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My aim is to highlight interesting facts from the past.
Posts will have a very diverse general interest target.
Some days it will be very hard to find something interesting or relevant and I will write about a more general aspect not particularly related to that specific day.
I will strive to complete an article a day, but that might be interrupted for vacations or other circumstances that do not allow me to post daily. Still I will catch up when I fall behind, so in the end this will be a collection with a daily reference..
Thanks for joining me in this walk down memory lane.

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May 27, 1967
Australian referendum.
On 27 May 1967, 90.77% of Australian voters recorded the largest ever ‘Yes’ vote in a referendum to alter the Australian constitution. This referendum finally enabled Aboriginal people to be counted in the national census and to be subject to Commonwealth laws, rather than just state laws.
Being left out of the census made Australia's Aboriginal population invisible. The government only provided funding for the country's non-Indigenous population. This meant that states could only offer very limited services to Indigenous communities.
Many Aboriginal people considered that changing sections of the Federal Constitution was essential in gaining formal recognition of their existence as people of their own country.
Even though the referendum did little to change Aboriginals daily struggles, it gave the Federal Government a clear mandate to implement policies to benefit Aboriginal people.
It was some five years before any real change occurred as a result of the referendum, but federal legislation has since been enacted covering land rights, discriminatory practices, financial assistance, and preservation of cultural heritage.
One of the Government’s first acts under its new power was to establish the Council for Aboriginal Affairs. The Council brought Ministers from all states and territories together so they could discuss issues related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recommend actions to the Australian Government. The first Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, W.C. Wentworth, was appointed in February 1968.
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May 26, 1967
Sgt. Pepper's....released in UK.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by English rock band the Beatles.
Released on 26 May 1967 in the United Kingdom and 2 June 1967 in the United States, it was an immediate commercial and critical success, spending 27 weeks at the top of the UK albums chart and 15 weeks at number one in the US. It won four Grammy Awards in 1968, including Album of the Year, the first rock LP to receive this honour.
Sgt Pepper sold more than 250,000 copies in the UK in its first week of release, and by the end of June had sold over half a million. It remains in the top 10 best-selling albums of all time, both in the UK and worldwide.
It is the best selling album worldwide of the 1960s.
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May 25, 1967
Celtic wins the European Cup.
The Celtic victory is regarded as the greatest in the Scottish club's history.
Because the cup final was played in Lisboa, Portugal, the 11 players became known as the Lisbon Lions - the first Scottish, British, non-Latin side to win the European championships.
The cup was introduced in 1955 and the previous winners were Real Madrid (6), Benfica (2), Inter Milan (2) and AC Milan (1)
While the only statistic that ultimately matters in any game of football is the final scoreline (Celtic 2 - Inter 1), the match statistics for the 1967 European Cup final do tell of Celtic’s domination, where the scoreline might suggest to anyone who hasn’t seen the game that it was a closely-fought affair.
Celtic had a total of 45 shots, to Inter Milan’s 3, with 16 of those shots on target to Inter’s 3. Celtic also had 29 shots off target which included three which hit the woodwork. Celtic enjoyed 64% possession and had 10 corners to Inter’s grand total of 0.
The team players were all born within a 30-mile radius of Glasgow.
They flew into Glasgow the following day and were transported by coach to Celtic Park where an estimated 50,000 people had packed into the grandstand and terraces to greet their heroes.
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May 24, 1967
Barefoot in the park premieres in New York.
A 1967 American comedy film starring Jane Fonda as Corie and Robert Redford as Paul. Based on Neil Simon's 1963 play of the same name, it focuses on newlyweds Corie and Paul Bratter and their adventures living in a minuscule sixth floor walk-up apartment in a Greenwich Village brownstone.
Stuffed-shirt Paul is a hard-working young attorney just starting his practice, while spontaneous bride Corie is determined to create a romantic environment in one room with no heat, a hole in the skylight, and oddball neighbors.
Barefoot in the Park turned out to be Redford's first commercially successful movie and the start of a great film career. Paul Bratten was actually not a favorite character of Redford's. Gene Saks, the first-time director of the film, later said that Redford hated wearing a suit and tie all day. He wanted people on the set to know that he wasn't really like Paul, and would wear a black western hat and cowboy boots off-camera. He did enjoy making the film, however, partly due to the rapport he developed with his leading lady, Jane Fonda.
Reviews of the film go from plain silly to great entertainment.
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May 23, 1967
The solar storm that almost started a war.
On May 23, 1967, the sun fired off a flare so powerful that it was visible to the naked eye, and began emitting radio waves at a level that had never been seen before, study team members said.
That same day, all three of the Air Force's Ballistic Missile Early Warning System radar sites in the far Northern Hemisphere — which were located in Alaska, Greenland and the United Kingdom — appeared to be jammed.
Air Force officials assumed that the Soviet Union was responsible. Such radar jamming is considered an act of war, so commanders quickly began preparing nuclear-weapon-equipped aircraft for launch.
Solar forecasters at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) — a joint U.S.-Canadian effort that looks out for incoming missiles and other possible threats — figured out that the flare, not the Soviets, had disrupted the radars and advised top officials preventing the launch.
I don't know if we came that close to nuclear war, but 50 years later the story has grown to a last minute save by scientists.
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May 22, 1967
Belgian worst fire.
Built by the great Art Nouveau architect, Victor Horta in 1901, L'Innovation department store was the largest in Brussels occupying 5 floors.
At L’Innovation, it was the first day of a heavily promoted American fortnight exhibition, a salute to American fashion. There were many United States flags displayed through the store as part of the promotion and hundreds of clerks were on hand for the expected crowds on opening day.
There were approximately 2,500 people shopping in the store during their lunch hours when fire broke out in the furniture department on the fourth floor (others say it started in the kitchen of the restaurant). However, virtually no one in the store was aware of the fire because no fire alarm went off, and there was no sprinklers system. The fire spread quickly because there were only a few handheld extinguishers on hand and some reported that the many flags on display helped fuel the flames. The store was built with an atrium in the center open to all floors and topped with a skylight, an architecture that behaved like a chimney giving a steady air draft to the store's wooden floors and walls.
Panic set in when the shoppers realized what was happening. Many suffered trampling injuries after getting caught in the stampede of people trying to leave the store. Then, several explosions were set off as the fire hit some butane gas canisters in the camping area of the store. Many people made it to the roof seeking an escape route. Most of the 322 fatalities were from smoke inhalation.
Despite speculation that the fire was a deliberate anti-U.S. action, most of the available evidence pointed to an electrical fire.
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May 21, 1967
Preparation for war in the Sinai Peninsula.
The war will last only six days in June but the escalation started a couple of weeks before.
May 14: Egypt mobilizes thousands of its troops in and around the Suez Canal. Nasser finds no Israeli buildup, but continues massing troops.
May 16: Egypt moves into Sinai, demands U.N. peacekeepers withdraw.
May 17: Two MiG-21 jets from the Egyptian Air Force made surprise flight into Israel's airspace, flew over the Negev Nuclear Research Center and reactor at Dimona in an apparent surveillance of the Jewish state's secret nuclear weapons program.
May 18: U.N. Secretary General U Thant removes UN forces.
May 19: Tens of thousands of Egyptian troops mass in the Sinai.
May 21: In anticipation of war, Egypt called up its entire military reserve into service, while Palestinian commandos in the Gaza Strip announced that they were ready to attack Israel.
May 22: Egypt closes the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping, blocking the port of Eilat and Israel's only access to the Indian Ocean. This action was considered an act of war.
Starting on May 24, Six Arab countries will deploy more than 230,000 troops close to Israel's boundary lines.
May 30: Jordan and Egypt sign mutual defense pact.
May 31: Iraqi President Abdur Rahman Aref declares: "Our goal is clear - To wipe Israel off the map!"
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May 20, 1967
Time travel of a different kind.
Let's go for a light-hearted story today.
Renovations were going well in Johan and Christine Voordouw’s basement until they heard a weird "clink" of glass behind some bricks in this fireplace.
Christine looked and it was this jar and it was all spider webs and dusty, then she could see the writing inside. One note was from 11-year-old Julie Gardner; the other from her 8-year-old sister Jane. It talks about 1967 and Canada’s centennial
So Christine went on a hunt to find the authors of the notes and posted a message on Facebook. The message was shared about four thousand times and then Ken Gardner, Jane and Julie’s brother, contacted the Voordouws and the past became the present.
Fifty years after those notes were written, 58-year-old Jane Gardner walked back into her childhood home to meet the new owners.
“It's kind of like a time warp for me,” Gardner said, “seeing these kids being in the same house, being 8 years old again.”
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May 19, 1967
Mirage V first flight.
The Dassault Mirage 5 is a supersonic attack aircraft designed in France by Dassault Aviation during the 1960s, and manufactured in France and a number of other countries. It was derived from Dassault's popular Mirage III fighter, and spawned several variants of its own, including the IAI Kfir. The aircraft is capable of nuclear weapons delivery.
The Mirage 5 grew out of a request to Dassault from the Israeli Air Force. Since the weather over the Middle East is clear and sunny most of the time, the Israelis suggested removing avionics, normally located behind the cockpit, from the standard Mirage IIIE.
The result was a less expensive aircraft, with 32% more fuel capacity than the Mirage III C and capable of carrying up to 14 bombs, not to mention a wealth of combinatory possibilities with numerous load configurations. The Israeli Air Force was very interested in the aircraft and requested 50.
A total 517 units have been produced for 11 different countries. The Mirage 5 is Dassault’s most widely exported combat aircraft.
The Mirage 5 first flew at Melun-Villaroche on May 19, 1967, piloted by Hervé Leprince-Ringuet.
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