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The First Human Be-In

The first Human Be-In brought more than 20,000 people to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on this date in 1967, as a prelude to the Summer of Love. Among the key organizers of this “Gathering of the Tribes” was Allen Cohen, a founder of the San Francisco Oracle, who had teamed up with the psychedelic […]

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Support for the Two-State Solution in Israel

According to a poll released on this date in 2012 by Blue White Future (Atid Kachol Lavan), a movement co-founded by Ami Ayalon, the former director of Israel’s Shin Bet, nearly half of Israeli Jews support a unilateral withdrawal from large sections of the Palestinian territories based on the pre-1967 borders. Blue White Future believes it to be “imperative that […]

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Dissing the Stock Exchange

Abbie Hoffman led a band of some dozen activists in raining down dollar bills onto the New York Stock Exchange trading floor from the viewing gallery above on this date in 1967. The prank briefly disrupted activity on the floor as brokers and other exchange workers scrambled for the free money, and the prearranged presence […]

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June 28: Yigael Yadin

Yigael Yadin, who was David Ben Gurion’s Head of Operations during the Israeli War of Independence and then Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces from 1949 to 1952, died in Jerusalem at 67 on this date in 1984. Son of archaeologist Eleazar Sukenik and women’s rights activist Hasya Sukenik-Feinsod, Yadin became an archaeologist […]

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June 5: Egyptian Jews and the Six-Day War

The advent of the Six-Day War on this date in 1967 prompted Egypt to round up some six hundred Jewish men, from nearly all the remaining Jewish households in the country, including Grand Rabbi Jacques Nefoussi of Cairo and Grand Rabbi Chaim Douek of Alexandria. Even Jews who had converted to Christianity or Islam were […]

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March 26: Central Park Be-In

Some ten thousand people attended the first Central Park Be-In on Sheep Meadow on this date, Easter Sunday, in 1967, responding to a call by Paul Williams of Crawdaddy magazine, among others, and a widely distributed poster and hand-out by psychedelic artist Peter Max (Finkelstein). “The password,” wrote Don McNeill in the Village Voice, “was […]

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