Tuesday, July 18, 2006

July 18, 1969

On this day in 1969, a car went off a bridge and changed American politics:

In a sequence of events that instantly became famous, Senator Kennedy escaped from the submerged vehicle and swam to shore. By 2:30 a.m. he had made his way back to his hotel in Edgartown, where he was sighted in the lobby. He made 17 phone calls to family members and associates. But not until 10 hours after the accident did he call the police to tell them about the car crash—and the other person in the car, who had died.

Read the rest of the
American Heritage article here.

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