April 20, 1964 - Springtime in New York. Civil Rights Protests gear up for opening of New York World's Fair. Elderly protest in favor of Medicare. New York Supreme Court gives thumbs down to CORE. Chances for Nelson Rockefeller grabbing Presidential nomination rated as slim. 2nd Conspiracy and Perjury Trial for McCarthy-era Attorney Roy Cohn set as 1st trial declared mistrial.
April 20, 2012

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Looking at local news for this April 20th in 1964. From New York, nerves were on edge and appeals were being sought for the upcoming massive Civil Rights Protests, slated to go on opening day of the New York World's Fair, April 22nd.

The New York Supreme Court weighed in with a "no" to CORE and other Civil Rights groups for permission to stage the protest, but they were pledged to go on anyway, no matter what.

President Johnson narrowly missed a convergence of the Elderly during his brief visit to New York. The demonstration was in favor of pending Medicare legislation, which Johnson was championing. In light of other protests directed towards him, he may have wanted to stick around to hear the support.

In other news, mostly regarding the goings-on in New York - a new poll released showed support for the Presidential candidacy of Nelson Rockefeller in the upcoming 1964 election was slim at best. Not a good sign from home turf, to say the least.

McCarthy-era Attorney Roy Cohn was scheduled for a new date and a second Conspiracy and Perjury Trial as the first one was declared a mistrial the day before.

And it was disclosed a tentative $210 million dollar New York School budget for 1965-1966 was coming up for approval. Back when education was important.

And what is news from New York without news of Broadway? News of openings and closings and an interview with Mr. and Mrs. Richard Burton.

And that's how it, and a lot of other news, rolled in The Big Apple on this April 20th in 1964, from WNBC's 6:30 New York News Special.

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