Hans Remembers- News Headlines From Monday July 14, 1969.
- The Soccer War- a few weeks earlier El Salvador beat neighboring Honduras in the qualifying rounds for football’s 1970 World Cup. On this day El Salvador staged a sneak attack on Honduras- sending bombers, tanks and the army into Honduras. 5 days later there would be a ceasefire – by that time 4000 were dead, about 2000 on each side- including civilians.
- The War on Drugs- begins as President Richard Milhous Nixon sent a message to the U.S. Congress calling for ‘a comprehensive legislative proposal to control narcotis and to place in a single statute, a revised and modern plan for control.” Congress did pass the Controlled Substances Act of 1970- but 50 years later The so called War On Drugs continues. As Carver in my all time favorite show The Wire once said “You can’t even call this a war. War’s end. “
- Speaking of drugs- one of the most noted movies of 1969 was released on this day- Easy Rider. The iconic counterculture movie was written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern and starred Fonda, Hopper and a yet to be superstar named Jack Nicholson. I almost forgot that nut Phil Spector also makes an appearance. The Fonda and Hopper are motorcyclists traveling through the Southwest and Southern United States carrying the proceeds from a cocaine deal. There is also a great music soundtrack. Rumor has it that the characters Wyatt and Billy- Fonda and were based on Roger McGuinn and David Crosby of The Byrds. One of 1969’s “Must See” movies.
- Bob Dylan and The Band made a surprise appearance at the Mississippi River Rock Festival which was held on the campus at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois. This was the first year for the festival- which would continue until 1980. This surprise appearance by Dylan was a short one- but it was his first concert since his motorcycle accident in 1966. Bob was back!
- No more $500, $1000, $2000 or $10,000 dollar bills would be in circulation anymore – U.S. Treasury Secretary David M. Kennedy announced- nothing higher than $100.
- Clarence The Lion dead at 7. Clarence starred in the 1965 children’s film “Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion and on the CBS television show Daktari for four seasons. Clarence was on tour appearing at the Heart of Illinois Fair when he passed. In captivity from what I am reading a male lion’s life span is 15 to 25 years.