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Wednesday, June 18, 1997

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  • Slavery Apology

    A dozen white members of Congress began this past week to push an initiative that would apologize to African-Americans whose ancestors suffered as slaves under the Constitution and the laws of the United States until 1865. But the simple proposal — a 23 word resolution — immediately drew fire from House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott. President Clinton has been hesitant to embrace the slavery apology outright.

  • Robert F. Kennedy Assassination

    Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of killing Robert F. Kennedy, will face his 10th parole hearing today. On June 4, 1968, just after he had declared victory in the California presidential primary, Robert Kennedy was gunned down in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Captured a few feet away, gun in hand, was a young Palestinian-American named Sirhan Sirhan. The police declared the case open and shut, and Sirhan was eventually found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.