The Kent State shootings occurred on May 4, 1970 when members of the Ohio National Guard fired shots at Kent State University, killing four students and wounding nine others. Some of the students were protesting President Nixon’s Cambodian Campaign, others were walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance. In response to the shootings, […]
The Woodstock Festival was a music festival that attracted over 400,000 people, held on a dairy farm in upstate New York from August 15-18, 1969. During the sometimes rainy weekend, 32 acts performed outdoors, including the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who, and Jimi Hendrix (pictured). It is widely regarded as a […]
The Apollo 11 mission, manned by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, marked the first two humans to walk on the moon. The landing was broadcast on live TV to a worldwide audience. Armstrong proclaimed the event “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” as he stepped onto the lunar surface.
Richard Milhous Nixon (January 3, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States from 1969 to 1974. He served eight years as Vice President under Dwight Eisenhower, and waged an unsuccessful presidential campaign against John F. Kennedy in 1960. He was elected President in 1968, defeating Hubert Humphrey. Nixon ended […]
Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and activist who is widely known as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. On October 14, 1964, he received the Nobel Peace Prize […]
The Beach Boys appeared on Ed Sullivan for the first time on September 27, 1964, performing “I Get Around” and “Wendy”. The band knocked out a performance that would be remembered for decades to come. The band (brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson and their cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine) went on to […]
A record setting 73 million people tuned in on the evening of February 2, 1964 to see the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show making it one of the seminal moments in television history.
Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay (January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016), was a professional boxer and activist. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. At age 18, he won an Olympic gold medal; at age 22 he won the WBA, WBC, and lineal […]
President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963 at 12:30pm while riding in a motorcade in Dealey Plaza with his wife Jacqueline, and Texas governor John Connally and his wife Nellie. A ten-month investigation by the Warren Commission following the assassination concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald, a former marine, acted alone in […]
President John F. Kennedy issues an executive order establishing the Peace Corps. The Corps, a volunteer program run by the U.S. government, works with abroad with governments, schools, non-profit organizations, and entrepreneurs in education, business, information technology, agriculture, and the environment. Volunteers are American citizens, typically under 30 with a college degree, who enroll for a two […]