Berkeley - Three nights and counting.

Berkeley – Three nights and counting.

– News from KMPC-Los Angeles – June 30, 1968 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

Not all the news that happened on this June 30th in 1968, but enough to keep you on your toes.

During one of their hourly “news capsules”, KMPC in Los Angeles reported the second straight night of demonstrations in Berkeley, with Police firing teargas into the crowd, estimated at around 4,000 reportedly blocking four main streets leading to the UC Berkeley campus. Berkeley Police reported at least three fires had been started, and some three police were injured. No reports on how many students were injured or arrested.

On June 28, activists marched through Berkeley in solidarity with the recent “May ’68” revolt of French students and workers. Police attacked the march, leading to six days of demonstrations and riots in the South Campus area.

And singer Judy Garland collapsed while performing before an audience of some 5,000 at the Garden State Arts Center in New Jersey the night before. Garland, the legendary star of “The Wizard of Oz” who battled an addiction to prescribed drugs, collapsed on stage during a the performance at what was then called the Garden State Arts Center (now PNC Bank Arts Center) in Holmdel. Later, ex-husband Sid Luft was arrested after not paying Garland’s bill for her stay at the Berkeley Carteret Hotel in Asbury Park. No report on her condition at the time, but spokespeople later said the collapse was due to exhaustion.

And that’s just a small portion of what happened this June 30th in 1968.

Nobody ever said history was dull on a day-to-day basis.

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