Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Thursday: 50th anniversary of the Chappaquiddick killing

While the media is celebrating--and that's a great thing--the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, another anniversary from 1969 is upon us. Tomorrow marks 50 years of Sen. Edward Kennedy driving off the Chappaquiddick bridge on Massachusetts' Martha Vineyard.

Turning down an invitation to witness the Apollo 11 launch, "the Lion of the Senate" instead traveled to the island for a yacht race and to attend a reunion of volunteers from Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 campaign. The volunteers were young and female, the male attendees were all married.

Kennedy. who had no driver's license, drove his car off that bridge into a pond. His passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, was found dead hours later. Teddy swam to safety and didn't contact authorities until the submerged car was discovered.

Kennedy received a suspended sentence for not reporting an accident. There was no autopsy of Kopechne.

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