June 30, 1968 – Anti-War Heat Up In Berkeley – Judy Garland Collapses In New Jersey –

Signs of the times - Berkeley - June 30, 1968
Signs of the times – Berkeley – June 30, 1968
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News for June 30, 1968 – KMPC 10:00 am – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Some local West Coast news for this June 30th in 1968 – The Anti-War Protests in Berkeley were heating up and going into their second day as Summer was unfolding, with fires, overturned cars and injuries on both sides. On June 30, 1968, the Mayor of Berkeley, California Wallace Johnson issued a curfew for three days after declaring a state of emergency due to protesting students in support of the student and worker strikes in Paris, France in May of that year. As of the second night, the streets of Berkeley swelled to some 4,000 protestors and police fired teargas to break up the crowd. Three Berkeley Police were injured in the fracas, but Berkeley Police didn’t disclose the numbers of arrests or injuries of demonstrators.

And singer Judy Garland collapsed on stage while performing before an audience of 5,000 in New Jersey the previous night. Spokesperson for the Monmouth New Jersey Health Center said Judy Garland was suffering from exhaustion and was being admitted for further tests over the coming days. Her condition was reported as fair.

And since this rather short newscast was coming by way of KMPC-AM in Los Angeles, the weather and surf report was of prime interest. The weather is typical for Southern California; fog and low clouds, burning off to hazy sunshine with a high of 77 degrees – winds are calm and the ocean has a light swell. No small craft warnings. Visibility; five miles.

And that was how some people in L.A. got the news for this June 30, 1968.

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