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04/23/18 8:00am

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

The rock musical “Hair” opened at the Biltmore Theater and ran for 1,750 performances with many of its songs becoming anthems for the anti-Vietnam War peace movement.

Students at Ohio State University seized the administration building to protest unfair treatment of Blacks, holding the building for five hours until they got concessions from the school vice president that were later repudiated by the college president.

Rock vocalist Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips was born in Los Angeles, California to former singer Marilyn Rovell of The Honeys and Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys.

The United Methodist Church was formed with the union of The Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church.

“The Odd Couple,” starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, was pulling audiences into movie theaters throughout the country.

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04/10/18 4:30pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO

One homeowner described it as a “loss of innocence.” Another said, “I suppose it had to come at some point.”

Marilynn Pysher and Cathy Ann Kenny, residents of Silver Beach, were speaking about the news that another burglary had been reported in their neighborhood two weeks after a horrific home invasion burglary put an elderly minister in the hospital in critical condition. (more…)

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04/09/18 10:11am

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

President Lyndon Johnson signed the 1968 Civil Rights Act, also known as the Fair Housing Act, to guarantee equal housing opportunities to all.

An American military test of a deadly nerve gas in Skull Valley, Utah, killed thousands of sheep that were downwind from where the test was conducted.

The Houston Astros beat the New York Mets 1-0 in 24 innings.

“In the Heat of the Night” won Best Picture Award at the 40th Academy Awards while its star, Rod Steiger, took home the Best Actor Award and Katherine Hepburn won Best Actress for “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

American Bob Goalby won the 32nd Masters Gold Tournament by one stroke. It was his only major championship win.

And on Shelter Island . . .

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03/27/18 8:00am

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

The Gallup Poll announced that in a three-way race for the presidency, Richard Nixon would get 41 percent of votes to Lyndon Johnson’s 39 percent and Alabama Governor George Wallace, 11 percent.

President Johnson announced in a televised speech that he would not be a candidate for re-election, although most accounts link that not to the Gallup Poll but to an editorial by CBS newsman Walter Cronkite who spoke out against the Vietnam War.

More than 150 Columbia University members of Students for a Democratic Society occupied the school’s administration building over continued association with the Institute for Defense Analysis, a nonprofit corporation administering federally funded research.

Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first person to travel to outer space, was killed in a training accident in an MIG-15UTI that crashed near Kirzhach.

Actress Lucy Lawless, who starred in the title role of the television series, “Xena: Warrior Princess,” was born in New Zealand.

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03/19/18 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent Christine Finn with Board of Education President Graffagnino .

JULIE LANE PHOTO School Superintendent Christine Finn with Board of Education President Graffagnino .

A year ago, parents of students attending Our Lady of the Hamptons School in Southampton lost their bid to get free busing for their children. The school was just beyond the 15-mile radius of the students’ residences requiring the Shelter Island School District to provide transportation. (more…)