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.
* A Sound of Thunder: The Six Day War -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged
* Protesting the War, the Environment, and Everything -- 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.
A Sound of Thunder: The Six Day WarContributed by Alex Shrugged
A note before we begin: When people demand that Israel return to its 1967 borders, they mean the borders BEFORE this war. And remember, Alex Shrugged is Jewish and he supports Israel, yet he is doing his best to remain objective. Here we go.
Currently, to the Arabs, Israel looks like another European colonial power trying to muscle in. Old Jerusalem is in the hands of the Jordanians, and the Israelis have hit them hard in retaliation for various border incidents. Israel itself is only 9 miles wide in the middle, and it has been under bombardment from Syria's Golan Heights. Then the Soviet Union announces that Israel is preparing to invade Syria! (The Soviets are mistaken. Oops!) Syria calls for help, so Egypt moves its tanks into the Sinai, expelling the UN peacekeepers. (I guess the UN is a poor peacekeeper.) Egypt denies passage to Israeli shipping through the Gulf of Aqaba, thus blocking oil shipments and supplies. This is an act of war. After secret calls to Egypt to back off, Israel makes a preemptive air strike on Egypt. Along the way the US spy ship Liberty is hit. (It's ruled an accident. Yeah. Maybe.) Israel destroys Egypt's air force, tanks roll over the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip is taken. They hit Jordon taking Jerusalem and the west bank of the Jordon River. They also take the Golan Heights in Syria. In six days, it's all over but the shouting, and the shouting goes on and on and on.     
Protesting the War, the Environment, and EverythingContributed by Alex Shrugged
After acceptance of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the protestors against nukes need a new direction, so they have turned toward the environmental cause. The apocalyptic books Silent Spring (unburdened by footnotes), and Famine 1975! America's Decision: Who Will Survive? warned of the destruction of the food chain (that will lead to nuclear war). Paul Erlich publishes The Population Bomb next year. His hockey-stick graphs "prove" that our population growth is out of control. In summary: We're all going to die! President Johnson (LBJ) has radically stepped up deployments to Vietnam which requires an increasing number of draftees. Protesters are burning their draft cards, and marching in the streets by the hundreds of thousands. Muhammad Ali is arrested for refusing the draft. (His conviction will be overturned.) The musical Hair captures the mood of this year. Naked, but not afraid. Certainly resigned to one's fate, and if one is going to die anyway... grabbing whatever pleasure or oblivion one can find. Tune in, turn on and drop out. Peace, love dope!        
HeadingContributed by Southpaw Ben
- Anderson Cooper: CNN news Reader. 
- Adam Savage: Co-host of the Mythbusters. 
- -- In Comedy: Will Ferrell and Jimmy Kimmel. 
- -- In Music: Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Kurt Cobain (died 1994, age 27 of suicide by shotgun). 
- -- In Movies: Julia Roberts, Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity in The Matrix) and Harry Connick, Jr. (Independence Day). 
This Year in Film
- The Graduate: Dustin Hoffman is chased by Mel Brooke's wife! Anne Bancroft. 
- Disney's The Jungle Book: Last film produced by Walt Disney before his death last year. 
- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Portrays interracial marriage as reasonable. (Or at least imaginable.--alexshrugged) 
This Year in TV
- -- In Comedy: The Carol Burnett Show, The Smothers Brothers and The Flying Nun (Sally Field), . 
- -- In Game Shows: The Newlywed Game in Primetime. 
- -- In Detective Shows: Ironsides, and Mannix. 
This Year in Music
- (Come On Baby) Light My Fire: The Doors. 
- And the Beatles: "All You Need Is Love" and "Strawberry Fields Forever".