Joanne Woodward earns first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
American "U2" spy plane
American "U2" spy plane shot down over the USSR.
Murderer/Writer Caryl Chessman is executed.
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin is the first man to travel into space, as he circles the earth in 90 minutes in the Vostok I 187 miles above the earth.
Ernest Hemmingway commits suicide with shotgun
President Kennedy creates the Peace Corps to improve education, agriculture, and living standards in Latin America, Asia, and Africa
Marine Corps General John Glenn
In February Marine Corps General John Glenn circles the earth 3 times in the Friendship 7.
The World's Fair is held in Seattle
Marilyn Monroe dies of barbituate overdose at the age of 36.
Sniper kills Negro leder Medgar Evers
Dr. Martin Luther King
Dr. Martin Luther King delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. In August, more than 200,000 Americans will march in Washington in support of civil rights.
Beatles first hit "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" is released
Civil rights workers
Three civil rights workers are murdered in Mississippi
U.S. Ranger 7
U.S. Ranger 7 relays the first close-range photographs of the Moon
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wins the Nobel Peace Priz
Winston Churhill dies
Black nationalist leader Malcolm X is shot to death in New York
The largest blackout in the nation's history from Toronto plant puts the lights out in 80,000 square miles to include New York. Nine months later many post baby boomers were born as a result of the black out.
Russia makes first soft moon landing
James Meredith is shot on civil rights march
The Beatles perform their final live concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco
Israel smashes the Arabs in 6 day war
Jann Wenner borrows $7,500 to begin publication of Rolling Stone Magazine
U.S. population is now at 200 million
U.S. Spy ship
The U.S. Spy ship Pueblo is seized by North Korea
Martin Luther King
James Earl Ray arrested for assassination of Martin Luther King
The Apollo Eight completes a flight around the moon at year's end
First commerical 747 goes into service
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower dies
Apollo 11 was an American spaceflight in which the astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first ever to land on the Moon