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11/06/18 12:00pm

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Cynthia Lennon was granted a divorce from John Lennon after she returned home to find that Yoko Ono had moved into the couple’s home.

The United States launched Pioneer 9, a satellite designed to orbit the sun as a robotic interplanetary weatherman looking for solar radiation storms hazardous to moon-bound astronauts.

Actress Parker Posey, known as the Queen of Indies, was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Her career has included roles in the film “You’ve Got Mail” and on television in “Will and Grace,” “Boston Legal” and “Parks and Recreation.”

Comedian Tracy Morgan was born in the Bronx.

Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to Congress where she served seven terms and in 1972 was the first black candidate to seek a major party nomination for president on the Democratic ticket.

And on Shelter Island  . . .

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12/12/17 10:00am

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Arthur Kornberg is credited with leading a team of scientists at Stanford University who synthesized DNA in a test tube.

San Diego, known as a snow-resistant city, had snow 44 years ago with surrounding mountain tops coated in white and temperatures that dropped to 19 degrees Fahrenheit.

Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson announced his retirement from politics and was succeeded by Pierre Trudeau.

The Beatles released “Christmas Time is Here Again.”

Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt was presumed to have drowned when he disappeared while swimming in rough seas at Cheviot Beach in Portsea, Victoria; his body was never found.

And on Shelter Island . . .

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11/01/17 2:25pm
JENNIFER STEELE PHOTO A wrecking ball at work on Herrmann’s Castle Wednesday morning.

JENNIFER STEELE PHOTO A wrecking ball at work on Herrmann’s Castle Wednesday morning.

If Walter Herrmann were here today, he might shed a tear as a wrecking ball began demolishing his beloved Herrmann’s Castle at 85 Shore Road on Wednesday to make way for a modern structure that will be the home of Zach Vella and his family. (more…)

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09/05/17 4:30pm

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Comedian Jerry Lewis held his Second Annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon over Labor Day weekend in 1967.

Surveyor 5, one of a series of unmanned missions meant to test the moon’s surface for a manned flight that would come in July 1969, was launched and made a soft landing on the moon despite a helium leak.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King beat Britain Ann Jones to win the 81st National Tennis Championship.

Debra Dene Barnes of Kansas was crowned the 40th Miss America.

Jim Morrison of The Doors defied CBS censors when he sang the original words to “Light My Fire” — “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher” instead of the version censors wanted — “Girl, we couldn’t get much better.”

And on Shelter Island . . .

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