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The 1968 Project – November

posted: , by Raminta Moore
tags: Library Collections | Recommended Reads | Adults | Seniors | Art & Culture

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.

November 1st
Agatha Christie publishes her book, The Pricking of My Thumbs.

A Wizard of Earthsea is first published by Ursala Le Guin, which cemented her place in the science fiction genre.

This is the front cover art for the book A Wizard of Earthsea written by Ursula K. Le Guin. The book cover art copyright is believed to belong to the publisher, Parnassus Press, or the cover artist.

November 4th
The twelfth album by Glen Campbell, Wichita Lineman, is released. It would later become the 1969 album of the year.

November 5th
Shirley Chisholm becomes the first African American woman to be elected to the United States Congress.

Shirley Chisholm on the presidential campaign trail of 1972.

Richard M. Nixon, the former U.S. Vice-President and Republican Party nominee is elected President of the United States, defeating Democrat Hubert H. Humphrey and Independent Party candidate George C. Wallace.

November 6th
Head, the psychedelic movie by the band, The Monkees, is released in theaters.

The film poster for Head.

November 8th
The last member of the Great Train Robbery of August 8th, 1963, Bruce Reynolds is finally captured by Scotland Yard.

November 12th
The U.S. Supreme Court issues a 9-0 ruling in the Epperson v. Arkansas case. In 1928, the state of Arkansas declared the teaching of evolution to be illegal. The U.S. Supreme court invalidated that statute, stating that the state had violated the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Neil Young releases his self-titled debut album.

This is the cover art for Neil Young by the artist Neil Young.

November 13th
The animated film, Yellow Submarine is released in theaters.

November 14th
Yale University announces that it will admit women students for the first time in its history, beggining with the 1969-1970 school year.

November 17th
Mervyn Peake, British author and illustrator, passes away in a care home at the age of 57 after battling with health problems for close to a decade.

November 20th
Glen Campbell wins Male Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year at the 2nd Annual Country Music Association Awards. Tammy Wynette wins Female Vocalist of the Year.

On this day, 78 coal miners were killed in the Number 9 mine in Mannington, West Virginia, owned by the Consolidation Coal Company. After days of trying to rescue the trapped minors, a decision was made on November 30th, to seal the mines due to gas leaks and fires, entombing the men forever in the mines.

November 22nd
Commonly referred to as the “White Album,” The Beatles release their double length, self-titled album.

The Kinks release their album entitled, The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society.

The first ever interracial kiss on television is shown an episode of Star Trek. The kiss occurs between white actor William Shatner (Captain Kirk) and black actress Nichelle Nichols (Lieutenant Uhura).

November 23rd
Chinese actress Shangguan Yunzhu, commits suicide after being persecuted during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

November 24th
The film, Faces, is released in theaters.

November 25th
Most famous for his book about a Lithuanian immigrant family in Chicago working in the meat packing industry, Upton Sinclair passes away at age 90. While speaking about his book, The Jungle, Sinclair stated, “I aimed at the public’s heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.” His book would later be credited as part of the reason for the creation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Originally titled, One Plus One, Sympathy for the Devil is released in theaters.

November 26th
After gaining 3,187 yards and scoring 21 touchdowns for the University of Southern California during the 1968 season, running back O.J. Simpson wins the Heisman Trophy by the widest margin in Heisman history.

November 28th
Children’s author, Enid Blyton, 71, passes away in a British nursing home.

November 29th
Van Morrison releases his album, Astral Weeks.

 

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

October 1968 
September 1968
August 1968
July 1968
June 1968
May 1968
April 1968
March 1968
January & February 1968


New From Videoport and the Portland Public Library

posted: , by Patti DeLois
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Seniors | Art & Culture

The most recent category to be opened up for requests is the Videoport Pop Music section. This includes concert videos, documentaries, and movies featuring music. In addition to our display at the Main Branch, we’ve put together some lists for you to browse: Pop Music Videos and Criterion Films Featuring Music. Or search the keywords “dvd” and “music,” and get your groove on.


The 1968 Project – October

posted: , by Raminta Moore
tags: Recommended Reads | Adults | Seniors | Art & Culture

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.

October 1st
Originally called Night of the Flesh Eaters and directed by George Romero, Night of the Living Dead is released in theaters.

A Small Town in Germany, a novel by John Le Carre is published.

Eldridge Cleaver’s Soul on Ice, a book of his letters and essays from Folsom Prison, is published.

First edition cover to Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver.October 2nd
On this date, the National Trails System Act was signed into law. This law placed over 50,000 miles of hiking trails under the protection of the US Department of the Interior.

Marcel Duchamp passes away suddenly from heart failure in his home in France at the age of 81. His grave states, “D’ailleurs, c’est toujours les autres qui meurent” (“Besides, it’s always the others who die”).

October 3rd
The Great White Hope, a play by Howard Stackler, debuts on Broadway at the Alvin Theater. The production starred James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander.

October 5th
Electric Mud by Muddy Waters is released.

The Troubles, a thirty year era of conflict between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland, began in earnest when plicement attacked a group of protestors demonstrating against the discrimination of Roman Catholics by Protestants.

October 6th
The initial services for the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), with the Reverend Troy Perry, were held at Huntington Park, California. The MCC became known as the “world’s first church group with a primary, positive ministry to gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender” peoples. Reverend Troy Perry had been a Pentecostal Christian minister. He resigned after revealing that he was gay.

Rev. Troy Perry in 1969.

October 10th
Barbarella, starring Jane Fonda, is released in theaters.

The Detroit Tigers win the World Series by a score of 4 to 1. They defeated the St. Louis Cardinals.

October 11th
Apollo 7, launched from Cape Kennedy, became the first manned space mission with three astronauts. Those astronauts were Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele and Walter Cunningham. Later that month, the Apollo 7 crew became the first men to transmit a live television broadcast from space.

Still photograph from the first live TV broadcast from an American spacecraft.

October 12th
The opening ceremony of the Games of the XIX Olympiad, took place in Mexico City.

October 15th
The pornographic film, Vixen! becomes the first American film to receive an X rating under the new classification guide released by the MPAA.

October 16th
During the medal ceremony for the men’s 200 meter race, African-American athletes Tommie Smith (gold medal) and John Carlos (bronze medal), raised their fists in a black power salute. White Australian, silver medalist, Peter Norman, wore an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge to show support for his fellow medal winners. When Smith and Carlos refused to apologize for the act, they were kicked off the Olympic team and sent home.

The american sprinters Tommie Smith, John Carlos and Peter Norman during the award ceremony of the 200 m race at the Mexican Olympic games. Photo by Angelo Cozzi

The Boston Strangler, starring Tony Curtis, premiers in theaters.

October 17th
Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen and his iconic 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT 2+2 Fastback, premiers in theaters. This film is said to have one of the best car chase scenes of all time.

October 20th
Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping magnet Aristotle Onassis on the Greek island of Skorpios.

October 23rd
Ice Station Zebra, starring Rock Hudson, is released in theaters.

October 25th
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham reform The New Yardbirds to create Led Zeppelin. On this date, they performed their first concert under this new name at Surrey University in England.

October 26th
Otis Redding‘s live album, In Person at the Whiskey a Go Go, is released posthumously.

October 27th
The 1968 Summer Olympics closes in Mexico City. The United States goes home with 107 medals, 45 of which were gold. The Soviet Union came in second to the most medals with a total of 91 medals.

Lise Meitner, co-discoverer, with Otto Hahn, of the process of nuclear fission in uranium, passed away in her sleep in Cambridge, England.

October 30th
The Lion in Winter, starring Katherine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole, is released in theaters.

October 31st
Forty Years On, Alen Bennett’s first play, debuts at the Apollo Theater in London’s West End. This first production starred John Gielgud, Paul Eddington and the playright, Bennett.

 

Be sure to come back at the end of next month for events from November 1968!
September 1968
August 1968
July 1968
June 1968
May 1968
April 1968
March 1968
January & February 1968

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