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Fifty-Seven Years Ago . . . June 18, 1964 . . . Page 170

On June 18, 1964, Black and white protesters jumped into the whites-only pool at the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, Fla. In an attempt to force them out, the owner of the hotel poured acid into the pool. Martin Luther King Jr. had planned the sit-in during the St. Augustine Movement, a part of the larger civil rights movement. The protest — and the owner's acidic response — is largely forgotten today, but it played a role in the passing of the Civil Rights Act, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.

On the morning of July 4, 1964, I awoke early as usual and walked the few yards to the beach in order to watch the sunrise.

 Fifty-Two Years Ago, June 1969

LGBT Pride Month occurs in the United States to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world. Three presidents of the United States have officially declared a pride month.

 Forty-Four years go . . . June 1977 . . . Page 218

An assistant said, “Certainly, how about here.”  He was pointing to a place on the wall where a large Rauschenberg was hanging.  “We’ll just take it down and you can hang yours there.” . . . One of my paintings is hanging where a Rauschenberg was hanging in Leo Castelli’s gallery in New York City.

 Forty Years Ago . . .  June 5, 1981 . . . Page 266

On June 5, 1981, five previously healthy gay men aged 29–36 years; their illnesses and deaths marked the dark dawn of the recognition of AIDS. The HIV/AIDS pandemic has now been with us for four decades and at least 32 million lives have been lost.

 Twenty - Eight Years Ago . . . June 24, 1993 . . . Page 306

It was two years to the day when I took Steven to the hospital for the first time, when he was diagnosed with AIDS.




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