Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy assassinated. Tet offensive. Kids versus cops at the Democratic Convention. On the sports pages, discus man Al Oerter wins his fourth Olympic gold, and Heidi upstages an NFL game to her eternal regret. The Tigers, Celtics, Jets and Canadiens win. Wooden and Woody have powerhouses.
A notice in the lobby of the Chicago Athletic Club reads: JOIN OUR FENCING TEAM—WE NEED SOME NEW BLOOD.
IN SI'S WORDS
Bob Beamon longjumped 29'2½", as if there never was a 28-foot barrier to fool with (nobody had ever jumped more than 27'4¾" before), and was so moved by his accomplishment that he slipped from Ralph Boston's congratulating embrace, sank to his knees, put his forehead on the ground and cried. Beamon...is a slash of a man, 6'3", 160 pounds. He comes off the board like a huge, limby frog, his legs spread-eagled and his arms dangling between them. Ordinarily he does not come off the board at all, but a good foot or so behind it for safety's sake. It was only a matter of time before he began hitting it right, but not in his most soaring dreams did he expect this. The record leap came on his very first jump, just before a rainstorm (he took only one more of the permissible six jumps). "I was thanking that good Man up there for letting me hit the ground right there," he said.
But the dream would live on.
Stars: Hayes (44), Alcindor. Astrodome crowd: 52,693. Kaput: The Bruins' 47-game win streak.
Motown hero Denny McLain wins his 30th. He'll end up 31-6.
A doping scandal costs Dancer's Image his Kentucky Derby win.
For Vince Lombardi and Jerry Kramer, the Packers' Super Bowl defeat of the Raiders is an occasion for mutual admiration.
Give peace a chance.
RFK's death evokes painful memories of '63.
Peggy Fleming cuts a fine figure at the Winter Games in Grenoble.
A Mexico City protest by black-gloved Tommie Smith (center) and John Carlos causes as much stir as Bob Beamon's record leap (opposite).