Milestone moments do not a year make. Often, it’s the smaller news stories that add up, gradually, to big history. With that in mind, in 2017 TIME History will revisit the entire year of 1967, week by week, as it was reported in the pages of TIME. Catch up on last week’s installment here.
It was a somewhat strange place for the first U.S.-USSR summit in six years: Glassboro, N.J., a college town that boasted a convenient location between New York and Washington and a fancy enough house (the college president’s) to host President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Aleksei Nikolayevich Kosygin. As TIME noted in a cover story on the meeting, “neither side was going to open the way to a major breakthrough” but the meeting was still significant. When the two discussed the joys of grandfatherhood — Johnson’s daughter had given birth that week— it was not mere small talk. Rather, it was in hopes of securing a more peaceful world for future generations. As Johnson put it, “You don’t want my grandson fighting you, and I don’t want you shooting at him.”
For all that, the meeting almost never happened, as TIME explained:
But there was clearly more work to be done. “One meeting,” Johnson told the press, “does not make a peace.”
Rare Censure: The case of Connecticut Senator Thomas Joseph Dodd, who had been accused of improperly using campaign funds and of double-billing for travel expenses, reached a rare conclusion in a formal censure for the first charge — only the seventh the Senate had ever issued.
News from Nauru: It was 50 years ago that the U.N. trust territory of Nauru became its own nation, the Republic of Nauru. TIME noted that the new country, the smallest in the world, was unusually wealthy thanks to phosphate deposits that were being mined at a rate of 1.5 million tons a year. Decades later, however, it’s become clear that such natural resources were a mixed blessing for Nauru: a more recent This American Life investigation explored how Nauru became a surprising center of world-changing events.
Minds Blown at Monterey: TIME’s somewhat square review of the famous Monterey Pop Festival at least recognized that something special was happening musically. You can read more about it here.
Next for Jerusalem: Many questions lingered in the wake of the Six-Day War, but one was of particular interest for religious people all over the world. Now that Israel had conquered the portion of Jerusalem previously controlled by Jordan, did that mean it was time for the building of the Third Temple, the hope for which was one of the motivating factors in the Jewish return to Palestine? “Learned Jewish opinion has long debated when and how the Temple can be rebuilt,” the magazine explained, but for centuries “most rabbis have gloomily concluded that the restoration of the Temple would have to wait until the coming of the Messiah.”
Bad News Bond: This review of You Only Live Twice pulls no punches, observing that James Bond was “the victim of the same misfortune that once befell Frankenstein: there have been so many flamboyant imitations that the original looks like a copy.”
Great vintage ad: This ad for a speed-reading course boasts that one of its graduates could have read the whole magazine five times before you even finished once.
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