This day in 1969: September
Flash back to the tumultuous days of the Summer of 1969
SEPT. 1, 1969
On LI: Carrying signs declaring that “Soul Village is a racist organization,” 25 whites from Central Islip picket the home of the Islip Town supervisor this week to demand the closing of the black youth center.
In the Nation: The body of boxing champ Rocky Marciano, who would have been 46 today, is flown home for burial after his death in a small plane crash in Iowa (pictured). The Brockton Blockbuster, who retired undefeated with 49 wins, 43 of them knockouts, was “a nice, humble gentleman,” Muhammad Ali says. Sonny Liston declares Marciano “one of the greatest champions there ever was.”
In the World: Libyan Army Capt. Muammar Khadaffi leads a coup against King Idris I seizing power and abolishing the monarchy. There’s little resistance to the Revolutionary Command Council, which promotes Khadaffi to colonel. The United States does not oppose the coup, whose leaders say they are anti-Soviet.
Cheaper to Rent: “Prove Ability Before You Buy,” says the Patchogue Music Center’s display ad. “Rent a brand new piano for only $8 a month.”
SEPT. 2, 1969
On Long Island: Split sessions are the rule for schoolchildren in many districts — half have morning classes, half afternoon. The double-session regime is due to overcrowded schools in Comsewogue, Central Islip, Brentwood, Wyandanch, Rocky Point and Mount Sinai.
In the Nation: Muckraker Drew Pearson has died at age 71 of a heart attack. His “Washington Merry-Go-Round” newspaper columns landed four congressmen in jail and got one senator censured. President Harry S. Truman once called him an SOB. President Franklin D. Roosevelt called him a liar. Pearson also feuded publicly with Sen. Joseph McCarthy.
In the World: TwDamascuse World: TwoSyria the World: Two Israeli passengers of a hijacked jet are held hostage in Damascus, Syria. Israel has waited long enough for their return. Foreign Minister Abba Eban doesn’t explicitly threaten a military attack on Syria but such reprisals have become Israeli state policy.
At the Islip Speedway: 5 for 1 Demolition Derby Spectacular! (1) Modified Stock Car Races (2) Figure 8 Stock Car Races (3) Ladies’ Demolition Derby (4) Black-Out Derby (5) Men’s Demolition Derby. 12,000 seats on sale the night of the show. Adults $3, children 6-12, 50 cents. Come on down!
SEPT. 3, 1969
On LI: Anita Joseph Carew of Merrick says cuts in her welfare benefits mean she can barely afford enough food. “I’ve eaten so many beans that I feel like I’m turning into a beanstalk.”
In the Nation: New Jersey and New York longshoremen remain in the grip of the Cosa Nostra, despite Waterfront Commission efforts. Still flouting the law: dockside companies founded by the late Anthony (Tough Tony) Anastasia and his late brother Albert (the Executioner) Anastasia.
In the World: Bernadette Devlin, 22, a Catholic from Northern Ireland and a member of the British Parliament, is on her way home from a fundraising visit to the United States where she collected from Irish-Americans “a great deal of money for the relief of those who were burned out during the riots.”
Toy Sale: Your choice, for little more than 25 cents: Whamo Frisbee, Match Box Cars, Loonie Straws. For 69 cents, a Whamo Hula Hoop. And for 88 cents, Winking Heidi (something wonderful has happened to Heidi — she winks!)
SEPT. 4, 1969
On LI: A nun shortage endangers the 88,000-student Catholic school system. The Rockville Centre diocese hiked tuition from $250 to $350 but still expects a $1 million deficit. Nuns get a yearly stipend of $1,800. Lay teacher salaries are $6,000.
In the Nation: In a concession to black Marines, the Corps commander OKs “limited” Afro haircuts, and says racial discrimination is at the root of violence between Marines. He pledges to strive for “total impartiality” toward all races, creeds and colors.
In the World: Thailand and the United States negotiate the gradual withdrawal of 48,000 American troops stationed there.
Elvis Doesn’t Sing: Elvis Presley stars in the Western drama “Charro!” playing at 15 Long Island movie theaters. Charro was wrongly accused of a crime. “On his neck he wore the brand of a killer. On his hip he wore vengeance.” Presley’s only song comes during the opening credits.
SEPT. 5, 1969
On LI: The enrollment of black students at Roosevelt’s public schools has increased from 75 percent to 82 percent in a single year, while voters rejected an $8 million school construction project. School officials seek state aid, fearing the hamlet will become “a ghetto with a completely inadequate educational system.”
In the Nation: So many people in the United States are smoking marijuana that the laws against it are virtually unenforceable, sociologists say in a study. The number of arrests has increased but fewer are getting convicted and sentences are lighter.
In the World: Communist terrorists in Brazil waylay the U.S. ambassador’s limo, knock him out with chloroform and abduct him. They threaten to kill Charles Burke Elbrick if Brazil’s military government fails to release 15 of their comrades.
Back-To-School Supplies: Your 25 cents will by any of the following: a dozen pencils, a 4-ounce bottle of glue, a 3-pen Bic set, a 216-page marble composition book or a 1,000-inch roll of cellophane tape.
SEPT. 6, 1969
On LI: Three boys crouch in tall weeds along the LIRR as the 6:13 p.m. Hempstead train streaks past. Then they stand and pelt the last cars with golf-ball size rocks. It’s about the 350th rock attack on a train so far this year.
In the Nation: San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto sues “Look” magazine for its report that the influential Democrat is “enmeshed in a web of alliances with at least six figures of La Cosa Nostra.” After four trials he was awarded $350,000.
In the World: The first of 50 F-4 Phantom warplanes is delivered to Israel. Prime Minister Golda Meir plans to ask for 25 more, along with 80 A-4 Skyhawk fighters.
Let’s Chat: David Frost’s TV talk show guests are Sonny and Cher and vocalist Roberta Flack; and presidential historian Theodore White who authored “The Making of the President” in 1960, 1964 and 1968.
SEPT. 8, 1969
On LI: Any student busted for dealing or holding drugs at the Stony Brook University campus will face criminal charges; now school officials will turn over evidence to the police for criminal investigations.
In the Nation: An underground nuclear blast in western Colorado is delayed because winds would pollute the Colorado River with radioactive fallout. Northwesterly wind predictions make the 40-kiloton test explosion likely for tomorrow.
In the World: A three-day mourning period for Ho Chi Minh prompts the United States to offer a cease-fire to the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong. But American troops will attack if the enemy uses the truce to build up its battle-ready troops.
Sexism Sells: Allied Builders advertises its home renovation services. Decorating the ad is a drawing of a woman in a low-cut dress: “She’s not included but ... our construction is just as beautiful.”
SEPT. 9, 1969
On LI: Syosset People Against Sex Education, a group of about a dozen parents, shows up at a school board meeting with a 3,000-signature petition demanding an end to sex ed — “matters pertaining to human reproduction” — classes for grade-schoolers. The parents shout in angry protest. The school board adjourns.
In the Nation: The Pentagon is worried about anti-Vietnam War protests on college campuses, so it will reduce the number of men it drafts into service. Its planned quota was 29,000 conscripts. No word yet on the final number.
In the World: Ho Chi Minh gets a hero’s funeral in Hanoi with a 21-gun salute and low-flying warplanes. Mourners number 100,000. In honor of the Communist leader (his real name was Nguyen Tat Thanh) the North Vietnamese will try even harder to defeat the United States, Radio Hanoi announces.
Here Comes the Sun: The Beatles have recorded the songs. They’ve had their photo taken crossing a zebra stripe on Abbey Road. Now the album is in production for release in a few weeks (and it will sell 3 million records in the United States its first month).
SEPT. 10, 1969
On LI: There’s land available for 18,000 apartments in East Hampton, all of it zoned properly for multiunit development. Fearing its 12,000 year-round population will be overrun — at two or more people per apartment — the town is racing to rezone the apartment-friendly building code.
In the World: Nineteen pounds of Apollo 11 moon rocks and dust, divided into 142 handouts, are set for worldwide distribution. The lunar material was harvested by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin.
On the East End: Martin Balsam and Maureen Stapleton star in Truman Capote’s “Trilogy,” the opening showing at Filmmakers of the Hamptons: Festival 1,” the first movie festival to be held in Guild Hall, East Hampton.
SEPT. 11, 1969
On LI: In April, a Willard Mullin drawing illustrated a Newsday story “The Year the Mets Beat ’Em All.” It was a joke — then. Now the Mets are in first place.
In the Nation: Farther from his Arctic home than any of his species has ever been, a 2-month-old narwhal is the first ever to last in captivity. It is now in a tank at Coney Island.
Singles Welcome: Every Tuesday night is Latin Nite, dancing on our spacious dance floor to Tito Puente and his orchestra. Singles welcome. Admission $2 at San Susan, Mineola.
SEPT. 12, 1969
On LI: The wife and two young daughters of Maj. Anthony Broullon, a Hempstead High School and Hofstra University graduate, learn he was killed by a “crazed South Vietnamese sentinel” at an Army base outside Saigon.
In the World: President Richard Nixon reveals that he had halted, for 36 hours, the U.S. B-52 bomber attacks on North Vietnam. But the enemy failed to respond to slow its attacks during the temporary cease-fire — so Nixon ordered the bombing to resume.
From Here to Manhattan: Starring Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster, “From Here to Eternity” screens in Metrocolor at Radio City Music Hall (which calls itself “Showplace of the Nation”).
SEPT. 13, 1969
On LI: A Congressman from Garden City pledges a federal investigation of the high cost of meat.
In the Nation: President Nixon sends the B-52 bombers back over South Vietnam in a surprise abandonment of a brief break in the aerial attacks. Many interpret the renewed bombing as a sign that Nixon is serious about a peace settlement (he doesn’t want to appear weak).
In the World: Poor Nessie. The Loch Ness monster’s ostensible abode, a lake in Inverness County, Scotland, would become a dumping ground for abandoned cars under a county council proposal. Scotland’s tourist board says the idea is rubbish.
One with Nature: Fearing that the Island will one day be covered in asphalt and concrete, towns scramble to preserve open land. At one new nature preserve, Hoyt Park in Smithtown, Linda Sue Pradon, daughter of the park warden, feeds a sparrow hawk named Killey.
SEPT. 15, 1969
On LI: Francis X. Becker, the mayor of Lynbrook, calls an emergency meeting with apartment house owners to address complaints from renters who say rents have shot up by as much as 50 percent.
In the nation: The skipper of the USS destroyer Frank E. Evans pleads innocent to charges that he was negligent in the deadly collision between his ship and the Australian carrier Melbourne.
In the world: South Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky says another 40,000 U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Vietnam by November.
Roommate rivalry: Ohrbach’s makes a pitch to single women worried about their roommates — dolled up in “innocent little nothings” from Ohrbach’s — stealing their boyfriends. Shop at Ohrbach’s, too, and, the ad reads, “you may lose a roommate and gain a mother-in-law.”
SEPT. 16, 1969
On LI: Police stop county mechanic Melvin Bernstein, 24, of Valley Stream, for driving a 12-foot vehicle with an empty coffin bouncing in the back. An officer ticks off the problems with such a vehicle on the road, including, “No inspection, no muffler, no windshield wipers, no windshield.”
In the nation: U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clement F. Haynsworth Jr. goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer charges that he, as a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge, ruled in favor of a company that his former law firm had represented.
In the world: The United National General Assembly elects its second female president, Angie Brooks, assistant secretary of state from Liberia.
“Nonstick” and “nonglare”: Form-fitted plastic slipcovers for sofas and sectionals are available for $32.95 at Bon-Ton of Hicksville.
SEPT. 17, 1969
On LI: Anti-poverty lawyers plan to file a lawsuit challenging a one-year residency law for welfare recipients on behalf of Brenda Harris, a Freeport mother of five turned down for aid after moving from Kansas a month ago.
In the state: The state may have been paying federal aid to wealthy districts who were not entitled to the money, such as Garden City, a state education department official says.
In the world: South Vietnamese troops will take over defending Saigon within the next 30 days, freeing a brigade of American paratroopers, according to sources.
On the tube: “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father” premieres on TV tonight.
SEPT. 18, 1969
On LI: Two union officials, allegedly connected to the mob, are charged with shaking down a Great Neck businessman who was promised contracts in exchange for a $1,500 payoff.
In the nation: U.S. Sen. Charles Goodell (R-N.Y.) introduces legislation calling for the pretrial detention of repeat offenders accused of crimes of violence.
In the world: president Richard Nixon urges the United Nations to pressure North Vietnam to end the war. “I repeat here today that we are prepared to withdraw all our forces,” he tells the general assembly.
Alterations included: Robert Hall advertises men’s suits for $54.95 to $74.95, featuring “more contour at the waist,” wide lapels and long jackets.
SEPT. 19, 1969
On LI: Nassau County officials say they may soon run out of motel rooms to house the poor, and don’t know where else they could be placed.
In the nation: President Richard Nixon cancels draft calls for 32,000 men in November and 18,000 in December.
In the world: Observers scrutinize Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko’s remarks at the Union Nations about disarmament. Speculation mounts that he is preparing to accept an invitation by the Nixon administration to discuss strategic arms talks.
Health insurance: An ad urges New York City employees to choose a new Group Health Insurance plan that offers “broadband coverage,” full benefits and “complete freedom to choose any doctor, anywhere.
SEPT. 20, 1969
On LI: Nassau police track down and capture a man who had shot his way out of the Suffolk County Jail a month earlier. Stanley Szcerbaty, 23, had grown a beard after his escape, in which he lowered a rope of sheets out his window to pull back in a gun.
On the field: Bob Moose of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches a no-hitter and beats the Mets, 4-0. The Mets still remain ahead in the Eastern Division of the National League.
In the world: The British Army strengthens patrols around Catholic and Protestant churches to prevent violence in the wake of riots.
“Free fridge” included: For $23,590, buyers can get a 55-foot “Flexorama deluxe” ranch house with full basement in Setauket. No closing fees.
SEPT. 22, 1969
On LI: Following a six-week Levittown meat boycott over increased prices, a boycott leader declares “partial victory” after five of Long Island’s largest supermarket chains significantly lower their prices.
In the state: Gov. Nelson Rockefeller orders a crackdown against blockbusting. An investigation of the practice is under way in Nassau — in which real estate operators try to create panic among homeowners by telling them their neighborhood is “going black,” buy the homes at deflated prices and then sell to blacks at inflated prices.
In the nation: Robbers hold up a third-grade classroom in Washington, D.C., making off with $2 from the teacher’s purse.
For the books: San Francisco Giant Willie Mays hits his 600th major league home run — a record second only to Babe Ruth.
SEPT. 23, 1969
On LI: A much-maligned 7:55 a.m. Long Island Rail Road train from Babylon to Brooklyn runs so infrequently because of equipment shortages that it has been dubbed “The Phantom.” For a publicity event, railroad officials hang a black, Batman-like mask on the train and hand out cards identifying the bearer as a “genuine, honest-to-goodness, real, live Phantom Train Rider.”
In the city: Democratic mayoral candidate Mario A. Procaccino says if elected, he would have “scores of thousands of heroin addicts on our streets” rounded up.
In the nation: The widow of a Marine recruit who died at boot camp in Parris Island, S.C., says she believes her husband may have been beaten to death in the stockade. Jose L. Concepcion, 20, was missing for five days before his body was found in a creek behind a barracks. Officials were investigating the death initially deemed an “accidental drowning.”
“Reclina-Rocker”: Wayside Bedding in West Hempstead paints a domestic scene in a La-Z-Boy ad: “The little woman smiles in the kitchen remembering how she just missed being caught napping in your Reclina-Rocker as you walked in the door.”
SEPT. 24, 1969
On LI: Amid much hoopla, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller tours the Long Island Rail Road’s car repair shops, whose work was a factor in ongoing car shortages.
In the city: The unemployment rate in New York City drops to a record low. The August jobless rate of 2.9 percent is equal to rates from September and October of 1968, the lowest ever recorded.
In the state: The New York State Assembly Education Committee begins discussing a plan under which parochial students could attend public schools on a part-time basis.
Closeout specials: S. Klein offers Fabrege fake eyelashes, regularly $7.50 a pair, for $3.75. “Feather your eyes with bewitching flutterlashes!”
SEPT. 25, 1969
On LI: Nassau County says no bids have come in to install what is billed as the world’s most sophisticated computerized traffic control system. Underground sensors would be connected to a computer in Mineola that would control signals countywide.
In the state: A federal panel strikes down New York State’s one-year residency requirement for welfare recipients as unconstitutional.
In the nation: Eight of the nine black members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-Brooklyn), call for rejecting the nomination of Clement F. Haynsworth Jr. to the Supreme Court. They cite what they consider “his infidelity to the principles of racial equality.”
Paint-eating invaders: An infestation of housepaint-eating giant African mollusks in North Miami is traced back to a boy who sneaked three tiny snails into his pocket while on vacation in Hawaii three years earlier. Residents complain there are thousands of the “teacup size” snails, who apparently like calcium — “that’s why they dig paint.”
SEPT. 26, 1969
On LI: Nassau officials say a Cosa Nostra boss and his top adviser have disappeared, feared murdered in a power struggle.
In the state: The chancellor of the State Board of Regents says he is willing to experiment with compressing education into 11 years rather than 12, although districts seemed cool to the idea — citing “the problem of family vacations.”
In the world: A military junta throws out the government of Bolivia and Gen. Alfredo Ovando Candia, commander in chief of the armed forces, takes over as president.
Sailing away: Four youths believed to be missing from their Long Island homes are reportedly spotted on a yacht 2,500 miles away in the Azores. Suffolk police say the vessel resembles one reported stolen from the Centerport Yacht Club.
SEPT. 27, 1969
On LI: One teen is killed and four others are seriously injured heading home from a local bar when the driver loses control of the car and smashes into a utility pole in Freeport.
In the state: The U.S. Army identifies Green Beret Capt. Robert F. Marasco, 27, of Bloomfield, N.J., as the gunman who shot an alleged Vietnamese double agent. Marasco is one of six Green Beret officers facing murder charges in the incident.
In the world: West Germany’s violent election campaign season, marred by fights with clubs and bottles, comes to an end.
Christmas creep: Medallion advertises grand openings of “Trim-A-Tree centers” in its three Suffolk locations, offering “the most complete line” of Christmas decorations and artificial trees.