June 4, 1966: A Share of Problems

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(Pictured: Gemini 9 astronauts Tom Stafford and Gene Cernan. The two would also fly to the moon on Apollo 10; Cernan would be the last American to walk on the moon, aboard Apollo 17.)

June 4, 1966, was a Saturday. Today, the New York Times carries a three-page anti-Vietnam ad signed by hundreds of college professors; yesterday, a group of about 20 students walked out of commencement exercises at Amherst College to protest an honorary degree given to Defense Secretary Robert McNamara. Astronauts Gene Cernan and Tom Stafford are in orbit aboard Gemini 9, which was launched yesterday. The mission has had its share of problems: Cernan and Stafford are the backup crew, flying because astronauts Elliott See and Charlie Bassett were killed in an airplane crash in February; a scheduled May 17 launch was postponed when an unmanned vehicle that would be part of a docking exercise was lost in a launch failure. On this mission, the unmanned vehicle launched properly but the docking mechanism on it failed. (Docking maneuvers will be a critical part of any upcoming mission to the moon.) Tomorrow, Cernan will take a two-hour spacewalk, the second ever by an American, although it will be plagued by technical problems also. Gemini 9 will return safely to Earth on Monday. Civil rights activist James Meredith begins what he calls his March Against Fear, intending to walk 220 miles through Mississippi, to challenge the climate of intimidation and fear among black Mississippians registering to vote. Tomorrow, Meredith will be hit by three loads of buckshot and spend three weeks in the hospital. In northeastern Wisconsin, two F2 tornadoes strike near the Oconto county community of Gillett. Future opera singer Cecelia Bartoli is born.

Yesterday, Amberoid won the Belmont Stakes. Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Kauai King finished fourth to continue the drought of Triple Crown winners going back to 1948. In major league baseball today, the Cleveland Indians retain a half-game lead on the Baltimore Orioles in the American League; both teams win today, although the second game on Baltimore’s doubleheader against the Kansas City A’s will be suspended by curfew in the top of the 12th; the Orioles will win the completed game tomorrow. The National League-leading San Francisco Giants lose to Philadelphia 6-1; Giants starter Juan Marichal gets the loss, his first of the season after winning 10 straight.

Andy Griffith is on the cover of TV Guide. Guests on today’s American Bandstand are Roy Orbison and the Sunrays. In San Francisco, the Grateful Dead plays the Fillmore and the Jefferson Airplane plays the Civic Center. In London, the Yardbirds work in the studio on an album that will be released in July and called Roger the Engineer.

The teen magazine KRLA Beat dated June 4 shows “A Groovy Kind of Love” by the Mindbenders atop the KRLA Tunedex, but a record store survey published by the station, also dated June 4, shows the #1 song in Los Angeles as “Searchin’ for My Love” by Bobby Moore, which does not appear among the 40 songs on the Tunedex list shown in KRLA Beat. Both show “Paint It Black” by the Rolling Stones at #3, although the survey also lists the B-side, “Stupid Girl.” Other songs found in the Top 10 of one or the other: “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge, “Along Comes Mary” by the Association, “Hey Joe” by the Leaves, “My Little Red Book” by Love, “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind” by the Lovin’ Spoonful, “Monday Monday” by the Mamas and the Papas, “Funny How Love Can Be” by Danny Hutton, “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore” by the Walker Brothers, “Double Shot” by the Swingin’ Medallions, “Dirty Water” by the Standells, “Hold On I’m Comin'” by Sam and Dave, and “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” by Dusty Springfield. Variations in the two surveys are likely because KRLA Beat is a national publication and goes to press well before its street date.

Perspective From the Present: “Searching for My Love” by Bobby Moore and the Rhythm Aces would get to #27 on the Hot 100. Danny Hutton’s “Funny How Love Can Be” bubbled under at #120. The song would eventually see the Hot 100 in a version by the English studio group First Class; Hutton would make it as one of the three lead singers in Three Dog Night. On the same page of KRLA Beat showing the Tunedex are head shots of the station’s DJs: Dave “the Hullabalooer” Hull, Bob Eubanks, Dick Biondi, Johnny Hayes, “Emperor” Bob Hudson, Casey Kasem, Charlie O’Donnell, and Bill Slater—enough major broadcasting talent to fill a Hall of Fame.

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