June 6 Peace Love Art Activism

June 6 Peace Love Art Activism

Cultural Milestone

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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. [Smithsonian article] (see Dec 5)

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Beatles

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. (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)

Work begins for Woodstock

June 6, 1969:a twenty-one person crew arrived in Wallkill to begin work. They would 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

Bands signed

Around June 6, 7, or 8, Woodstock Ventures signed Sweetwater and Blood, Sweat and Tears ($15,000)for the festival. (see Road for expanded story)

1969 festival #8
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. (see WC for expanded story)

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)

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BLACK HISTORY

James H Meredith

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June 6, 1966: Aubry Norvell, a 40-year-old unemployed former hardware contractor from Memphis, ambushed and shot James Meredith in the back . Norvell pleaded guilty before the case went to trial. He served 18 months of a five-year prison sentence. [Clarion Ledger article with photos of shooting] (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. [NYT article]  (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. [Ferris State U article] (BH, see, Oct 10; Chappell, see September 8, 2005)

Phylicia Rashad

June 6 Peace Love Art Activism

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)

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Robert F Kennedy

June 6, 1968, Robert F Kennedy died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles.

CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller’s father was a doctor who tried to save Kennedy. She shares his story.

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Calvin Graham

June 6, 1992: Graham died at age 62. (see CG for expanded story)

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LGBTQ

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. [Oyez article]  (see June 18)

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June 6 Music et al

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Beatles

June 6, 1962: [source: Beatles Bible] 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)

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Chapel of Love

June 6 – 26, 1964, “Chapel of Love” by The Dixie Cups #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Hello Dolly!

June 6 Music et al 

June 6 – June 12, 1964, the original cast album of Hello Dolly! the Billboard #1 album.

June 6 Music et al 

Beatles on Sullivan

June 6, 1966: appeared taped on the Ed Sullivan Show. (see June 20)

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The Road to Bethel/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.

Bands signed

June 6/7/8?, 1969: Sweetwater and Blood, Sweat and Tears ($15,000) signed for festival. (see June 7)

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The Fourth Annual Memphis Country Blues Festival

and the

First Annual W.C. Handy Memorial Concert

June 6 Music et al

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 (see WC for expanded story)

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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. [Ultimate Classic Rock article] (see July 1)

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