Three days of mounting tension came to a head as protestors and police clashed outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The riots culminated in a police assault on the crowds outside the convention-hosting Hilton Hotel, captured live by news cameras as the protestors cried “the whole world is watching!”.
Transmitted into American living rooms and recorded for posterity, the incident demonstrated how both the immediacy and permanence of television was reshaping civic and political action during the 1960s. -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: Jack Black, tenacious (43); Jennifer Coolidge, broke girl booster (51); David Fincher, music video maestro (50); Ben Gazzara, lawman (d. 2012); Luis Guzmán, Greendale grad (56); Ken Jenkins, curmudgeonly chief of medicine (72); Jason Priestley, Beverly Hillsian (43); Daniel Stern, nostalgia narrator (55).