Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, July 9, 1967.
This patriotic episode ran shortly after Independence Day in 1967. Sarge falls asleep after reading a biography of George Washington and dreams he is one of the founding fathers trying to come up with a name for the new republic.
Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, June 4, 1967.
The film version of The Sound of Music, which was adapted from the 1959 Broadway musical composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, was released on March 2, 1965. Based on the memoir, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, the movie starred Julie Andrews as a governess who is hired by a widowed naval officer, played by Christopher Plummer, to take care of his seven children. It was the highest grossing film of 1965 and by November 1966, became the highest grossing film of all time, a distinction it held for five years.
Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, February 26, 1967.
On January 14, 1941, Victor de Laveleye, former Belgian Minister of Justice, urged in a BBC broadcast that Belgians begin using a hand gesture in which the index and middle finger are parted to make a “V for victoire” sign to demonstrate solidarity against the occupying German troops. By July, use of this symbol had spread throughout Europe. On July 19, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill referred to it in a speech and began using the hand signal himself, often with a cigar between his fingers.