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Check Six: Tumultuous 1968 – 50 years ago

January 20, 2018

For those too young to remember, this is a good summary of 1968, a tumultuous year in the United States and the world. It was the beginning of many things while other things ended. For those more mature readers, we were part of a turning point of our American culture.

This 1968 image of the Earth rising over the moon is among the first ever photos of our planet taken by humans from deep space

A half-century ago, much of the world appeared to be in a state of crisis. Protests erupted in France, Czechoslovakia. Germany, Mexico, Brazil, the United States, and many other places. Some of these protests ended peacefully; many were put down harshly.

Two of the biggest catalysts for protest were the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War and the ongoing lack of civil rights in the U.S. and elsewhere. Two of America’s most prominent leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, were assassinated within months of each other.

But some lessons were being learned and some progress was being made—this was also the year that NASA first sent astronauts around the moon and back, and the year President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law.

These photographs represent the turmoil in 1968

Special thanks to Walter Lai for sharing this link.

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