January 14, 1967 ~ Upwards of 25,000 people turn up at Golden Gate Park for “A Gathering of the Tribes for a Human Be-In” – a prelude to the Summer of Love.
Just about every counter-culture group is represented — hippies, beatniks, Hells Angels taking Timothy Leary’s admonitions to heart. His famous “turn on, tune in, drop out” is born at the be-in, a play on the “sit-in” response by students to the Viet Nam war and civil rights issues.
The Steve Miller Band, Santana, The Grateful Dead, Big Brother and The Holding Company and Jefferson Airplane play the 6 hour event.
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… executive branch lawyers were trying to justify Trump’s withholding of money by coming up with a theory that Trump’s role as commander in chief meant he could override Congressional decisions about funding. That, of course, would give him the power to direct every aspect of our government; it would essentially make him a dictator. But while the fact anyone considered it is appalling, it is of note that even the administration lawyers recognized their argument was absurd and they ended up dumping it in favor of another theory.
December 31, 1930 ~ Blues and folk singer Odetta is born Odetta Holmes in Birmingham, Alabama. Named the “Queen of American folk music” by Martin Luther King Jr., Odetta sings “O Freedom” at the 1963 March on Washington.
40 years ago ~ December 3, 1979 ~ before The Who concert at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, 11 people are trampled to death and dozens are injured in a rush to enter the arena. “Festival seating” is the way of the day at big concerts back then. That all ends with the resulting controversy (and lawsuits) as promoters rethink the practice.