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05/15/17 8:00am

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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prohibited the teaching of evolution in Tennessee and was the focus of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial, was finally repealed.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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03/03/17 8:00am

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50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Svetlana Allilueva, daughter of former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, defected to the west seeking asylum at the United States Embassy in New Delhi, India, and arriving in New York a month later.

TWA Flight 553, a DC-9 jet flying from Pittsburgh to Dayton, Ohio, collided with a small Beachcraft Baron killing all 25 people on both planes.

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Frank Prendergast became the only American navigator to escape after being captured by the North Vietnamese.

American author Alice B. Toklas, life partner of American author Gertrude Stein, died in Paris where the couple made their home most of their lives

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01/09/17 10:00am

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50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Dr. James Bedford, author and University of California psychology professor, became the first person to be cryogenically preserved following his death. His body is still at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona. (more…)

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08/26/16 2:00pm

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50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Sir Francis Chichester embarked on a 228-day circumnavigation of the world leaving from Portsmouth, England, and becoming the first person to do so alone. He was later knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. (more…)