, had formed a third party, the American Independent Party, and as impressive-size crowds gathered to hear him. all over the country, people who at first had considered him merely regional began to take The Top 10 Stories of the Year and Top 10 Newsmak­ ers of the Year selections are, made in strict accordance with ballots returned by editors of Associated Press member newspaper and radio and TV stations. Editors annually' are asked to vote for the news stores of greatest impact, import and use during the year and to name 10 top news-making personalities. Selections do not necessarily indicate support for policies carried out in stories chosen or support of the actions of persons chosen. They merely identify 1968's top news stories and individuals who made, the most news In their respective fields. him seriously as a contender. When the votes were counted, Wallace carried five states, all Southern. Main issue of the campaign was Vietnam, Cause celebre of the campaign was what a presi- idential commission later -o- -o- -o- termed a "police riot" in the streets of Chicago during the Democratic convention and Sen. Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut at the time called Gestapo tactics. Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley angrily shouted back at Ribicoff. Humphrey trailed far behind Nixon in polls until just before the election, when he pulled dramatically closer* to Nixon's lead. Nixon carried 32 states, for 302 electoral votes; HHH carried 13 states, got 191 electoral votes. In Czechoslovakia! for 229 days there had been an experiment without precedent—democracy within Communism- free press, public discussion, travel abroad. The Czechs had basked in it but the Warsaw Pact countries had feared their citizens would want It too. Warsaw Pact maneuvers began in Czechoslovakia June 20 as a show of muscle. Talks July 29 seemed to leave Czech liberalization with a green light. 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