Hans remembers an eventful day- the headlines from Wednesday April 9, 1969- 50 years ago today.
- Bad craziness at Harvard University- close to 300 students at the university- most of them members of the Students for a Democratic Society- took control of the schools administrative building. The Cambridge police and Massachusetts State Police and other law enforcement officers charge in with billy clubs and pepper spray and arrested a total of 184, 45 were injured. More disruptions at schools of higher learning would fill the news in the late 60’s and early 70’s. There was one cause- the war in Vietnam.
- In more pleasant and mellow news- Bob Dylan shocked a lot of people today by releasing a country album that he had recorded in Nashville- Nashville Skyline. Lay Lady Lay would be a hit single. Dylan also recorded for the album a duet with his friend Johnny Cash- the old Dylan song “Girl From The North Country.” Kris Kristofferson would say of Dylan and Nashville Skyline- “Our generation owes him our artistic lives because he opened all the doors in Nashville when he did Blonde On Blind and Nashville Skyline. The country scene was so conservative until he arrived. He brought in a whole new audience. He changed the way people thought about it- even the Grand Ole Opry was never the same again.” My only complaint about Nashville Skyline is it’s length- only 27 minutes long far too short. The album peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100
- The first British built Concorde 002 on this day made its maiden flight from Filton to RAF Fairford.
- The progressive rock music band King Crimson made their concert debut on this day at The Speakeasy in London. Their landmark debut album In The Court of the Crimson King would be released in October.