Hans Remembers- Sunday August 30, 1970- 50 Years Ago.
- Sometimes the ordinary obscure person is involved an event that they will be remembered by the world forever for- on November 22, 1963 that happened to a Russian-Ukrainian born-American clothing manufacturer with a home movie camera. Abraham Zapruder was his name- at the time he was in his mid-50’s and happened to take his camera out on Dealey Plaza in Dallas to capture President John Kennedy passing by in a motorcade through town. What he captured on film was JFK’s assassination. Is there a more famous piece of film? On this day in 1970 Zapruder died at the age of 65 years old.
- The Isle of Wight Festival ended after three days of performances before a crowd that reached 250,000 fans most of whom were able to get in without paying or watched from a hillside. The event- the 3rd and last Isle of Wight Festival was marred by drug arrests, minor riots and financial losses for the producers- Fiery Creations, Ltd. Looking at that photo above no way could I have been in that kind of a crowd- too many people.
- National elections were held in South Vietnam for the first time since 1967 and two-thirds of the eligible voters participated despite random attacks on polling places by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces.
- Soviet astronomer Tamara Smirnova discovered three asteroids on the same evening at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory – Shura, Veteraniya and Gerasimovich. In a career spanning 16 years Smirnova discovered 135 minor planets.