Conspiracy Theories of the 20th Century

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    Conspiracies in the 20th Century

  • Soviet establishes Society for studies in Interplanetery travel

    Russia establishes its space program, notably before NASA was created.
  • Invention of the Television

    Invention of the Television
    John Logie Baird presents the first working television system to members of the Royal institution as a journalist.
  • German's send first rocket to reach 100km from earth

    German's send first rocket to reach 100km from earth
    Wernher Von Braun's designed rocket ,V2 becomes the first rocket to reach 100km from earth. At this point he was working for the Nazis.
  • End of World War 2

    End of World War 2
    Japanese sign surrender papers on an American Battleship, officially ending the war.
  • Start of Vietnam war

    Start of Vietnam war
    Under the rule of Ngo Dinh Diem, Vietnam goes into war against the US and its allies.
  • Russians launch "Sputnik" into orbit

    Russians launch "Sputnik" into orbit
    A Soviet intercontinental ballistic missile launches a the world's first sattellite into orbit, temporarily putting them into the lead of the space race.
  • American's launch their first Sattelite into Space

    American's launch their first Sattelite into Space
    In a bid to keep up with the Russians in the space race, the Americans launch their first stattellite called Explorer I, designed by the US under the direction of Wernher Von Braun, a former Nazi rocket scientist.
  • Nasa is established

    Nasa is established
    President Dwight Eisenhower signs a public order for the establishment of the National Aeronautics and Space Admninistration.
  • First aircraft on the moon

    First aircraft on the moon
    Russian aircraft the Luna 2 is the first aircraft to land on the moon, crash landing at a speed that would kill an astronaut.
  • Russians send first man into space

    Russians send first man into space
    Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man to go into space, pushing the Russians further ahead of the Americans in the space race, Americans become desperate.
  • First Woman in space

    First Woman in space
    Soviet have another great achievement in sending the first woman into space, Valentina Tereshkova
  • John F Kennedy is Assasinated

    John F Kennedy is Assasinated
    Lee Harvey Oswald shoots JFK twice whilst the president was riding in an open top limo. 70% of Americans to this day believe there was a conspiracy behind it.
  • Nixon Re-elected President

    Nixon Re-elected President
  • First Men on the moon

    First Men on the moon
    American spaceflight Apollo 11 lands the first men on the moon, astronauts Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) and Buzz Aldrin (1930-present). This event concluded the space race with the Americans as victors.
  • Beginning of the release of the Pentagon Papers excerpts

    Beginning of the release of the Pentagon Papers excerpts
    Documents containing secret government details to do with Vietnam relations is released in the New York times, which encourages the public to put pressure on the government to get out of Vietnam.
  • Break in At Watergate Office Complex

    Break in At Watergate Office Complex
    At 2:30 am, police arrest 5 men were arrested who had attempted to break into the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate Office complex, 2 of them having CIA connections and one being a member of the Republican Party ( James W McCord Junior)
  • Conclusion of the Apollo prorgam

  • Nixon resigns from presidency

    The first president to ever resign, to replaced by Gerald Ford, due to the building pressure of the Watergate Allegations
  • Nixon resigns from office

    Nixon resigns from office
    After adressing the public on television, Nixon resigns in suspicious circumstances to do with the Watergate scandal. Although he is charged with impreachment, preceding president Johnson clears him of all charges.
  • Publishing of Bill Kaysing's book denying the Landing

    Publishing of Bill Kaysing's book denying the Landing
    Bill Kaysing's self published book, "We never went to the Moon: America's 30 Billion Dollar Swindle", causes furor and general questioning of whether the moon landing occured among the American public.
  • Film Capricorn One released

    Film Capricorn One released
    Peter Hyam releases a film about a hoaxed trip to Mars in a ship that looks similar to Apollo 11, sparking a popularity in the moon conspriacy in the post-Vietnam war era.
  • the outbreak of Aids

    the outbreak of Aids
    The centre of disease control and prevention reports the HIV/AIDs epidemic, conspiracists believe it was man made in order to wipe out homosexuality
  • Fox network airs "Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?"

    Fox network airs "Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?"
    In Febuary, the Fox network features the tv special: Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon? which was viewed by 15 million people, which apparently raises skepticism among 20% of Americans.