55 Years Ago This Week May 28 Israel's government made the decision "to cross the nuclear threshold and assemble nuclear devices" at its nuclear research facility at Dimona. Israel received a communication from U.S. President Johnson at 11:00 in the morning Israeli time, advising that the Soviet Union had informed the U.S. that if Israel started military action, the Soviets would "extend help to the attacked states", and urged that he would advise that "Israel just must not take pre-emptive military action". At 3:00, the cabinet held a meeting and voted to wait an additional two to three weeks to allow the international community to reopen the Straits of Tiran before launching a preemptive conventional attack against its neighbors. With the exception of Transportation Minister Moshe Carmel, the cabinet vote had been almost unanimous. Prime Minister Levi Eshkol went on the radio at 8:30 pm local time to deliver what would be called an "ill-fated address" that "had a detrimental impact on morale" as he tried to explain the government's decision to wait. Sailing in his 54-foot yacht, Gipsy Moth IV, 65-year old Sir Francis Chichester completed his round-the-world voyage, sailed into England's Plymouth Harbour, where he was greeted with cheers from 250,000 spectators. After docking, he "set a firm foot on dry land for the first time in four months". Chichester had departed Plymouth on August 27 and stopped only at Sydney, Australia. May 29 Pope Paul VI named 27 Roman Catholic archbishops to the rank of cardinal, bringing the total number to 120. The 27 were 13 Italians, four Americans, three French, and one each from Poland, West Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Bolivia, Argentina and Indonesia. All 27 would be formally elevated on June 26 in Rome. The new cardinal from Poland was the Archbishop of Kraków, Karol Wojtyla, who would, in 1978, become Pope John Paul II. What would have been John F. Kennedy's 50th birthday was honored by the issuance of a new, 13-cent postage stamp bearing the late President's likeness. Because of the Memorial Day holiday, U.S. post offices were not open. May 30 – In Cairo, King Hussein of Jordan made the fateful decision to sign a five-year mutual defense pact with Egypt, placing Jordan's regular army, the Arab Legion, under President Nasser's command in the event of a war with Israel. Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban would say later that King Hussein's trip to Cairo was "the final step that ensured the inevitability of war", and that until then, Israel had planned to leave Jordan (including the West Bank and East Jerusalem). May 31 – The first Black Shield operation, reconnaissance photography from 80,000 feet of surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites in North Vietnam by Lockheed A-12 jets, was performed by U.S. Air Force pilot Mel Vojvodich. He took off from Kadena Air Base at Okinawa, refueled at 25,000 feet, then flew over Haiphong, Hanoi and Dien Bien Phu, refueled again over Thailand, then flew over the area above the DMZ, photographing 70 of the 190 known SAM bases. June 1 Israel's Prime Minister Levi Eshkol reorganized his cabinet to include his political rivals as part of a "national unity government" in preparation for the expected war with the neighboring Arab nations. Most notably, Eshkol and Foreign Minister Abba Eban brought in Moshe Dayan as the Israeli Defense Minister. The McDonald's fast-food chain went international with the opening of its first restaurant in Canada, located at 712 Number Three Road in Richmond, British Columbia, near Vancouver. June 2 Protests in West Berlin against the arrival of the Shah of Iran turn into fights, during which 27-year-old student Benno Ohnesorg is killed by a police officer. His death results in the founding of the terrorist group 2 June Movement. Luis Monge is executed in Colorado's gas chamber, in the last pre-Furman execution in the United States. American F-105 jets attacked the North Vietnamese port of Cam Pha and cannon fire struck a Soviet diesel ship, the Turkestan, as it sat in harbor. Nikolai Rybachuk, a Soviet merchant sailor was killed and six others were injured. The United States initially denied that it had struck the Turkestan and attempted to blame the death on North Vietnamese anti-aircraft fire, but conceded 16 days later that the Soviet ship had been strafed by cannon fire from F-105 jets that had participated that day in a third attack on Cam Pha. A race riot began in the predominantly African-American Roxbury section of Boston, the first of many riots during the hot summer of 1967. When the rioting in Boston ended after three days, 70 people had been injured, 100 arrested, and millions of dollars of property damage had taken place. Violence in June would follow in Philadelphia (June 10), Tampa (June 11), and Cincinnati (June 13), Dayton, Ohio and Lansing, Michigan (June 15), Atlanta (June 20) and Buffalo (June 26). June 3 – With demolition of the 1964 New York World's Fair site completed and reseeding and reclamation finished by fair organizers, Flushing Meadows Park was turned back over to city officials. Selections from Billboard's Hot 100 for the week: Leaving the chart: "Jimmy Mack," Martha & The Vandellas (14 weeks) "A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You," The Monkees (10 weeks) Re-entering the chart: "Make Me Yours," Bettye Swann Recent and new on the chart: "For Your Precious Love," Oscar Toney, Jr. (May 27; #23 US; #4 R&B) "The Tracks of My Tears," Johnny Rivers (#10 US) "Up, Up and Away," The 5th Dimension (#7 US; #9 AC; 1968 Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Record of the Year) "Don't Sleep in the Subway," Petula Clark (#5 US; #1 AC; #12 UK) "Light My Fire," The Doors (#1 US the weeks of July 29 through Aug. 12, 1967; #35 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time ) And new on the boob tube: The Ed Sullivan Show, Season 19, episode 36 The Saint, "The Angel's Eye" _______ As it would have been Mission: Impossible 1980, maybe they were gonna recast him with Wolfman Jack. A-ha! Disavowed! I don't suppose they would have gotten into whether this was also Briggs's fate...? I was reminded of this: Wide Willy - YouTube Strains credibility a bit (even by M:I standards) that they'd be able to operate effectively if they've been exposed enough that Jim is being interviewed by reporters. Jim had six years to go cold turkey from the fumes. It can be a pretty interesting twist if done well. Probably calling into question whether his assignments were always in the country's or free world's best interests, which seems like a sensible place for them to take the concept in the post-Watergate era. lame. 'Help!' Intermission & Part Two - YouTube _______ So...I finally just signed up for frndly (and canceled Netflix). Signed up for the premium plan, on an annual basis to save a bit. I'll have to check the schedules to see if there's anything coming up that I can record in time for this fall's new 50th anniversary season. I'm also planning to finally get into putting together some hiatus retro business in the meantime. As we've been on the subject of M:I, one of the things I'd been intending to do, which is now on my short list of reduced options, would be to finally catch those seven Season 1 episodes that I missed back in 2017.