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Albany to mark 50th anniversary of RFK’s assassination

June 5, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The city of Albany is marking the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination with a round table discussion on his legacy and the ringing of bells.

Two Irish songs — “Danny Boy” and “The Minstrel Boy” — were played on Albany City Hall’s 90-year-old carillon bells early Tuesday afternoon.

Kennedy, the descendant of Irish immigrants, was a U.S. senator from New York when he was shot just after midnight on June 5, 1968, inside a Los Angeles hotel after winning California’s Democratic presidential primary. He died the next day.

The Irish American Heritage Museum in downtown Albany will host a discussion Tuesday evening on Bobby Kennedy’s life and legacy.

Panelists include former state Assemblyman and historian Jack McEneny, and Tom Keefe of Albany’s Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club.

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