Mother: Ann (Brannack) Skakel
Marriage: Robert F. Kennedy (June 17, 1950-June 6, 1968, his death)
Children: Rory (daughter), 1968; Douglas, 1967; Matthew, 1965; Christopher, 1963; Mary, 1959; Michael, February 27, 1958 - December 31, 1997; Courtney, 1956; David, June 15, 1955 - April 25, 1984; Robert Jr., 1954; Joseph II, 1952; Kathleen, 1951
Education: Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, 1949 (now called Manhattanville College)
Established the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights
, which supports the causes championed by Robert F. Kennedy.
Met Robert Kennedy though his sister, Jean.
Her nephew, Michael Skakel
, was convicted in 2002 of the 1975 murder of his neighbor, Martha Moxley. In October 2013, Skakel was awarded a new trial. In 2016, Skakel's order for a new trial was overturned and his conviction was reinstated.
1955 - Ethel's parents, George and Ann Skakel, are killed in an airplane accident.
1959 - Campaigns for Robert's brother, John F. Kennedy, during his run for the US presidency.
1961-1964 - Robert Kennedy serves as attorney general of the United States.
1964 - Robert Kennedy is elected to the US Senate to represent New York.
March 16, 1968 - Robert Kennedy announces he will run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
June 5, 1968 - Robert Kennedy is shot while campaigning in Los Angeles. He dies on June 6 at the age of 42.
2012 - Daughter Rory Kennedy's documentary, "Ethel," premieres.
November 24, 2014 -
Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
September 20, 2016 - Ethel attends a ceremony held by the US Navy as they announce the naming of a Navy refueling ship in honor of Robert F. Kennedy.