Category Archives: 1968

Martin Luther King Jr. Visits L.A., Urges Defeat of LBJ, Calls for End to Vietnam War

March 17-18, 1968: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. calls for the end of the Vietnam war in appearances at the Disneyland Hotel and Second Baptist Church in Los Angeles. This post originally appeared on in 2008 and is … Continue reading

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Julian Bond: Video of 1968 Democratic National Convention

This is how I think of Julian Bond: At the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago (notice the shots of Mayor Richard J. Daley) being nominated for vice president, but too young to hold the job. (Yes, Bond is talking … Continue reading

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Remembering Robert F. Kennedy

        Robert F. Kennedy, Ambassador Hotel, June 5, 1968.       I pulled together a series of posts in 2008 for the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel. Here’s … Continue reading

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From the Stacks – ‘Dancing Bear’ (1968)

    Out of curiosity, I picked up Gladwin Hill’s “Dancing Bear” at the Southern California Library’s book sale.  I never met Hill (d. 1992), the New York Times bureau chief in Los Angeles, but I had heard about him … Continue reading

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Kennedy Mystery Photo

Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador, June 5, 1968, photo courtesy of Howard Decker Robert F. Kennedy in an undated photo by Paul Jacobs L.A. Observed recently posted a photo – from Chip Jacobs’ blog — of Robert F. Kennedy … Continue reading

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Huntington Beach Jane Doe, 1968

    My Google alert for “Black Dahlia” sent me to Tori Richards’ piece on an unsolved 1968 homicide being reopened by the Huntington Beach Police Department. Taking the case to the Internet has already dispelled decades of speculation that … Continue reading

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