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"Lord, It's true! We are not on the
right path." - Pope Paul VI
Havana of first hijacked 747, carrying
379 people from New York to San Juan,
Hurricane Celia strikes Texas Coast at
Corpus Christi, killing 31 people.
Black Panther Party co-founder Huey
Newton is freed on bail after a reversal
of his 1968 conviction for voluntary
manslaughter is upheld.
Israel and Egypt begin three-month
truce along Suez Canal.
Superior Court Judge Harold J.
Haley is killed after an attempted escape
and kidnapping at his San Rafael, California, courthouse. Also killed are Jonathan Jackson, who was the brother of
Soledad Brother George Jackson and
who provided the weapons, and two
other San Quentin convicts. Charges of
murder and kidnapping are filed against
Ruchell Magee, a convict who was in the
courtroom as a witness, and Angela
Davis, who police say purchased the
guns. Soon, Davis makes it onto the
FBI's "10 most wanted" list.
U.S. House of Representatives approves
a constitutional amendment that would
prohibit discrimination on the basis of
Israeli jets attack Jordanian army for
first time since truce began.
U.S. sinks old Liberty ship bearing
cargo of nerve gas in Atlantic Ocean.
John Gardner announces the founding of Common Cause.
Explosion in University of Wisconsin
building kills one and destroys the
10,000 women join in Women's Strike
for Equality in New York to mark the
50th anniversary of women's suffrage in
Desegregated classes begin for first time
in more than 200 school districts in
Also this month:
Nixon's anti-crime bill passes Senate.
"No-knock" section allows police to
break into residences if they think evidence inside might be destroyed. Nixon
says it "should be a warning to those
who engage in [terrorist] acts that we
are not going to tolerate these activities."
Bobby Seale, chairman of Black Panther Party, awaits trial on murder charges in jail in New Haven.
Senate defeats McGovern-Hatfield proposal to withdraw all U.S. troops from
Indochina by end of 1971.
Marxist candidate Salvadore Allende
wins plurality in Chilean presidential
headed for New York. The planes, carrying more than 600 people, are turned
around; three go to Middle East and
passengers are held hostage, one lands in
London as fourth hijacking fails.
Arabs hijack another British jet and land
it near two others in Jordanian desert.
Nixon assigns armed federal guards to
U.S. overseas flights. Vice President
Agnew speaks: "The great question for
all of us this fall is becoming clearer and
clearer. Will America be led by a president elected by a majority of the American people or will we be intimidated
and blackmailed into following the path
dictated by a disruptive and radical and
militant minority—the pampered prodigies of the radical liberals in the United
Arabs blow up three jets in Jordanian
desert. Most hostages released.
Nixon quoted in interview as saying
U.S. was "prepared to intervene in the
Jordanian civil war should Syria and
Iraq enter the conflict and tip the military balance against government forces."
Palestinian guerrillas are attempting to
overthrow King Hussein.
Presidential Commission on Campus Unrest urges Nixon to exert moral leadership in healing discord.
Egyptian president Nasser dies of heart
attack after Arab summit.
Presidential Commission on Obscenity
and Pornography says it can find no scientific evidence of a causal relationship
between pornography and crime or sexual deviance and urges the repeal of all
laws prohibiting the distribution of such
materials to consenting adults. Nixon
condemns the report before its release,
calling it "morally bankrupt."
Also this month :
The Weatherman Underground designs and executes the successful escape
of Timothy Leary from the prison at
San Luis Obispo, where he had been
confined for seven months as the result
of a little marijuana caper he and his
daughter were involved in in Mexico, as
well as a couple of other events. Leary
goes to Algiers where the Black Panther
Party Embassy grants him asylum.
The Pro-Palestine/Anti-Israel movement gains momentum on the American
Texas Governor Preston Smith is
shouted down by University of Houston
demonstrators crying "Free Lee Otis!"
in support of black activist Lee Otis
Johnson, who is serving a 30-year sentence for passing a joint to an undercover
police officer. Smith leaves the stage,
confused, it is said later, about what
they were saying to him. He thought
they wanted frijoles.
Pigs vs. Hippies baseball games proliferate. The Pigs usually win.
members of Wichita State University's
football team crashes, killing all passengers. (Then, on November 10, another
chartered plane crashes, killing the entire
Marshall University (West Virginia) football team.)
Commission on Campus Unrest says
killings at Kent State were "unwarranted," but blames both National Guardsmen and students.
Weathermen leader Bernadine Dohrn, in
a tape-recorded broadcast in New York,
calls for an offensive by dissidents that
"will spread from Santa Barbara to Boston, back to Kent and Kansas." Faces
of many Weathermen are displayed in
U.S. Post Offices.
shootings, but indicts 25 other people, mostly students and faculty, and
lays blame for the deaths on "permissiveness."
Body of Quebec labor minister is
Joint session of Chilean Congress
elects Allende president.
In a campaign speech, Nixon calls for
the end of "appeasement" of "thugs
and hoodlums." Two days earlier,
various objects had been thrown at
him at a California rally.
Also this month:
The Ku Klux Klan holds a rally
near Crosby. About 400 people turn
up at the first public Klan rally in
KPFT's transmitter is dynamited
again; although it had been placed in
an underground bunker this time, the
bombers placed explosives on an air
vent and weighted them down, and
that did the trick.
Gays complain of harassment by
police in Montrose bars.
Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix die.
In Space City!, women's Chicanos' and blacks' revolutionary politics have almost entirely replaced war
protest. War continues (it will still be
more than a year before Nixon and
Kissinger order the Christmas bombing of North Vietnam, including its
Congressional and other elections are
held; among the elected are Bella Abzug, Shirley Chisolm, Yvonne Braith-
waite Burke, Barbara Jordan, Ron
Dellums and Father Robert F. Dri-
nan, the first Roman Catholic priest
rate to 5.5 percent.
Senate rejects request for funding of
supersonic transport plane (SST).
Nixon, at his first press conference in
four months, warns he will order
more bombing of North Vietnam if
the level of fighting is stepped up as
U.S. troops withdraw, or if reconnaissance planes are shot at.
Nixon announces John Connally will
become secretary of the treasury.
The Food and Drug Administration
order a million cans of tuna fish off
the market because of excessive mercury content.
FDA recalls frozen swordfish from
the market because of excessive mercury content.
India's prime minister, Indira Gandhi,
County Judge Bill Elliott criticizes
Armco Steel President William C.
Verity, whose company had been
dumping cyanide into the Houston
Paul McCartney brings suit to
break up the Beatles.
Allende announces that Chile will
nationalize its banks, not long after
he announced he would establish diplomatic relations with Cuba.
KPFT announces it will be back
on the air January 20, 1971.
Nixon invites the White House
Arab commandoes hijack four airliners A chartered plane carrying thirteen
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wins Nobel
Prize for literature.
Quebec Labour Minister Pierre
Laporte is kidnapped by French-
Commission on Civil Rights reports
that there has been a "major breakdown" in enforcement of civil rights
Angela Davis is captured in New York.
China, Russia and America test nuclear devices on the same day in what
is called an "unprecedented coincidence."
Ohio Grand Jury exonerates National Guardsmen in Kent State
to vote in the House. Nixon announces that, although no great Republican gains were made, he now has an
ideological majority in Congress.
Charles de Gaulle dies.
Nixon, at de Gaulle's funeral, calls it
"a great day for France."
Biologists at State University of New
York in Buffalo report first artificial
synthesis of living cell.
Linus Pauling claims that large doses
of vitamin C can prevent colds.
U.S. planes begin 24-hour bombing
of North Vietnam.
Federal Reserve Board cuts discount
press corps in for an hour of drinks
and conversation, and tells them he
pays no attention to public opinion
polls. That day, he also signs the
Clear Air Bill to "virtually eliminate
dangerous emissions from automobile exhausts by 1976."
At the Manson trial, the prosecution's star witness, Linda Kasabiarv, is
called "Mr. Magoo" by Manson's at- j
torney, who reminds the jury that
Magoo always leaves "havoc in his
wake but comes out unhurt himself."
Oil is still escaping from a bu..v.rvg
Shell Oil Company platform in the
Gulf of Mexico and the slick stretches
John Lennon says the first time
the Beatles took LSD was in 1964.
The Next Day, January 1,1971:
A Datsun 1200 costs $1736, while
Renaults are going for $1495.
The last cigarette commercials are
seen on American television.
J. Edgar Hoover is 76.