Day: May 29, 2018

COMMERCE/ECONOMY SPACE RACE

December 24: Apollo 8 is the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon

On Christmas Eve, three astronauts circled the moon 10 times. Jim Lovell, Bill Anders and Frank Borman became the first human beings to travel to the moon. Launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Apollo 8 was a mission of firsts: -The first photos of Earth taken from deep space by humans, including the now iconic […]

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COMMERCE/ECONOMY

September 30: Boeing introduces the first 747 “Jumbo Jet”

When demand for air travel reached sky-high levels in the 1960s, the world’s then-largest passenger aircraft — the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet — was a game changer. The ability to carry far more passengers than previous airliners suddenly made globetrotting a feasible option for would-be wanderers who previously thought they would never afford such exotic […]

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WAR

January 23: North Korea captures the USS Pueblo

When North Korea captured the American surveillance ship USS Pueblo, it sparked an 11-month crisis that threatened to worsen already high Cold War tensions in the region. The trouble started with the Pueblo. It had been nearly 15 years since the Korean War between U.S.-led forces and the North. The Navy intelligence ship was monitoring […]

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CIVIL RIGHTS COMMERCE/ECONOMY

Riots Following Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassination Spread to Baltimore

The Baltimore Riot of 1968 began two days after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. Rioting broke out in 125 cities across the United States, and spread to the city of Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday, April 6. The Governor of Maryland, Spiro T. Agnew, called out thousands […]

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CIVIL RIGHTS COMMERCE/ECONOMY

Coretta Scott King Leads Silent Memorial March For Martin Luther King Jr.

An assassin finally snuffed out Dr. King’s life on April 4, 1968, while he led a strike of 1,300 black sanitation workers – the working poor of their day – to demand the right to have a union. Many whites in Memphis, calling him a communist and racial agitator, said they were glad he was […]

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CATASTROPHY COMMERCE/ECONOMY

Richmond Explosion

The Richmond, Indiana explosion was a double explosion which occurred at 1:47 PM EST on Saturday, April 6, 1968 in downtown Richmond, Indiana. The explosions killed 41 people and injured more than 150. The primary explosion was due to natural gas leaking from one or more faulty transmission lines under the Marting Arms sporting goods […]

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COMMERCE/ECONOMY

A speech on the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. was given by New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy

A speech on the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. was given by New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy on April 4, 1968. Kennedy was campaigning for the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination. He had spoken at the University of Notre Dame and Ball State University earlier that day. Before boarding a plane to fly to […]

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BROADWAY COMMERCE/ECONOMY

“The Producers” Is Released

The Producers is a 1968 comedy film written and directed by Mel Brooks, which tells the story of a theatrical producer and an accountant who attempt to cheat their investors by deliberately producing a flop show on Broadway. The film stars Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder and features Dick Shawn. The Producers was the first […]

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COMMERCE/ECONOMY SPACE RACE

Apollo 5 Mission

Apollo 5 was the first unmanned flight of the Apollo Lunar Module, which would later carry astronauts to the lunar surface. It lifted off on January 22, 1968. As with Apollo 4, this flight experienced long delays. The primary cause of this was the Lunar Module, which was well behind schedule. Some of the delay […]

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COMMERCE/ECONOMY MUSIC

Aretha Franklin Releases “Lady Soul”

Lady Soul is a soul album by Aretha Franklin, released on January 22, 1968 (see 1968 in music). The album was her second chart-topper, the follow-up to “Aretha Arrives” and included some of her biggest hit singles, “Chain of Fools” (#2 Pop), and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (#8 Pop), and “(Sweet […]

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COMMERCE/ECONOMY WAR

United States Air Force Launches Operation Igloo White

Operation Igloo White was a covert United States Air Force electronic warfare operation conducted from late January 1968 until February 1973, during the Vietnam War. This state-of-the-art operation utilized electronic sensors, computers, and communications relay aircraft in an attempt to automate intelligence collection. The system would then assist in the direction of strike aircraft to […]

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COMMERCE/ECONOMY LITERATURE

“2001: A Space Odyssey” Is Published

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is a science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke. It was developed concurrently with Stanley Kubrick’s film version and published after the release of the film. The story is based in part on various short stories by Clarke, most notably “The Sentinel” (written in 1948 for a BBC competition but […]

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COMMERCE/ECONOMY SPORTS

Shriver Creates the Special Olympics

The first International Special Olympics Games were held in Chicago in 1968. Anne McGlone Burke, a physical education teacher with the Chicago Park District, began with the idea for a one-time Olympic-style athletic competition for people with special needs. Burke then approached Eunice Kennedy Shriver, head of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, to fund […]

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COMMERCE/ECONOMY SPORTS

George Foreman won a gold medal heavyweight bout against Soviet boxer

And on the last day in Mexico City, George Foreman won a gold medal heavyweight bout against Soviet boxer Ionas Chepulis dubbed the “Cold War clash.” To celebrate, Foreman gripped a small American flag and ran around the ring. Some were offended, considering it a rebuke to Carlos and Smith. Others saw Foreman’s act as […]

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COMMERCE/ECONOMY SPORTS

Bob Beamon set a long-jump world record

Bob Beamon set a long-jump world record that would last nearly 23 years.

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COMMERCE/ECONOMY SPORTS

Willie Horton lead the Tigers to a Game 7 World Series victory

It was the year when Detroit outfielder Willie Horton, who, in 1967, walked the Motor City streets wearing his uniform and trying to persuade rioters to stop the violence, helped lead the Tigers to a Game 7 World Series victory over Gibson’s Cardinals. That championship did a lot for the city’s post-riot healing.

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COMMERCE/ECONOMY SPORTS

Arthur Ashe – first black man to win a major tennis title

It was the year when Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a major tennis title, at the U.S. Open.

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COMMERCE/ECONOMY TV

Petula Clark and Harry Belafonte remember a televised moment that inadvertently became a scandal—and a civil-rights cause célèbre.

50 Years Ago, a White Woman Touching a Black Man on TV Caused a National Commotion On April 2, 1968, America watched as, for the first time, a white woman touched a black man’s arm on primetime television. The white woman was Petula Clark, the two-time Grammy-winning British singer with a slew of top 10 […]

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