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.
And on Shelter Island . . .
The Suffolk County Historical Society kicked off its 130th anniversary late last month with a presentation by historian and former county executive, Peter Fox Cohalan, who, with remarkable detail, humor and some unvarnished commentary, spoke about the many changes Suffolk has seen through the years.
The county began as “East Riding of Yorkshire” and, the historian noted, “from there morphed into” Suffolk County in 1683, one of the 12 original counties in the Province of New York. Even after independence, when the province became a state, Suffolk was “the only county never to be subdivided.” (more…)
2015 marked the 45th year of the Suffolk County Legislature’s existence, which continued its tradition of passing pioneering laws.
Through the years the Legislature has regularly approved what were first-in-the-state and even first-in-the-nation measures. (more…)
Not since 50 years ago has there been such a major push for sewers in Suffolk. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO | South Ferry President Cliff Clark provided this picture in February 1994, of the ice flow hampering efforts to keep traffic moving between Shelter Island and North Haven.
50 YEARS AGO
An editorial in the Reporter 50 years ago this month celebrated the fact that the Suffolk County Board of Supervisors allocated money to purchase land for public parks in nine of the county’s 10 town, excluding Shelter Island. (more…)