June 6 Peace Love Activism

June 6 Peace Love Activism

June 6 Peace Love Activism

Cultural Milestone

June 6 Peace Love Activism

June 6, 1933: motorists parked their automobiles on the grounds of Park-In Theaters, the first-ever drive-in movie theater, located on Crescent Boulevard in Camden, New Jersey.

Park-In Theaters--the term "drive-in" came to be widely used only later--was the brainchild of Richard Hollingshead, a movie fan and a sales manager at his father's company, Whiz Auto Products, in Camden. Reportedly inspired by his mother's struggle to sit comfortably in traditional movie theater seats, Hollingshead came up with the idea of an open-air theater where patrons watched movies in the comfort of their own automobiles. (see Dec 5)

see June 6 Music et al for more

June 6, 1962: two days after signing with EMI, the Beatles (with Pete Best on drums) recorded their first demos for EMI at Abbey Road Studios under the direction of George Martin and his assistant, Ron Richards.

George Martin let Ron Richards handle the session which saw the band record 'Besame Mucho,' 'Love Me Do,' 'PS I Love You' and 'Ask Me Why'. Richards didn't like what he heard or saw. Norman Smith, who was the engineer for the session liked "Love Me Do" and decided he should get George Martin to hear it. Martin didn't share Ron Richards opinion of the band or the music.

Norman Smith has said, "We gave them a long lecture about their equipment and what would have to be done about it if they were to become recording artists. They didn't say a word, not a word, they didn't even nod their heads in agreement. When he finished, George said 'Look, I've laid into you for quite a time, you haven't responded. Is there anything you don't like?' I remember they all looked at each other for a long while, shuffling their feet, then George Harrison took a long look at George and said 'Yeah, I don't like your tie!' That cracked the ice for us and for the next 15-20 minutes they were pure entertainment." (see June 11)
Chapel of Love
June 6 – 26, 1964, “Chapel of Love” by The Dixie Cups #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Hello Dolly!
June 6 – June 12, 1964, the original cast album of Hello Dolly! the Billboard #1 album.
Beatles on Sullivan
June 6, 1966: appeared taped on the Ed Sullivan Show. (see June 20)
The Road to Bethel and the Woodstock Festival
Work begins
June 6, 1969:a twenty-one person crew arrived in Wallkill to begin work. They will live at Rosenburg’s family retreat in nearby Bullville. [among them: Mel Lawrence, Michael Lang, Penny Stall ings, Lee Mackler (friend of John Morris), Bill & Jean Ward and five University of Miami artists] (see June6/7/8?)
Bands signed
June 6/7/8?, 1969: Sweetwater and Blood, Sweat and Tears ($15,000) signed for festival. (see June 7)
The Fourth Annual Memphis Country Blues Festival
and the
First Annual W.C. Handy Memorial Concert
June 6 – 8, 1969: its poster read:  The Memphis Sesquicentennial Inc. in conjunction with The Memphis Country Blues Society proudly presents The Fourth Annual Memphis Country Blues Festival and First Annual W.C. Handy Memorial Concert

          The Festival will officially begin Friday June 6 and Saturday June 7, 1969 with three daytime concerts and two evening concerts all in the Overton Park Shell, culminating with the W.C. Handy Memorial Concert in the Mid-South Coliseum on Sunday June 8th.

Tickets for the Shell concerts will be available at time of performance only 
 Tickets for the W.C. Handy concert will be on advance sale at many Memphis locations ($2.50 to $5.00)

         Claude Mabel (artist?)

         Johnny Winter, Canned Heat, Backwards Sam Firk,Bukka White,Carla and Rufus Thomas, Insect Trust, Fred McDowell & Johnny Woods, Nathan Beauregard, Sun Smith and the Beale Street Five, Elder Lonnie McIntorsch, Sleepy John Estes Blues Band, Lum Guffin, The World Greatest Jazz Band, Albert King, The Bar-Kays with Toni Mason, Jo-Ann Kelley, Furry Lewis, Slim Harpo, Rev. Robert Wilkins, John Fahey, Southern Fife and Drum Corps, Booker T. and the MGs, Moloch, Casietta George, Sid Selvidge, Soldiers of the Cross, Robert Pete Williams, Rev. Ishmon Bracey, and Wild Child Butler
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
June 6, 1971: John and Yoko appeared on stage for the first time since 1969 when they join Frank Zappa for a show at the Fillmore East. (see July 1)


James H Meredith

June 6 Peace Love Activism

June 6, 1966: Meredith was ambushed and shot in the back by Aubry Norvell, a 40-year-old unemployed former hardware contractor from Memphis. Norvell pleaded guilty before the case went to trial. He served 18 months of a five-year prison sentence. (see June 7, 1966)
Michael Donald
June 6, 1997: Henry Hays, one of the two murderers of Michael Donald in 1981, executed in the electric chair. Hays was the only Ku Klux Klan member to be executed for the murder of a black man in the 20th century. Hay’s accomplice, Llewellyn Knowles had been sentenced to life in prison after testifying against Hays. (see in 1998)
Johnnie Mae Chappell
June 6, 2003: Gray Thomas, the Chappell family lawyer, said that a conspiracy of secrecy by Jacksonville police denied justice to the Chappell children

Scott Makar, an attorney for the city of Jacksonville, told the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta that, despite a racist police cover-up in 1964, there was no evidence the cover-up blocked Johnnie Mae Chappell's family from the courts.

"What was the barrier that was imposed to prevent ... a suit?" Makar said.

Chappell's children learned of the cover-up in 1996 when one of the detectives, C. Lee Cody, approached her youngest son, Shelton, at a memorial service.

Shelton, 4 months old when his mother died, had sued the four men and Jacksonville police, but a federal court judge dismissed the case in 2001, saying the statute of limitations for filing a suit had long past, prompting an appeal. (BH, see, Oct 10; Chappell, see September 8, 2005)
Phylicia Rashad

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June 6, 2004: Phylicia Rashad became the first African-American actress to win a Tony for a leading dramatic role for her work in a revival of "A Raisin in the Sun." (see Nov 2)

Robert F Kennedy

June 6, 1968, Robert F Kennedy died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. (see April 17, 1969)
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see Calvin Graham for the whole story

June 6, 1992: Graham died at age 62. (see June 21, 1994)


June 6, 2012: in New York, U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Jones found  the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional in Windsor v. United States. Judge Jones was the fifth federal judge to rule that DOMA's Section 3 violates the U.S. Constitution. The case has since been submitted for consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court. (see June 18)

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