The Summer of '69

SEPT. 1, 1969 On LI: Carrying signs declaring

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.? (Credit: AP Photo)

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