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10/30/17 8:00am

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

President Lyndon Johnson and his advisers known as “The Wise Men” — former Secretary of State Dean Acheson, Army General Omar Bradley, Ambassador at Large Averell Harriman and former South Vietnam Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge — agreed that Americans needed to be given more optimistic reports on progress in the Vietnam War.

Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin and 2016 candidate for the Republican nomination for President, was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Lulu’s “To Sir With Love” was topping the music charts in the United States.

“Cool Hand Luke,” starring Paul Newman and George Kennedy was drawing Americans to movie theaters.

Readers were propelling Mary Stewart’s “The Gabriel Hounds” to the best seller list as the story of an impetuous rich girl and her adventures in a strange world was proving popular in the United States

And on Shelter Island . . .

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Featured Story
05/22/17 8:00am

Old book with a damaged cover. Book is open, visible texture sheets.

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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