As always, Alex Shrugged's opinions are his own. Other people's work are their own. I include them here for the sake of completeness and to provide a second method of access to the material for the TSP history segment.
* Mao's Cultural Revolution is the End of Culture -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged
* Tarsis leaves the USSR -- Contributed by Southpaw Ben
* Time Magazine Asks, "Is God Dead?" -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged
* Notable Births -- See below.
* This Year in Film -- See below.
* This Year in Music -- See below.
* In Other News -- See below.
Mao's Cultural Revolution is the End of CultureContributed by Alex Shrugged
Mao Tse-tung has become increasingly paranoid but even paranoids have enemies. Mao is the Chairman of Red China and he is trying to modernize his country, but he is doing it by killing off all the people he doesn't like. The current tally is running into the millions. (at this point figure 45 million.) As you can imagine, his subordinates are nervous. Will they be next? Yes. Mao is deeply suspicious of 4 members of the Polit Bureau and has them arrested for treason. They admit it because... I'm not sure why, but my sense is that they are so beaten down, they see no point in going on. Mao is freaking out. He wants only the most trusted around him, so he starts a purge. It's called the Cultural Revolution, but it is not a promotion of culture. It is a revolution AGAINST culture, and it begins at the schools. He accuses teachers of filling the student's heads with culture that will destroy Chairman Mao. He also makes exams illegal, and hands out free food to the students. It's a riot! Teachers are dragged out and beaten. Women are raped. Even at the middle schools, the kids are ready to fight to save Mao! This didn't happen all at once. He has been building a cult of personality aimed at young people, and now its paying off... for Mao anyway.    
Tarsis leaves the USSRContributed by Southpaw Ben
Valery Tarsis was a Russian writer who had become disillusioned with the Communist party in the USSR and wrote multiple books critical of it's practices. In 1966, he was permitted to emigrate to the West, and then had his Soviet citizenship revoked. His best known book, "Ward No. 7", was a personal account of the realities of the Soviet mental institutions. In it, he talks about how the doctors are abusing the patients, who are mostly political dissidents, rather than actual mental patients. He talks about how they are given random diagnosis, and then all treated with either the anti-psychotic drug aminozin, or an algogenic injection. After he was allowed to leave the USSR, KGB agents attempted to discredit him by attempting to make him appear to be mentally ill to western observers, thereby discrediting his scathing critique of the communist regime and it's "mental health" practices.
Time Magazine Asks, "Is God Dead?"Contributed by Alex Shrugged
The answer is "No", but since Time magazine never takes "No" for an answer, it gathers a number of theologians to address the question. There is a growing movement that believes that God is dead, and that Man has killed him. The secondary question is "If God is dead, how shall will build a theology without God?" Or if one believes in God, "How can we make God relevant in a modern world?" These are tough questions to answer definitively, but for a popular magazine to even address the subject betrays a major change in the mindset of the public. Why? Because a weekly magazine like Time isn't going to take too many chances in offending the public. Shocking the public? Sure. Offending it? No. This is also the first cover of Time magazine that appears without a picture... only red type on a field of black asking "Is God Dead?". Time concludes that it is up to the individual to determine, but most theologians are focusing on the cover, and not the content. Time marches on.   
- David Cameron: Conservative UK Prime Minister until recently. 
- Matt Drudge: Internet news pioneer. 
- Cindy Crawford: A supermodel who now sells furniture. 
- Shmuley Boteach Pronounced shih-MOO-lee boh-TAY-ahk: Orthodox rabbi, TV host and author of Kosher Sex. (A reasonable book--alexshrugged) 
- -- In Music: Janet Jackson. 
- -- In Comedy: Fred Armisen of Saturday Night Live. 
- -- In Sports: Mike Tyson and Troy Aikman. 
- -- In Movies: Adam Sandler, Kiefer Sutherland and J.J. Abrams (director of the Star Trek reboot). 
This Year in Film
- The Bible: In the Beginning...: From Adam and Eve to the Binding of Issac. 
- Fantastic Voyage: Miniaturized scientists travel through the human body. Isaac Asimov does the novelization.. 
- The Trouble with Angels: Teenage girls are sent to a Catholic boarding school. Comedy ensues. 
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Narrated by Boris Karloff. 
This Year in TV
- Star Trek: It begins as real sci-fi, but soon becomes unreal. (I love it, but it does get silly at times.--alexshrugged) 
- Batman: A campy version of the dark comic book character. 
- Dr. Who (the Second): He transforms into the actor Patrick Troughton! 
- The 700 Club: A Christian variety program hosted by Pat Robertson. 
- -- In Comedy: That Girl (Marlo Thomas), and The Monkees. 
- -- In Game Shows: The Newlywed Game, and Hollywood Squares. 
This Year in Music
- Strangers in the Night: Frank Sinatra. 
- Good Vibrations: The Beach Boys. 
- And the Beatles dominate: "We Can Work It Out", "Yellow Submarine" and "Paperback Writer".