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09/05/17 4:30pm

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Comedian Jerry Lewis held his Second Annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon over Labor Day weekend in 1967.

Surveyor 5, one of a series of unmanned missions meant to test the moon’s surface for a manned flight that would come in July 1969, was launched and made a soft landing on the moon despite a helium leak.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King beat Britain Ann Jones to win the 81st National Tennis Championship.

Debra Dene Barnes of Kansas was crowned the 40th Miss America.

Jim Morrison of The Doors defied CBS censors when he sang the original words to “Light My Fire” — “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher” instead of the version censors wanted — “Girl, we couldn’t get much better.”

And on Shelter Island . . .

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07/03/17 10:00am

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

The Beatles released “All You Need Is Love” while the Doors’ “Light My Fire” climbed to the top of the pop charts.

Five weeks after Biafra broke away from Nigeria, the Nigerian Civil War broke out with the stronger Nigerian forces finally forcing the Biafrans to capitualte. Both sides saw massive loss of life and Nigeria sustained a heavy hit to its image as pictures of starving Biafrans were shown around the world.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King won Wimbledon beating Ann Jones of Britain while John Newcombe of Australia took the men’s title that year, beating Wilhelm Bungert of West Germany

“Funny Girl,”  which had opened at the Winter Garden Theater in New York City with Barbra Streisand in the title role, closed after 1,348 performances.

And on Shelter Island . . .

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