50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY
Kicking off a tour at The Astoria London, Jimi Hendrix for the first time set fire to his guitar on stage — a move that would become his signature — but this time he had to be treated at a hospital for burns.
Members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists for all three major networks — NBC, CBS and ABC — went on strike and it took 13 days to settle, in time for a CBS live broadcast in April of the Academy Awards.
Americans were listening to The Turtles “Happy Together” at the end of March 1967.
United Nations Secretary General U Thant made public his proposals for a peace settlement in Vietnam.
In what was hailed at the time as the “greatest single Commonwealth achievement in communications,” the South-East Commonwealth telephone cable was inaugurated in Sydney, Australia making it possible to make direct calls between Australia and its Pacific neighbors and allowing calls to the rest of the world.
And on Shelter Island . . . (more…)