Martin Luther King Jr. was shot while standing on his balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee by James Earl Ray. King was in Memphis on behalf of the striking sanitation workers for a march later that week.
The Moon Landing
July 20, 1969
The mission, known as Apollo 11, included astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. The moon landing was a success, the astronauts landed on the moon, marking the first time humans had been to the moon ever.
August 15, 1969 - August 18, 1969
Woodstock was a free concert held in New York. An estimated 1 million people attended the event, held on a farm, which is now infamous for the insane amount of people and talent held in one place.
June 17, 1972
While President Richard M. Nixon was running for reelection, he instructed members of his team to break into the Democratic National Committee's Watergate headquarters and pant listening devices. Nixon was investigated and impeached when this news surfaced during his presidency upon which he quickly resigned.
The Fall of Saigon
April 30, 1975
North Vietnam (communist) defeats South Vietnam (democratic) after the North invades the capital of Saigon. The United States fought on the side of the South Vietnamese and still managed to lose because of the Guerrilla style of fighting.
Three Mile Island
March 28, 1979
Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in the United States had a cooling malfunction caused part of the core to melt in the #2 reactor. The reactor was located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and caused a minor meltdown.
Iran Contra Affair
August 20, 1985
The United States wanted to support the Nicaraguan Contras and needed to get American hostages from Lebanon. The U.S. sold weapons against a trade embargo to Iran in order to get the hostages returned and then funnel that money to the Contras in their fight against the Sardinistas.
Tienanmen Square Massacre
April 15, 1989
Protester filled the streets in many cities in China but most of all Beijing. Tienanmen square in Beijing was the center of the protests. The Chinese government mobilized military forces to quell the rebellion who began shooting the protesters. Thousands of civilians died, some just bystanders.
World Trade Center Bombing
February 26, 1993
A truck with a bomb in it was detonated in the parking garage of the World Trade Center. Six people were killed in the bombing and President Bill Clinton reacted with sorrow.
April 7, 1994
The Hutu ethnic majority in Rwanda murdered as many as 800,000 Tutsis. The murders were supported by the Hutu government and spread throughout the country.