Israelis and Arabs battled in the historic Six-Day war. It
ended with Israelis occupying the Sinai Peninsula, Golan Heights, The Gaza
Strip and the West Bank. King Constantine II, of Greece, was deposed. General William Westmoreland said U.S was winning in
Vietnam. China tested the Hydrogen Bomb.The U.S. and U.S.S.R. entered into nuclear nonproliferation treaty
negotiations. Race riots exploded in Michigan, New York Alabama, Illinois and
Wisconsin. Thurgood Marshall became
the first African American Supreme Court Justice. The high court ended laws
against interracial marriage. Edward
Brooke was the first popularly elected African American Senator. Lester Maddox became Governor of
Georgia. PBS was born. Quarks were discovered.The first human heart transplant was performed. Albert
De Salvio (“Boston Strangler”) was sentenced to life.The Beatles
went to India. Nearly all members of the Rolling
Stones were arrested at various times for drugs. Mariner 5 flew by
Venus.Mickey Mantle hit his 500th home run. Muhammad Ali was convicted of draft evasion. The “Milton Berle Show’” came to an end.
“The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour”
began. Edward Albee received the
Pulitzer for his play, A Delicate Balance.
Bernard Malamud’s The Fixer received the Pulitzer for
literature. The Mystery Writers of America gave its top prize for best mystery
to Nicolas Freeling’s The King of Rainy County. Other books of
note for the year included another version of Snow White by David
Barthelme, Trout Fishing in America
by Richard Brautigan, A Bad Man by Stanley Elkin, and The
Confessions of Nat Turner by William
Styron. The Academy Award for best picture went to A Man For All Seasons. We also went to see The Graduate, Bonnie &
Clyde, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner,
In the Heat of The Night, and Cool Hand Luke. Though the news seemed
to focus on the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, and the introduction of Pink Floyd to the U.S., none of the
three made the year’s top ten, which were “To Sir With Love” by Lulu, “The Letter” by the Box Tops, “Ode to Billy Joe” by Bobbie Gentry, “Windy” by the Association, “I’m a Believer by the Monkees “Something Stupid” by Frank and Nancy Sinatra, “Happy Together” by the Turtles and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli. Notable births: Jamie Fox, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman,
Phillip Seymour Hoffman,Benicio Del Toro,Jason Stathan and Vin Diesel.Deaths included Che Guevara, Woody Guthrie,
Spencer Tracy, Langston Hughes, Alice B.
Toklas and John Coltrane.If you were around, what were you doing
during the year of the fire sheep?