TO MARK THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER, WE'RE FLASHING BACK TO THE SUMMER OF 1969


Great leaders have posited that you have to know the past to understand the future. So with the first official day of summer THIS Friday, we're flashing back to the summer of 1969, marked by Woodstock, a man on the moon, the Manson murders and the Stonewall Riots. During the summer of 1969, The Who released its epic rock opera, "Tommy," The Beatles' "Get Back" shot to number one on the Billboard charts and it was a great time for films, with "Midnight Cowboy" earning seven Academy Award nominations and going on to win three, including best picture, beating out "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "Easy Rider" and "True Grit." In other entertainment news, nearly 400,000 people showed up to at a farm in Bethel, NY, for a music festival called "Woodstock," including legendary acts Jimi Hendrix, The Who, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Sly and the Family Stone. The Kennedy family made news with the conviction of Sirhan Sirhan for the murder of New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy during the 1968 presidential campaign, and later with Ted Kennedy receiving a two-month suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to leaving the scene of the fatal accident in which he drove the car that plunged off a bridge killing Mary Jo Kopechne in Chappaquiddick, MA. If you're enjoying Gay Pride festivities around the nation, know that 50 years ago this summer, a confrontation between gay rights activists and police outside the New York City gay bar, Stonewall Inn, escalated into a riot, marking the beginning of the gay rights movement and resulting in Gay Pride (happy 50th!!). Muhammad Ali was convicted of dodging the draft. The Manson family set off on a two-day murder rampage killing a pregnant Sharon Tate and seven others. And the Category 5 Hurricane Camille tore through Mississippi and Louisiana killing 250 people. "Star Trek" aired its last episode, and Neil Armstrong famously uttered, "That's one small step for man, and one giant leap for mankind," as he stepped out off of Apollo 11 and onto the moon.

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