A Sound of Thunder: The Six Day War
Contributed by Alex Shrugged
A note before we begin: When people demand that Israel return to its 1967 borders, they mean the borders BEFORE this war. And remember, Alex Shrugged is Jewish and he supports Israel, yet he is doing his best to remain objective. Here we go.
Currently, to the Arabs, Israel looks like another European colonial power trying to muscle in. Old Jerusalem is in the hands of the Jordanians, and the Israelis have hit them hard in retaliation for various border incidents. Israel itself is only 9 miles wide in the middle, and it has been under bombardment from Syria's Golan Heights. Then the Soviet Union announces that Israel is preparing to invade Syria! (The Soviets are mistaken. Oops!) Syria calls for help, so Egypt moves its tanks into the Sinai, expelling the UN peacekeepers. (I guess the UN is a poor peacekeeper.) Egypt denies passage to Israeli shipping through the Gulf of Aqaba, thus blocking oil shipments and supplies. This is an act of war. After secret calls to Egypt to back off, Israel makes a preemptive air strike on Egypt. Along the way the US spy ship Liberty is hit. (It's ruled an accident. Yeah. Maybe.) Israel destroys Egypt's air force, tanks roll over the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip is taken. They hit Jordon taking Jerusalem and the west bank of the Jordon River. They also take the Golan Heights in Syria. In six days, it's all over but the shouting, and the shouting goes on and on and on.     
Protesting the War, the Environment, and Everything
Contributed by Alex Shrugged
After acceptance of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the protestors against nukes need a new direction, so they have turned toward the environmental cause. The apocalyptic books Silent Spring (unburdened by footnotes), and Famine 1975! America's Decision: Who Will Survive? warned of the destruction of the food chain (that will lead to nuclear war). Paul Erlich publishes The Population Bomb next year. His hockey-stick graphs "prove" that our population growth is out of control. In summary: We're all going to die! President Johnson (LBJ) has radically stepped up deployments to Vietnam which requires an increasing number of draftees. Protesters are burning their draft cards, and marching in the streets by the hundreds of thousands. Muhammad Ali is arrested for refusing the draft. (His conviction will be overturned.) The musical Hair captures the mood of this year. Naked, but not afraid. Certainly resigned to one's fate, and if one is going to die anyway... grabbing whatever pleasure or oblivion one can find. Tune in, turn on and drop out. Peace, love dope!        
Contributed by Southpaw Ben
- Anderson Cooper: CNN news Reader. 
- Adam Savage: Co-host of the Mythbusters. 
- -- In Comedy: Will Ferrell and Jimmy Kimmel. 
- -- In Music: Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Kurt Cobain (died 1994, age 27 of suicide by shotgun). 
- -- In Movies: Julia Roberts, Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity in The Matrix) and Harry Connick, Jr. (Independence Day). 
This Year in Film
- The Graduate: Dustin Hoffman is chased by Mel Brooke's wife! Anne Bancroft. 
- Disney's The Jungle Book: Last film produced by Walt Disney before his death last year. 
- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Portrays interracial marriage as reasonable. (Or at least imaginable.--alexshrugged) 
This Year in TV
- -- In Comedy: The Carol Burnett Show, The Smothers Brothers and The Flying Nun (Sally Field), . 
- -- In Game Shows: The Newlywed Game in Primetime. 
- -- In Detective Shows: Ironsides, and Mannix. 
This Year in Music
- (Come On Baby) Light My Fire: The Doors. 
- And the Beatles: "All You Need Is Love" and "Strawberry Fields Forever". 
In Other News
This Year on Wikipedia
Year 1967, Wikipedia.
- NPR : The Mideast : A Century of Conflict : Part 4 (2017). Retrieved on 15 March 2017. “In the spring of that year, the Soviet Union had led the radical government in Damascus to believe that Israel was planning to invade Syria. Syria shared this misinformation with Nasser. The Egyptian leader closed the Gulf of Aqaba to shipping, cutting off Israel's primary oil supplies. He also ordered United Nations peacekeepers to leave the Sinai Peninsula. And he sent scores of tanks and hundreds of troops into the Sinai toward Israel.”
- A Sound of Thunder - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 14 March 2017. “Upon returning to 2055, Eckels notices subtle changes – English words are now spelled and spoken strangely, people behave differently, and Eckels discovers that Deutscher has won the election instead of Keith. Looking at the mud on his boots, Eckels finds a crushed butterfly, whose death has apparently set in motion a series of subtle changes that have affected the nature of the alternative present to which the safari has returned.”
- A Sound of Thunder (film) - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 14 March 2017. “The film is based on the short story of the same name by Ray Bradbury. It is about 'time tourists' who accidentally interfere too much with the past, completely altering the present.”
Oren, Michael B.. Six Days of War. Oxford University Press, USA. ISBN 9780195151749. “Rabin picked up the cue. "We have entered a situation of no retreat. Our objective is to give Nasser a knockout punch. That, I believe, will change the entire order of the Middle East. What's more, if we do it alone--not that I think anybody will help us--it will have a different impact than 1956." He explained that nobody in the general staff wanted war, but destroying Nasser was Israel's only option for survival.
The generals then rushed to present their war plans, beginning with air force commander Motti Hod. He claimed that the IAF knew the location of all Egypt's jets, and would destroy most of them on the ground, flying as many as 1,000 sorties per day. But he also called attention to the enemy's reconnaissance flights over Israel, and warned of the dangers of tarrying. "We're ready to go into operation immediately," Hod concluded, "there's no need to wait, not even 24 hours."”
NSA: Chronology of Events: USS Liberty (OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT SITE) (2017). Retrieved on 15 March 2017. “'
CINC Messages (PDF)
Arab/Israel Confrontation,08 Jun 1967
USS Liberty, SECDEF Authorizes Force in Defense of USS LIBERTY, 08 Jun 1967
USS Liberty, 06 Jun 1967
Security Violation, 09 Jun 1967
USS Liberty, Dry Dock, 10 Jun 1967
USS Liberty Ref A. Fonecon LTC Russell, 08 Jun 1967”
- Famine 1975! America's Decision: Who Will Survive? - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- The Population Bomb - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Simon-Ehrlich wager - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- The Limits to Growth - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Summer of Love - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 13 March 2017. “The gathering of approximately 30,000 people made the Human Be-In publicized hippie fashions. The term 'Summer of Love' originated with the formation of the Council for the Summer of Love during the spring of 1967 as a response to the convergence of young people on the Haight-Ashbury district.”
- Hair (musical) - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 13 March 2017. “Rado described the inspiration for Hair as 'a combination of some characters we met in the streets, people we knew and our own imaginations. We knew this group of kids in the East Village who were dropping out and dodging the draft, and there were also lots of articles in the press about how kids were being kicked out of school for growing their hair long'. He recalled, 'There was so much excitement in the streets and the parks and the hippie areas, and we thought if we could transmit this excitement to the stage it would be wonderful.... We hung out with them and went to their Be-Ins [and] let our hair grow.'”
- National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 13 March 2017. “On April 15, 1967, the Spring Mobilization's massive march against the Vietnam War from Central Park to the United Nations attracted hundreds of thousands of people, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Harry Belafonte, James Bevel, and Dr. Benjamin Spock, who marched and spoke at the event. During the event many draft cards were burned, according to the New York Times.”
- Muhammad Ali - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 13 March 2017. “On April 28, 1967, Ali appeared in Houston for his scheduled induction into the U.S. Armed Forces, but he refused three times to step forward when his name was called. An officer warned him that he was committing a felony punishable by five years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Once more, Ali refused to budge when his name was called, and he was arrested. Later that same day, the New York State Athletic Commission suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his title. Other boxing commissions followed suit. Ali would not be able to obtain a license to box in any state for over three years.”
- Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring. Fawcett.
- Ehrlich, Paul R.. Population Bomb. Ballantine Books.
- Famine 1975! America's Decision: Who Will Survive?. Little, Brown & Company.
- 1967 Births - Wikipedia (2017).
- Anna Nicole Smith - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 7 March 2017. “While performing in October 1991 at Gigi's, a Houston strip club later renamed as 'Pleasures', Smith met elderly oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall, and they began a relationship. During their two-year affair, he reportedly lavished gifts on her and asked her to marry him several times. She divorced her husband Billy on February 3, 1993, in Houston. On June 27, 1994, 26-year-old Smith and 89-year-old Marshall were married in Houston.”
- 1967 in film - Wikipedia (2017).
- 1967 in television - Wikipedia (2017).
- 1967 in music - Wikipedia (2017).
- The Monkees - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 7 March 2017. “They were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968. The musical acting quartet was composed of Americans Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork and British actor and singer Davy Jones.”
- 1967 - Wikipedia (2017).
- Outer Space Treaty - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 13 March 2017. “However, the Treaty does not prohibit the placement of conventional weapons in orbit and thus some highly destructive attack strategies such as kinetic bombardment are still potentially allowable. The treaty also states that the exploration of outer space shall be done to benefit all countries and that space shall be free for exploration and use by all the States.”
- Roger B. Chaffee - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 13 March 2017. “By the time firefighters were able to open the hatch, the fire had extinguished itself. The back of Chaffee's couch was found in the horizontal position, with the lower portion angled towards the floor. His helmet was closed and locked, his restraints were undone, and the hoses and electrical connections to the suit remained connected.:4–7 As he was farthest from the origin of the fire, he suffered the least amount of burns and suit damage.”
- Apollo 1 - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 13 March 2017. “Nine seconds later (at 6:31:04.7), one of the astronauts (some listeners and laboratory analysis indicate Grissom) exclaimed 'Hey!' or 'Fire!'; this was followed by two seconds of scuffling sounds through Grissom's open microphone. This was immediately followed at 6:31:06.2 (23:31:06.2 GMT) by someone (believed by most listeners, and supported by laboratory analysis, to be Chaffee) saying, '[I've, or We've] got a fire in the cockpit.'”
- Vladimir Komarov - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 13 March 2017. “His spaceflight on Soyuz 1 made him the first Soviet cosmonaut to fly into outer space more than once, and he became the first human to die on a space mission—he was killed when the Soyuz 1 space capsule crashed after re-entry on 24 April 1967 due to a parachute failure. He died when the capsule crashed into the ground.”
- Early life and military career of John McCain - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 13 March 2017. “McCain's plane went into a vertical inverted spin. McCain bailed out upside down at high speed; the force of the ejection fractured his right arm in three places, his left arm, and his right leg at the knee, and knocked him unconscious.”