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05/22/17 8:00am

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50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Dr. Martin Luther King spoke to a crowd estimated at 5,000 at the University of California at Berkeley urging support of a non-violent peace bloc he believed would influence the outcome of the 1968 election.

Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford, approaching age 41, announced his retirement from baseball.

John Lennon took delivery of a psychedelically painted Rolls Royce.

While “Groovin’” by The Young Rascals was still at the top of the music charts, it would be overtaken by the number two song, Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” the following week.

“The War Wagon” starring John Wayne and Kirk Douglas was released by Universal Pictures and quickly climbed to the top of the weekend box office list pulling in $2.5 million and staying at the top for another two weeks, bringing in another $4.56 million.

And on Shelter Island . . .

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Featured Story
05/15/17 8:00am

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

The wheels of justice turn slowly but in May 1967 the Butler Act, which prohibited the teaching of evolution in Tennessee and was the focus of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial, was finally repealed.

Andy Clyde, who portrayed the Hopalong Cassidy movie and radio sidekick California Carlson, died in Los Angeles at the age of 75.

Americans were listening to “Groovin’” by The Young Rascals.

“Barefoot in the Park” starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda was drawing crowds to movie theaters.

Thornton Wilder’s “The Eighth Day” was among the most popular books, considered an American epic dealing with how two families involved in a murder mystery are torn apart.

And on Shelter Island . . .

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