November 18, 2001 |
R. Stewart Rauch, 87, a retired Philadelphia banking executive who helped bring together the city's business and black leaders to help calm unrest after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., died Friday in Beaumont Health Center in Bryn Mawr of complications from pneumonia. Mr. Rauch spent 26 years as an executive at PSFS. He was elected president in 1955 and served as chairman from 1971 to 1979. A lawyer and a leading figure in the city's business community, Mr. Rauch was approached by civil rights leaders to help improve race relations after King was killed on April 4, 1968.
February 22, 2008 |
In the white-knuckle thriller Vantage Point all eyes are on Salamanca, Spain, where leaders of the free world have convened for an antiterrorism summit. At high noon in Plaza Mayor, as U.S. President Ashton (William Hurt) strides to the podium to announce a signed treaty, he is felled by an assassin's bullet, frustrating the best efforts to curb terrorism. The ensuing chaos poses moral and mortal challenges for members of the president's security detail (Dennis Quaid and Matthew Fox)
August 4, 1987 |
Influential Philippine legislators demanded yesterday that the nation's military and law enforcement agencies be revamped as a result of the weekend assassination of cabinet minister Jaime Ferrer. Police said yesterday that they had no new leads in the Sunday night assassination of Ferrer, an outspoken anti-communist who, as secretary of local government, was one of the most powerful members of President Corazon C. Aquino's cabinet. He was the latest victim in a string of unsolved killings of prominent Filipinos, including the 1983 assassination of Aquino's husband, Benigno.
May 29, 2008 |
I want to believe Hillary Clinton when she says that her recent comment about Robert F. Kennedy being assassinated in June was a reference to the long primary season rather than the ever-present danger that Barack Obama faces. The problem with Clinton is that she is often her own worst enemy. She issued a statement saying, "The Kennedys have been much on my mind the last days because of Senator Kennedy and I regret that if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation, and particularly for the Kennedy family, was in any way offensive.
August 25, 2005 |
Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson yesterday apologized for calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, after earlier saying his remarks had been misinterpreted. As Robertson's remarks further roiled political and religious waters, some evangelical leaders strongly rejected them as un-Christian, while others declined to criticize the comments. And the Rev. Ted Haggard, the leader of the nation's largest evangelical Christian group, said he was seeking a meeting with Chavez.
December 27, 1996 |
For nearly three decades, James Earl Ray has been a despised man - convicted of the murder of the most celebrated African-American leader ever, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But with Ray - now 68 and suffering from kidney and liver damage in a Nashville, Tenn., hospital hasn't long to live - and many black leaders and civil- rights activists in Philadelphia and across the nation are hoping Ray hangs on a bit longer. The reason? They believe Ray has something still to say about allegations that there was actually a conspiracy to assassinate King, who was killed by a sniper as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn.
February 19, 2001 |
His name was Nathan Simms. His claim to history is summed up on his headstone in Bradford Cemetery in West Bradford. It reads: "Nathan Simms, 1851-1934. The slave boy who helped Booth escape the night of Lincoln's assassination, but told the Union soldiers the next day the direction Booth took, thus aiding in his capture. " The cemetery is not far from Simms' former home in Marshallton, where he lived in the early 1930s. The specifics of Simms' association with John Wilkes Booth have become a bit overblown in decades of storytelling.
January 13, 2013 |
DALLAS - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is convinced a lone gunman wasn't solely responsible for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, his uncle, and said his father believed the Warren Commission report was a "shoddy piece of craftsmanship. " Kennedy and his sister Rory spoke about their family Friday night during an interview with Charlie Rose at in Dallas. The event was part of observances marking the 50th anniversary of the president's death. Kennedy was killed Nov. 22, 1963, while riding in a motorcade through Dallas.
March 12, 1992 |
When John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, he did more than just shatter the life of a great leader. He shattered the fabric of his own family. That is the premise of The Brothers Booth, a new play that premieres tonight at the Bristol Riverside Theater. Playwright W. Stuart McDowell has written about this American tragedy from the viewpoint of Edwin Booth, the nation's most acclaimed actor of the time, he said. John Wilkes Booth and his brothers Edwin and Junius were "one of the greatest theatrical families at the time," said McDowell.
January 10, 1991 |
More than 25 years after the fact, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy still provides fertile ground for conspiracy theorists. Was Lee Harvey Oswald a Soviet agent? An assassin sent by Fidel Castro? A pawn of organized crime? A deluded personality acting on his own? Such questions may never be answered, but their validity is made strikingly clear in a documentary from White Star Video called Reasonable Doubt (51 minutes, $29.95). Produced by Chip Selby in 1988 (the 25th anniversary of the slaying)