June 12 Music et al

June 12 Music et al

Camelot

June 12 – July 23, 1961, the original Broadway cast album from Camelot  Billboard’s #1.

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Medgar Evers remembrance songs

In the months following the June 12, 1963 assassination of NAACP civil rights leader Medgar Evers, musicians wrote several songs about the incident and related topics.

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Ballad of Medgar Evers, by Phil Ochs

In the state of Mississippi many years ago
A boy of 14 years got a taste of southern law
He saw his friend a hanging and his color was his crime
And the blood upon his jacket left a brand upon his mindToo many martyrs and too many dead
Too many lies too many empty words were said
Too many times for too many angry men
Oh let it never be againHis name was Medgar Evers and he walked his road alone
Like Emmett Till and thousands more whose names we’ll never know
They tried to burn his home and they beat him to the ground
But deep inside they both knew what it took to bring him downAnd they laid him in his grave while the bugle sounded clear
Laid him in his grave when the victory was near
While we waited for the future for freedom through the land
The country gained a killer and the country lost a man
And they laid him in his grave while the bugle sounded clear
Laid him in his grave when the victory was near
While we waited for the future for freedom through the land
The country gained a killer and the country lost a manThe killer waited by his home hidden by the night
As evers stepped out from his car into the rifle sight
He slowly squeezed the trigger, the bullet left his side
It struck the heart of every man when Evers fell and died.And they laid him in his grave while the bugle sounded clear
Laid him in his grave when the victory was near
While we waited for the future for freedom through the land
The country gained a killer and the country lost a man
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Only a Pawn in Their Game, by Bob Dylan

A bullet from the back of a bush
Took Medgar Evers’ blood
A finger fired the trigger to his name
A handle hid out in the dark
A hand set the spark
Two eyes took the aim
Behind a man’s brain
But he can’t be blamed
He’s only a pawn in their game
A South politician preaches to the poor white man
“You got more than the blacks, don’t complain
You’re better than them, you been born with white skin, ” they explain
And the Negro’s name
Is used, it is plain
For the politician’s gain
As he rises to fame
And the poor white remains
On the caboose of the train
But it ain’t him to blame
He’s only a pawn in their game
The deputy sheriffs, the soldiers, the governors get paid
And the marshals and cops get the same
But the poor white man’s used in the hands of them all like a tool
He’s taught in his school
From the start by the rule
That the laws are with him
To protect his white skin
To keep up his hate
So he never thinks straight
‘Bout the shape that he’s in
But it ain’t him to blame
He’s only a pawn in their game
From the poverty shacks, he looks from the cracks to the tracks
And the hoofbeats pound in his brain
And he’s taught how to walk in a pack
Shoot in the back
With his fist in a clinch
To hang and to lynch
To hide ‘neath the hood
To kill with no pain
Like a dog on a chain
He ain’t got no name
But it ain’t him to blame
He’s only a pawn in their game
Today, Medgar Evers was buried from the bullet he caught
They lowered him down as a king
But when the shadowy sun sets on the one
That fired the gun
He’ll see by his grave
On the stone that remains
Carved next to his name
His epitaph plain
Only a pawn in their game
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Mississippi Goddam, by Nina Simone

The name of this tune is Mississippi goddam
And I mean every word of itAlabama’s gotten me so upset
Tennessee made me lose my rest
And everybody knows about Mississippi goddamAlabama’s gotten me so upset
Tennessee made me lose my rest
And everybody knows about Mississippi goddamCan’t you see it
Can’t you feel it
It’s all in the air
I can’t stand the pressure much longer
Somebody say a prayerAlabama’s gotten me so upset
Tennessee made me lose my rest
And everybody knows about Mississippi goddamThis is a show tune
But the show hasn’t been written for it, yetHound dogs on my trail
School children sitting in jail
Black cat cross my path
I think every day’s gonna be my lastLord have mercy on this land of mine
We all gonna get it in due time
I don’t belong here
I don’t belong there
I’ve even stopped believing in prayerDon’t tell me
I tell you
Me and my people just about due
I’ve been there so I know
They keep on saying ‘Go slow!’But that’s just the trouble
‘Do it slow’
Washing the windows
‘Do it slow’
Picking the cotton
‘Do it slow’
You’re just plain rotten
‘Do it slow’
You’re too damn lazy
‘Do it slow’
The thinking’s crazy
‘Do it slow’
Where am I going
What am I doing
I don’t know
I don’t know
Just try to do your very best
Stand up be counted with all the rest
For everybody knows about Mississippi goddamI made you thought I was kiddin’Picket lines
School boy cots
They try to say it’s a communist plot
All I want is equality
For my sister my brother my people and meYes you lied to me all these years
You told me to wash and clean my ears
And talk real fine just like a lady
And you’d stop calling me Sister SadieOh but this whole country is full of lies
You’re all gonna die and die like flies
I don’t trust you any more
You keep on saying ‘Go slow!’
‘Go slow!’But that’s just the trouble
‘Do it slow’
Desegregation
‘Do it slow’
Mass participation
‘Do it slow’
Reunification
‘Do it slow’
Do things gradually
‘Do it slow’
But bring more tragedy
‘Do it slow’
Why don’t you see it
Why don’t you feel it
I don’t know
I don’t knowYou don’t have to live next to me
Just give me my equality
Everybody knows about Mississippi
Everybody knows about Alabama
Everybody knows about Mississippi goddam, that’s it
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Back in My Arms, Again

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June 12 – 18, 1965: “Back in My Arms, Again” by The Supremes #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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The Family Way soundtrack

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June 12, 1967: US release of The Family Way soundtrack album by Paul McCartney and assisted by George Martin. (see Beatles Bible for more) (see June 19)

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The Road to Bethel

June 12, 1969: Stanley Goldstein and Don Ganoung (minister and head of community relations) attend public meeting in Wallkill Town Hall in an attempt to allay antagonism toward festival.  Though town supervisor Jack Schlosser was against the event, he attempted to provide a fair hearing. (see Chronology for expanded story)

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see Some Time in New York City for more

June 12, 1972: John Lennon released Some Time in New York City, his third solo album. It is a highly political album and panned by critics. (see Aug 30)

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June 12 Peace Love Art Activism

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BLACK HISTORY

Feminism

June 12 – June 23, 1840: the World’s Antislavery Convention was held in London. The British and Foreign Antislavery Society sponsoring the convention refused to seat women delegates from American antislavery societies. Forced to sit in the gallery, the women, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, discussed the need to hold a convention to discuss women’s status in society. This conversation led to the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. [Historians Against Slavery article] (BH, see March 9, 1841; Feminism, see April 7, 1848)

Chicken wire

June 12, 1928: from June 12th to the 15th, the Democratic National Convention was held in Houston, Texas. One hundred black delegates were segregated from the white delegates by chicken wire. (see Sept 16)

Scottsboro calamity

June 12, 1934: Judge Horton, who had faced no opposition in his previous race, was defeated in his bid for re-election. (see Scottsboro for expanded story)

Freedom Riders

June 12, 1961: riders were transferred to Mississippi’s notorious Parchman State Prison Farm. Segregationist authorities attempt to break their spirits by removing mattresses from the cells. New Freedom Riders will continue to arrive in Jackson, MS and be jailed throughout summer. (see June 13)

Medgar Evers

June 12, 1963: Byron De La Beckwith assassinated NAACP civil rights leader Medgar Evers [37 years old] outside Evers’ home in Jackson, Mississippi. [Time photos from funeral] (BH, see June 14; see Evers for expanded chronology)

Nelson Mandela

June 12, 1964: Mandela and seven others were convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Mandela was sent to Robben Island prison, seven miles off the coast of Cape Town. He will spend the next 18 years there. [Black Then article] (SA/A, see August 18, 1964; see Mandela for expanded chronology)

Loving v. Virginia

June 12, 1967: the Supreme Court ruled that prohibiting interracial marriage was unconstitutional. Sixteen states that still banned interracial marriage at the time were forced to revise their laws. [ACLU article] (see June 15)

Clifford Glover

June 12, 1974: a jury acquitted Thomas Shea in the Clifford Glover killing (April 28, 1973). Hundreds of people rioted; cars upturned; windows broken; and cash registers stolen.  Two police officers were injured. (BH, see June 30; RR, see November 12, 1976)

South African state-of-emergency

June 12, 1986: the South African government declared a nationwide state of emergency, granting itself sweeping powers, including authorization for the police to use force against protesters and to impose curfews. The decree bans the promotion of unlawful strikes, boycotts and protests and puts tight restrictions on the press. More than 1,000 activists are detained.  (see Sept 7)

Missouri v. Jenkins

June 12, 1995: in Missouri v. Jenkins the US Supreme Court sets a new goal for desegregation plans: the return of schools to local control. It emphasized again that judicial remedies were intended to be “limited in time and extent.” [Cornell law article] (BH, see June 21; SD, see July 14, 1999)

Cross-burning

June 12, 2014: Pamela Morris, a former secretary of the Ku Klux Klan chapter in Ozark, pleaded guilty to committing perjury before a federal grand jury. Morris admitted she lied during an investigation into the burning of a cross in Ozark by her son, Steven Joshua Dinkle. Morris admitted that she was an officer of the KKK and that her testimony denying any connection to the organization was false according to the office of U.S. Attorney George Beck. The prosecutor said Morris admitted she knew Dinkle committed the cross burning. (see Aug 21)

137 SHOTS

June 12, 2014: the city of Cleveland announced that former Sgt. Michael Donegan would return July 11 as a patrol officer and will receive back pay since his termination in June 2013. He will return to the rank of sergeant. Officials said Donegan had “disengaged himself” from the chase even though he recognized the enormous scope of the situation.

Two other supervisors — Paul Wilson and Ulrich Zouhar – demoted for violating various protocols, would also return in July to their previous ranks as a result of arbitration. (see 137 for expanded story)

Tamir Rice

June 12, 2015: Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty said the case of two white policemen involved in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice holding a pellet gun would go to a grand jury. (B & S, see September 8; Rice, see Dec 27)

Church burnings

June 12, 2019: U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph for the Western District of Louisiana and Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division announced that a federal grand jury indicted Holden James Matthews for setting fire to and destroying three churches in St. Landry Parish.

According to the six-count indictment, in a span of 10 days, Matthews intentionally set fire to St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre, Louisiana, on March 26, Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas, Louisian, on April 2, and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas on April 4.  The indictment alleged that he was motivated to set the fires because of the religious character of these properties.  Matthews was charged with three counts of intentional damage to religious property, hate crime charges that fall under the Church Arson Prevention Act, and with three counts of using fire to commit a felony.

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LSD

Susi Ramstein

June 12, 1943: everyone on Hoffmann’s team made at least one self-experiment with LSD. Ms. Susi Ramstein did three, the first on June 12, 1943, at the age of twenty-one. She was the first woman to take LSD and the youngest experimental subject at Sandoz. The dosage of her first trial was 100 micrograms, and she found the effects mild and pleasant. She had beautiful visions in which the surrounding world began to shine and in her own words, it was “a good experience.” Unlike Hoffmann, she decided to take a tram home.  When she bought the ticket on board from a ticket agent, she thought his nose overly long and the other passengers looked comical. Ms. Ramstein felt steady, was not confused, and found her way home without problem. To be of help in establishing standards for the medical use of LSD, she repeated the experiment twice. The tests were conducted in the lab—at least they began there. All experiences and observations were noted. Susi Ramstein was intent on contributing to the advancement of science and determining the clinical usefulness of LSD. One year after her last trial, she married and left Sandoz.

Dr Max Rinkel 

In 1949 : Boston psychiatrist Max Rinkel obtained LSD from Sandoz and initiated work on it at Harvard. Hungarian psychiatrist Nicholas Bercel commenced LSD research in Los Angeles. [Harvard Crimson article] (see April 20, 1950)

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June 12 Music et al

Camelot

June 12 – July 23, 1961, the original Broadway cast album from Camelot  Billboard’s #1.

Medgar Evers songs

June 12, 1963: following Byron De La Beckwith’s assassination of NAACP civil rights leader Medgar Evers, musicians wrote several songs about the incident.

  • Ballad of Medgar Evers, by Phil Ochs
  • Only a Pawn in Their Game, by Bob Dylan
  • Mississippi Goddam, by Nina Simone
Back in My Arms, Again

June 12 – 18, 1965: “Back in My Arms, Again” by The Supremes #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Family Way soundtrack

June 12, 1967: US release of The Family Way soundtrack album by Paul McCartney. (see June 19)

The Road to Bethel

June 12, 1969: Stanley Goldstein and Don Ganoung (minister and head of community relations) attended public meeting in Wallkill Town Hall in an attempt to allay antagonism toward festival.  Though town supervisor Jack Schlosser was against the event, he attempted to provide a fair hearing. (see Chronology for expanded story)

see Some Time in New York City for more

June 12, 1972: John Lennon released Some Time in New York City, his third solo album. It was a highly political album that most critics panned. (next Beatles, see August 30)

Nuclear/Chemical News

June 12, 1982:  Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and Gary ‘US’ Bonds all appeared at a rally for nuclear disarmament in Central Park, New York to over 450,000 fans. An international convocation at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine featured prominent peace activists from around the world. (see Dec 2)

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Native Americans

Alcatraz Takeover ends

June 12, 1971: a government force of 35 marshals recaptured Alcatraz Island without resistance, removing 15 Indian holdouts remaining from an occupation that had begun on November 20, 1969. [California digital article] (see July 4)

Marlon Brando

June 12, 1973: Marlon Brando appeared on the Dick Cavett Show and reiterated his stance that American cinema and the entertainment industry in general had misrepresented Native Americans, as well as all minority groups. (see February 13, 1974)

Wounded Knee II

1973 – 1976: Native American activists referred to the three years following Wounded Knee II as the “Reign of Terror.” They stated that the FBI carried out intensive local surveillance, made repeated arrests, harassed local tribal members, and instituted legal proceedings against AIM leaders and supporters on the Pine Ridge reservation.  (see February 13, 1974)

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US Labor History

Baseball strike

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June 12, 1981: Major League Baseball players strike. Team owners wanted to restore their own prerogatives by requiring a team to pay compensation to another when hiring a free agent. Players fought the move in a strike that wiped out almost 40% of the season before being settled by compromise in August, just in time to save the World Series from cancellation. [Baseball reference article] (see Aug 3)

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The Cold War

“tear down this wall”

June 12, 1987: during a speech in Berlin, the Ronald Reagan urged his Soviet counterpart, Mikhail Gorbachev, to “tear down this wall” (see November 24, 1987)

Dissolution of Yugoslavia

June 12, 1999: NATO peacekeeping forces entered the province of Kosovo in Yugoslavia. (see DoY for expanded chronology)

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Jack Kevorkian

June 12, 1997: in Kevorkian’s fourth trial, a judge declares a mistrial. The case was later dropped. (see JK for expanded story)

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Candidate George W Bush

June 12, 1999: Texas Gov George W. Bush announced he would seek the Republican Party nomination for President.

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Technological Milestone

June 12, 2009:  analog television broadcasts ended in the United States, as the Federal Communications Commission required all full power stations to send their signals digitally. (see January 4, 2010)

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SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE

June 12, 2015: in Iknorr Singh v Jon McHugh et al, the US District Court for the District of Columbia rule that Iknorr Singh, a Hofstra University student and a Sikh, should be allowed to enter the ROTC program at the University and is permitted religious accommodation of not cutting his hair or beard and wearing a turban. (see June 30)

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Immigration History

Trump’s travel ban

June 12, 2017:  a second federal appeals court, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco ruled against President Trump’s revised travel ban. The decision was the latest in a string of court rulings rejecting the administration’s efforts to limit travel from several predominantly Muslim countries.

The administration had already sought a Supreme Court review of a similar decision issued last month by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Va.

The new ruling affirmed a March 29 decision from Judge Derrick K. Watson, of the Federal District Court in Hawaii. Judge Watson blocked major parts of the revised order, saying they violated the Constitution’s ban on a government establishment of religion. Judge Watson wrote that the statements of Mr. Trump and his advisers made clear that his executive order amounted to an attempt to disfavor Muslims.

“A reasonable, objective observer — enlightened by the specific historical context, contemporaneous public statements and specific sequence of events leading to its issuance — would conclude that the executive order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion,” Judge Watson wrote. [NYT article] (travel ban, see June 26)

Sessions v. Morales-Santana

June 12, 2017: in Sessions v. Morales-Santana, No. 15-1191, the US Supreme Court ruled that unwed mothers and fathers may not be treated differently in determining whether their children may claim American citizenship. “The gender line Congress drew is incompatible with the requirement that the government accord to all persons ‘the equal protection of the laws,’” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote for the majority.

The case concerned Luis Ramon Morales-Santana, who was born in 1962 in the Dominican Republic. His father was an American citizen, but his mother was not. His parents were unwed but later married.

The family moved to the United States when Mr. Morales-Santana was 13, and he lived in this country for decades. After convictions for robbery, attempted murder and other crimes, federal authorities sought to deport him.

He resisted, claiming American citizenship. But the law in effect when he was born allowed unwed fathers of children born abroad to transmit citizenship to them only if the fathers had lived in the United States before the child was born for a total of 10 years, five of them after age 14. Mr. Morales-Santana’s father fell just short of satisfying that requirement.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York, ruled for Mr. Morales-Santana, saying that the differing treatment of mothers and fathers was unconstitutional sex discrimination. The appeals court declared him a citizen.

Justice Ginsburg agreed that the law was based on stereotypes that violated equal protection principles. The law, she wrote, was built on a faulty assumption “that unwed fathers care little about, indeed are strangers to, their children.”

“Lump characterization of that kind, however, no longer passes equal protection inspection,” Justice Ginsburg wrote.  [Oyez article] (see June 21)

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Nuclear/Chemical News

June 12, 2018: President Trump concluded an historic meeting with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un saying that denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula would begin “very quickly.”

The two leaders signed a joint statement that Trump called “comprehensive.” In the statement, Trump “committed to provide security guarantees” to North Korea, and Kim “reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

The statement was short on details and was not immediately released to reporters, but it was legible in a photo of Trump holding it up at the ceremony.

Asked if Mr. Kim had agreed to denuclearize, Trump said, “We’re starting that process very quickly — very, very quickly — absolutely.” (next N/C News, see July 23); Trump/N Korea, see February 28, 2019)

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 Marijuana

June 12, 2019: according to a new study researchers identified strains of cannabis burned in mortuary rituals as early as 500 B.C. deep in the Pamir mountains in western China. The residue had chemical signatures indicating high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the plant’s most psychoactive, or mood-altering, compound.

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