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The 1968 Project – July

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The 1968 Project aims to highlight some of the historic events of the year. From protests and famous battles to chart-topping popular hits and box office smashing film, 1968 was a huge historical year with reverberations that we still feel today. The 1968 Project looks to grab snippets of these events on a monthly basis and list them here with links for further exploration.

July 1st
The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons was signed in Washington, D.C., Moscow and London. This treaty aimed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and encourage peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

The Band releases Music from Big Pink.

July 3rd 
Chairman Mao Zedong issues the July 3 Public Notice. This “notice” denounced the violent “counterrevolutionary” crimes and chaos. In the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, it was estimated that over 80,000 people were killed before and after the notice.
 

The Doors release Waiting for the Sun.

The movie Salt and Pepper, starring Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford, is released in cinemas.

July 6th
The FBI sends out a memorandum to its field offices outlining its approved COINTELPRO (COunter INTELligence PROgram) for disrupting anti-government organizations. The program was exposed in 1971. In 1976 a Congressional Select Committee deemed the FBI’s program as unconstitutional.

July 7th
The Yardbirds play their final concert at the Luton College of Technology in Bedfordshire, England.  

Photo from the 1968 US Yarbirds tour. Unknown photographer.

Leo Sowerby, winner of a Pulitzer Prize in 1946 for his cantata, Canticle of the Sun, passed away at a summer choir camp.  

July 12th
The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman is published by Random House Children’s Books.

July 16th
Alexander Dubcek, the leader of Communist Czechoslovakia, who had enacted democratic reforms, is given a two week deadline by the Communist leaders in Moscow to justify those reforms, later dubbed the “Prague Spring.”

King Kong Escapes is released in theaters.

King Kong Escapes film still.

July 17th
The 17 July Revolution occurs in Iraq as the Ba’ath Party takes over the government. The 17 July Revolution was a bloodless coup which brought the Arab Socialist Ba’ath party to power. Saddam Hussein was a major participant of the coup. 

July 18th
The Grateful Dead release Anthem of the Sun.

Super Session is released by Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Stephen Stills.

July 20th
The first ever Special Olympics were held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. Over 1,000 developmentally disabled kids from the US and Canada. The event was organized by Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Today the Special Olympics is the largest sports organization for kids and adults with intellectual disabilities with over 5 million athletes from 172 countries.

July 26th
In Search of the Last Chord by the Moody Blues is released.

Shades of Deep Purple by Deep Purple is released.

July 28th
The novel, Last Exit to Brooklyn, is cleared of all charges related to the Obscene Publications Act. This was considered a turning point in British censorship laws.

Otto Hahn, German chemist, Nobel winner and discoverer of nuclear fission passes at age 89.

July 31st
The film, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, based on the novel by Carson McCullers, is released in theaters.

In April of 1968, a schoolteacher by the name of Harriet Glickman, wrote to Charles M. Schultz urging him to create a black character. On this day in 1968, Franklin was introduced to the Peanuts gang.

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Be sure to come back at the end of next month for events from August 1968!

June 1968
May 1968
April 1968
March 1968
January & February 1968


And Now for Something Completely Different: The Movies You’ve Been Waiting For

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Since the Videoport collection was bestowed upon us at the Library, you, the Incredibly Strange Public, have been asking for the Incredibly Strange Movie collection. And now, at last, we are making it available. The official date is August 1, 2018, when we will be adding some selections to our shelves at the Main Branch and making the rest available for request from the Annex. However, you, as an alert reader of our blog, do not have to wait–you can access the Incredibly Strange collection right now.

What makes a movie Incredibly Strange? We’re not sure; not everything on the list strikes us as Incredibly Strange, but as a category, it sounds more tantalizing than, say, Sort of Strange, or Somewhat Quirky, does it not? Consider the limited appeal of a collection called Shocking When It Was First Released But Now Rather Tame, Maybe Even Quaint. No, Incredibly Strange covers a variety of oddities that may or may not be shocking but are certainly unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

Unique. Unusual. Unconventional. How else to categorize a movie as bizarre as Harmony Korine’s Gummo, or as brilliantly peculiar as Don Coscarelli’s Bubba Ho-Tep? In your wildest Shark Week dreams, have you ever seen a movie more over-the-top than the Roger Corman-produced Sharktopus? Has the style of a movie ever matched its subject as perfectly as The Filth and the Fury, Julien Temple’s documentary about the Sex Pistols?

Trey Parker’s Cannibal! The Musical is in this category, along with multiple seasons of his South Park cartoon series. Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will rejoice at the number of episodes in the collection, and let’s not even speculate as to how John Waters fans will react to the availability of his oeuvre.

So, if you had a favorite Incredibly Strange Film from the Videoport collection, you can find it now at the Library. If the collection is new to you, just type the words “Videoport Incredibly Strange” into the keyword search box and browse the list.

For a list of incredibly strange and wonderful films to start you off, click here.

 

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