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10/02/17 4:30pm

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50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Residnets of the Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco conducted a mock funeral to observe the end of the hippie movement there since the neighborhood had become infiltrated with new residents who had allowed it to deteriorate.

The Beatles turned down a $1 million New York concert offer from producer Sid Bernstein who had brought the group to  Carnegie Hall back in 1964.

The 1967 World Series marked the first since 1948 in which the Yankees, Dodgers or Giants weren’t playing.

Ray Chapman — who played for the Charlotte Hornets, Washington Bullets, Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns before going on to a career as a sportscaster — was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

LPGA golfer Ellie Gibson was born in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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07/03/17 10:00am

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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.

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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prohibited the teaching of evolution in Tennessee and was the focus of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial, was finally repealed.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.

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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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