George Wallace was the controversial Governor of Alabama and was campaigning to be the next President of the United States, an election that would be held in November, 1972.  The incumbent was President Richard Nixon.  Among the most prominent contender's was Sen. Ed Muskie, South Dakota's own Sen. George McGovern (who would ultimately be the Democrat's candidate and lose the general election in a landslide) and....

Alabama Gov. George Wallace.

An avowed segregationist at the time, to say Wallace was outspoken and controversial would be a massive understatement.  He was widely admired in portions of the deep South, reviled in many other areas of the country.

Let's go back now to May 15, 1972.  It was the day the Wallace campaign came to a sudden and tragic end.