Ethel Kennedy

Born Apr 11, 1928

Ethel Skakel Kennedy is the widow of Robert F. Kennedy, who served as Attorney General of the United States and a United States Senator for the state of New York.

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  • Jailed 11 Years For Murder, Kennedy Cousin Could Be Freed On Bail
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    Martha Moxley: Which Kennedy Cousin Killed Her?
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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ethel Kennedy.


1928 Birth Born on April 11, 1928.


1945 17 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 1945, she began her college education at Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart (then located in Manhattan), where she was a classmate of Jean Ann Kennedy.
1946 18 Years Old She campaigned for his elder brother John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy (1917–1963) in his 1946 campaign for the United States Congress, and wrote her college thesis on his book Why England Slept. Robert and Ethel became engaged in February 1950, and were married on June 17, 1950, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwich. … Read More


1950 22 Years Old As Ethel Skakel, she was a classmate of Kennedy's sister Jean at Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart. She and Kennedy married in 1950 and had seven sons and four daughters. … Read More
1952 24 Years Old After Robert F. Kennedy graduated with his law degree, the family settled in the Washington, D.C., area and Bobby went to work for the Department of Justice. That path did not last long, as Kennedy was asked by his family to manage his brother John Kennedy's successful 1952 Senate campaign in Massachusetts. … Read More
1956 28 Years Old In 1956, the Kennedys purchased Hickory Hill from Bobby's brother Jack and his wife, Jackie. … Read More


1962 34 Years Old In 1962, President Kennedy assigned Ethel and Robert to tour fourteen countries within a 28-day goodwill trip. … Read More


Shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot by Sirhan Sirhan; Kennedy died in early hours of June 6. U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a national day of mourning. In 1969, Sirhan was convicted of Robert F. Kennedy's murder and was sentenced to death. In 1972, the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment after the California Supreme Court invalidated that state's death penalty as it existed at that time.


1981 53 Years Old In 1981, President Ronald Reagan bestowed her with the Robert F. Kennedy medal in the White House Rose Garden.


2001 73 Years Old In February 2001, Kennedy visited Rodolfo Montiel and another peasant activist at their jail in Iguala, presenting Rodolfo with the Chico Mendes Award on behalf of American environmental group Sierra Club.
2008 80 Years Old 1 More Event
During the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries, Ethel Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama. … Read More
2009 81 Years Old 1 More Event
Soon after her husband's death, she founded the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, a nonprofit charity working to realize RFK's dream of a just and peaceful world. In 2009, Ethel Kennedy was among the chief mourners at the funeral of her brother-in-law Ted Kennedy.
In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded her a Presidential Medal of Freedom. … Read More
2016 88 Years Old In March 2016, Kennedy was among hundreds who marched near the home of Wendy's chairman Nelson Peltz in Palm Beach, Florida, as part of an effort by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a farm workers' group, to convince the company to pay an additional one cent per pound of tomatoes to increase the wages of field workers.
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