May 28, 2010 in City

Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

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The popular senator from Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy, rolled into Spokane in 1960 in an attempt to win over the state’s Democratic delegates.

He spent most of the day at the state Democratic Convention at the Coliseum, meeting with local delegates and presiding over a rally.

Kennedy was the clear front-runner for the national Democratic nomination. He was coming off seven straight primary victories. During a Spokane press conference, he predicted that Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson would be his closest competition at the national convention, but that Johnson would be unable to catch him. Events would prove Kennedy correct on both counts.

Kennedy also predicted that the apparent Republican nominee, Vice President Richard M. Nixon, would prove to be a “tough” opponent in the general election. Kennedy was right about that, too.

Kennedy wasn’t the only candidate in Spokane, stumping for votes. Johnson and Sen. Stuart Symington were also at the convention.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1863: The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, made up of freed blacks, left Boston to fight for the Union in the Civil War.

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