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April 20, 1964 – WNBC News – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
April 20, 1964. A busy news day if you were living in New York on this day. Another new phrase was entering our vocabulary for the 60’s: The Stall-In. Leaders for CORE and several other groups were threatening to use this new tactic in the ever-growing call for Civil Rights. City officials were worried, since it meant tying up traffic for what could be hours as cars “broke down” at busy intersections across the city in protest. The New York State Supreme Court struck down the threatened protest which was slated to take place on the morning of the opening of the New York World’s Fair. It was remaining to be seen whether or not the court’s decision would be accepted by the three chapters of CORE in New York. Queens District Attorney Frank O’Connor, who had asked for the injunction, invited the leaders of the groups involved to meet and speak with him at his office. The meeting was not considered a success from the City’s point of view. The Fair was scheduled to open in two days and chaos from the stall-ins was anticipated.
Meanwhile, the subject of Medicare was the basis for a protest march by seniors who descended on the Waldorf-Astoria where President Johnson was busy lunching with Publishers and discussing Foreign Policy. The Seniors were determined to see President Johnson and present him with their plea for passage of the Medicare bill. The seniors held a Poverty Banquet of milk and crackers at the Hotel Commodore some nine blocks away from where Johnson was lunching. When the seniors finally arrived at The Waldorf, they were informed the President had already left. The seniors expressed bitter disappointment but also anger that march organizers failed to mention that LBJ would be gone by the time they arrived, but didn’t tell anyone.
All that, plus actor Sidney Poitier receiving an award at the Mayor’s office. A press conference with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, a review of opening plays on Broadway and plans to restore a block in lower Manhattan to its appearances in the 17th and 18th centuries were revealed.
News for this April 20th in 1964 as heard over WNBC (AM and FM) in New York.