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On this day: March 19

POSTED: 11:49 AM PDT Mar 14, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 18, 2014 

The Tuskegee Airmen are activated, Elvis buys Graceland, Bob Dylan releases his debut album, Texas Western makes college basketball history, and the invasion of Iraq begins, all on this day.

OTD March 19 - Sirhan Sirhan
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California Department of Corrections

1944: Sirhan Sirhan, who assassinated U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy on June 5, 1968, in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, is born in Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine. Sirhan was convicted on April 17, 1969, and was sentenced six days later to death in the gas chamber. Three years later, his sentence was commuted to life in prison, owing to the California Supreme Court's decision in People v. Anderson, which ruled capital punishment a violation of the California Constitution.

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