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Kovic, Ron

Born: 1946 AD
Currently alive, at 69 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Activists

1946 – Born in Ladysmith, Wisconsin on the 4th of  July.

1964 – Served in US Marine Corps in Vietnam War.

1968 – In combat on the 20th of January, he was shot and suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the chest down.

1972 – Disrupted Richard Nixon’s renomination acceptance speech at Republican National Convention.

1974 – He led a group of disabled Vietnam Veterans in wheelchairs on a 17-day hunger strike inside the Los Angeles office of Senator Alan Cranston.

1976 – Kovic was a speaker at the Democratic National Convention, seconding the nomination of draft resister Fritz Efaw for Vice President of the United States.

2003 – In November, he joined protests in London against the visit of George W. Bush.

2007 – In March, Kovic checked into the Ernst Bors Spinal Chord Injury ward of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach, California, for an undisclosed illness.