Hans Remembers- Headlines from Sunday May 11, and Monday May 12, 1969.
- Fred Hartley died on May 11, 1969- Hartley was a U.S. Representative from New Jersey from 1929 to 1949- who is remembered for being the co-author of the Taft-Hartley Bill that guaranteed the right of workers not to join a labor union. He was 67 years old.
- A fire broke out on May 11 at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons factory near Golden, Colorado. There was over 40 million dollars damage done from plutonium contamination. It would be several weeks before the Atomic Energy Commission would disclose the extent of the damage.
- On Monday May 12- the wife of jailed South African anti-apartheid fighter Nelson Mandela- Winnie Mandela was arrested by South African police and imprisoned in Pretoria. She would be held in solitary confinement for nine months without charges being filed before being indicted for violating the Suppression of Communism Act of 1950. Winnie Mandela would end up spending 16 months in prison before being released.
- Actress Kim Fields best known for her role as Tootie on the incredibly lousy television sitcom “The Facts Of Life” which was on from 1977- to 1988- was born 50 years ago today.
- A tragic van accident took the life of Fairport Convention drummer Martin Lamble on the way back from a concert in Birmingham. Also dying in the crash was band Richard Thompson’s girlfriend Jeannie Franklyn. Lamble was only 19 years old.
- In baseball another highlight for the best pitcher in the National League- Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals became the seventh National League pitcher to ever strike out the side on nine pitchers. Gibson did this in the Cardinals 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.