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This Week in Boomer History: Sally Ride … Monterey Pop … Civil Rights

Posted on 06/15/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience Astronaut Sally K. Ride becomes the first American woman in space on June 18, 1983. Passionately devoted to teaching science, technology, engineering and math to girls, she starts Sally Ride Science in 2001. Singer-actress Judy Garland dies at age 47 on June 22, 1969. Fred Astaire once called the star of The Wizard of Oz “the greatest entertainer who ever lived.” >> Sign up for the AARP Advocacy Newsletter President Richard Nixon signs a …

This Week in Boomer History: Medgar Evers … Pentagon Papers … ‘Hee Haw’

Posted on 06/8/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayOn June 9, 1969, the U.S. Senate confirms President Richard Nixon’s choice of Warren E. Burger to succeed Earl Warren as chief justice of the United States. Though generally conservative, Burger will vote in favor of school busing and abortion rights, and will write the court’s unanimous decision upholding a subpoena for the Watergate tapes. Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc immolates himself on a Saigon street on June 11, 1963, in protest against the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem. After losing President …

This Week in Boomer History: ‘Born in the U.S.A’ … Bobby Kennedy Shot … ‘Tank Man’

Posted on 06/1/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band release Born in the U.S.A. on June 4, 1984. It becomes one of the best-selling albums of all time. A narrow win in the California GOP primary on June 2, 1964, makes Barry Goldwater all but unstoppable in his quest for the presidential nomination at the July convention in San Francisco. Israel battles Egypt, Jordan and Syria in the Six-Day War, also called the Third Arab-Israeli War, beginning June …

This Week in Boomer History: Deep Throat … Michael Jackson … ‘Mrs. Robinson’

Posted on 05/25/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayPrime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru of India dies on May 27, 1964, at age 74, having served in the post since India’s independence in 1947. His daughter Indira Gandhi and her son Rajiv Gandhi will also serve as prime minister of India; both are assassinated. On May 31, 2005, Vanity Fair reveals that former FBI official Mark Felt is “Deep Throat,” the source who confirmed explosive information about the Watergate break-in and cover-up to Washington Post investigative reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. In Culpeper, Va., …

This Week in Boomer History: ‘Pulp Fiction’ … Marilyn Monroe … ‘What’s Going On’

Posted on 05/18/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience Marvin Gaye’s seminal album What’s Going On is released May 21, 1971. Influenced by letters his brother sent from Vietnam, Gaye writes the songs from the perspective of a Vietnam vet. Happy birthday, Mr. President. At Madison Square Garden in New York, Marilyn Monroe serenades President John Kennedy at a fundraiser on May 19, 1962. Monroe dies less than three months later at age 36. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure Newsletter Ambassador Foy Kohler delivers a protest …

This Week in Boomer History: Jackson State … ‘Seinfeld’ Finale … Wallace Shot

Posted on 05/11/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience President Richard Nixon nominates Anna Mae Hays (left) and Elizabeth P. Hoisington (right, with Mamie Eisenhower) the first female U.S. Army generals on May 15, 1970. On May 17, 2004, the first legal same-sex marriage in the United States takes place when Tanya McCloskey, 52, and Marcia Kadish, 56, say “I do” at City Hall in Cambridge, Mass. By day’s end, scores of other same-sex couples tie the knot. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure …