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.
And on Shelter Island . . .