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The 1960s

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2: Martin Luther King Jr. made the speech, "I Have a Dream" August 28, 1963. Over 20,000 demonstrators came to Washington D.C. to protest equal rights for both colors. This event was the most influential event of Dr. King career. "I Have a Dream" influenced the government to take action for equal rights.

4: On February 20, 1962, John Glenn was the first man to orbit the earth three times. His mission was completed on the "Friendship 7" spacecraft. Glenn completed this mission alone.

5: The British rock band, the Beatles, became popular during the sixties. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison played on radio stations all over the world. All concerts were sold out. The sixties were just the beginning for the Beatles.

6: John F. Kennedy was elected president. President Kennedy gave the famous speech,"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." in 1961. On November 22, 1963 in Dallas Texas, Kennedy was assassinated. No one knows for sure who killed President Kennedy.

9: In 1969, Neil Armstrong took his famous first steps on the moon. This became known as one of the biggest events in history. Neil Armstrong was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition.

11: In 1964 war in Vietnam broke out. The war was a conflict involving Cambodia and Laos. The war was fought in South Vietnam and bombs were dropped over North Vietnam. In Vietnam the war was know as the American war. The Vietnam War ended in 1975.

13: Apollo 11 was launched on July 16, 1969. Led by Commander Neil Armstrong the spacecraft was a national goal set by President John F. Kennedy. Apollo 11 reached the moon and Neil Armstrong took his historic first steps on the moon. Five astronauts lives were lost in accidents, three of which involved the launching fire.

14: In 1964, the Civil Rights Act was passed. The bill made clear that no race, including African, was to be discriminated in the United States. Not only did the bill remove racial discrimination, but also the sex discrimination. This was the first racial discrimination bill to be passed.

16: The first heart surgery was performed by Dr. Christaan Barnard in South Africa. In 1967 this was one of the greatest accomplishments in surgery. Without the transplant Louis Washkansky, the patient, was sure to die. This breakthrough was introduced to South Africa and throughout the world.

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