50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY
Dr. Martin Luther King spoke to a crowd estimated at 5,000 at the University of California at Berkeley urging support of a non-violent peace bloc he believed would influence the outcome of the 1968 election.
Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford, approaching age 41, announced his retirement from baseball.
John Lennon took delivery of a psychedelically painted Rolls Royce.
While “Groovin’” by The Young Rascals was still at the top of the music charts, it would be overtaken by the number two song, Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” the following week.
“The War Wagon” starring John Wayne and Kirk Douglas was released by Universal Pictures and quickly climbed to the top of the weekend box office list pulling in $2.5 million and staying at the top for another two weeks, bringing in another $4.56 million.
And on Shelter Island . . .