Astronauts may have first walked on the moon 40 years ago this July, but in Washington a lot of the chatter was about Chappaquiddick instead. The accident involving Sen. Ted Kennedy that killed Mary Jo Kopechne occurred on July 18, 1969 and the controversy slowly picked up steam. By August, according to Whispers, the scandal "almost eclipsed Apollo 11 in conversations in congressional cloakrooms" and left some unsure of Kennedy's political future.
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