News of the Day for June 3, 1967 - Soviet protests over U.S. bombing of Russian Navy ship, killing two seamen, Operation Union 2 near Da Nang continues in Vietnam. LBJ and Prime Minister Wilson meet for talks over brewing situation in the Middle East centered around the Gulf of Aqaba and a possible outbreak of war. The Sixth Fleet in Mediterranean being tailed by two Soviet Spy Ships. Red China calls for overthrow of Hong Kong government. Attempted Land Grab in New Mexico fails and a riot breaks out in the Roxbury suburb of Boston between police and Mothers On Welfare.
June 3, 2011

Roxbury. A love-ely Day in the neighborhood . . .

Looking for that June 3rd where things weren't busting out all over, we came up woefully short with this one from 1967. Starting off with Soviet protests lodged against the U.S. for the bombing of a Russian Naval vessel where two seamen were killed. This hot on the tail of allegations the U.S. has been killing Russians like crazy in North Vietnam. And speaking of Vietnam - Operation Union 2 on the outskirts of Da Nang continued with reports of massive North Vietnamese casualties (we would hear about those lopsided casualty lists many years later). President Johnson and Prime Minster Harold Wilson meeting in Washington over the brewing crisis in the Middle East, centered around the Gulf of Aqaba and the relentless pounding of War drums in that region. The hand-wringing would do very little good because shortly after the famous Six Day War would break out. Reports of the Sixth Fleet playing hide-and-seek in the Mediterranean with two Soviet Spy Ships closely tailing. Red China calls for an immediate overthrow of the Hong Kong government. And why was that day any different than all the other days they called for an overthrow of the colonial Hong Kong government? Who knows. And only Mao did for sure.

On the domestic front - A proposed merger between AT&T and ABC got a jaundiced eyeful from the FCC, an attempted land-grab in New Mexico (some 600,000 acres worth) didn't come off according to plan and Mothers on Welfare ripped it up a bit in the Boston suburb of Roxbury over rumored cuts in Welfare funds.

And an inch and a half of rain fell in less than 24 hours in San Francisco. Contrary to optimistic re-writes, the Summer of Love was rather soggy.

All this and so much more via ABC Radio's News Around The World for June 3, 1967. The perfect day for slathering on Patchouli Oil and forgetting about it.

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