October 8, 1967 – This day was more or less typical of most days in 1967; the Vietnam War was dragging on and taking its toll, not only of troops but in the court of Public Opinion. And owing to the increasing unpopularity of the war, President Johnson’s poll numbers were slipping rapidly. The new poll released this day showed 57% of the American population against the war. The new numbers prompted former White House aide to President Kennedy, Arthur Schlesinger to call for Johnson’s ouster, come election year in 1968, unless he makes serious moves to stop the war. President Johnson, for his part told an audience the night before that he had no plans to de-escalate.
There was other news, this day – An Iberian Airline with 40 people aboard, flying from Madrid to Havana lost an engine and the hydraulic system was losing pressure. The plane managed to land safely in San Juan Puerto Rico with all on board okay.
Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi began her tour of Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Her first stop was Warsaw for three days. Mrs. Gandhi was expected to talk about Vietnam and the possibilities of more trade and technical cooperation between India and Poland.
Former UK Prime Minister Clement Attlee died in his sleep earlier this morning at the age of 84. Attlee was Prime Minister of Great Britain during the years immediately following World War 2. He was credited for putting into motion granting Independence to India, Pakistan and Ceylon, converting the old Empire into the New Commonwealth.
And Prince Charles, heir to the British Throne, checked into Trinity College at Cambridge University this morning. Ten minutes late, the Headmaster didn’t seem to mind that much – The Prince was given a second floor suite of rooms, hopefully away from the crowds of tourists anticipated to show up unannounced.
And that’s a small slice of what happened, this October 8, 1967 as reported by ABC Radio’s News On The Hour.