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The Aug. 18, 1967, cover of TIME

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.

Week 33: Aug. 18, 1967

As an interest in sailing spread throughout the U.S.—well, at least to those places with access to water—TIME caught up with the man leading the charge: “Bus” Mosbacher, who was about to race for the America’s Cup, “the closest thing to a Holy Grail in sport.” The contest had been going on for more than a century, the cover story explained:

Mosbacher had announced his retirement after 1962, when, as skipper, he captured the cup. It was, for him, a matter of that long history. He had proven himself once, and it seemed folly to go again and risk being the one who broke the American streak with the America’s Cup. But it had turned out that he couldn’t resist, and now he was back.

Spoiler alert: Mosbacher would win, and U.S. domination in the race would last until the 1980s. (Perhaps also of interest: the editors helpfully provided this sailing glossary, for all the landlubbers out there.)

After the riot: In the aftermath of the riots that had swept American cities that summer, the political tide was turning in the direction that many in those cities had feared. Even though local government on both sides of the aisle seemed to be responding to the unrest by trying to address some of the grievances aired, Congress was looking at strong anti-riot measures that would impose harsher penalties on those who participated in any such future events.

For the birds: This gem deserves to be quoted in full:

Behind bars: This piece from the Law section goes inside the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, the only U.S. prison that officially allowed conjugal visits at the time. About 400 inmates—married men who met certain behavioral and sentencing standards—qualified for twice-monthly access to the private rooms provided by the prison for that purpose. As of last month, after a period of time during which the Mississippi practice spread to states throughout the country, only three states allowed overnight family visits for prisoners.

Programmers needed: As computers proliferated, the industry was beginning to bump up against a problem that might ring familiar for employers today—a shortage of coders. By TIME’s count, there were at least 100,000 men and women employed as programmers for the 37,000 computers in the U.S., but at least 50,000 more of them were needed.

Great vintage ad: This ad for razor blades shows how much (and how little) shaving technology has changed in the last 50 years.

Coming up next week: A different side of Vietnam

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