NASA stands for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration which is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government that is responsible for the civilian space program and research. NASA was created as a result of the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union seeing who could get a man to space first.
U2 Spy Plane Shot Down (14)
May 1, 1960
The U2 Spy Plane incident was in May of 1960 when a U2 spy plane from the United States was shot down on a mission to photograph denied territory in Russia. The plane was shot down by a Soviet Air Missile on the mission.
Cuban Missile Crisis (1)
Oct 16, 1962 - Oct 28, 1962
The Cuban Missile Crisis was a confrontation between the Soviet Union and the United States that lasted 13 days. The confrontation began as the United States discovered that the Soviet Union created several launch sites located in Cuba where the missiles range covered a large portion of the United States.
Roe v Wade (10)
1971 - 1973
Roe v. Wade was a court case that was brought to the Supreme Court related to abortion laws. The ruling from the case was 7-2 saying that the 14th amendment gives the "right to privacy" protecting women's choice of whether or not to kill the baby while in the whom.
Watergate Scandal (7)
June 17, 1972 - April 30, 1973
The Watergate Scandal was a major political scandal involving Richard Nixon. This scandal involved some of Nixon's party members breaking into the Watergate headquarters of the Democratic National Committee and stealing papers and bugging the phones. This led to Nixon having to resign during his term.
The Fall of Vietnam (6)
April 30, 1975
The Fall of Vietnam was when the capital, Saigon, was captured by the People's Army of Vietnam and the Viet Cong in 1975. The capturing of the capital led to the rise of Communism in Vietnam making a Communist country and ending the war.
Tiananmen Square (5)
April 15, 1989 - June 4, 1989
The Tiananmen square was a protest led by students and supported by many workers and parents across China. The protest was in response to the death of Hu Yaobang who was the leader of the Chinese Communist Party. The protest was to show the disconnect the students had with the authoritarian style of leading demonstrated by the Communist party.
The Fall of the Berlin Wall (3)
The Berlin Wall was a wall dividing east and west Berlin from the 1960s to the late 1980s. The purpose of the wall was to prevent refugees from leaving east Germany, the Communist controlled part of Berlin. The fall of the wall represented the coming together of the two sides of Germany.
LA Riots (20)
April 29, 1992 - May 4, 1992
The LA riots in 1992 were in response to the use of excessive force in the arrest and beating of Rodney King. This event was videotaped and broadcasted resulting in lots of people seeing the situation. This triggered the riots hundreds of people were injured and stores were looted and damaged.
Olympic Bombing (18)
July 27, 1996
The Olympic Bombing in 1996 occurred in Centennial Olympic Park was a domestic terrorist pipe bombing attack. As a result of the attack, 1 person was directly killed and 111 people were injured. The attack did not target any athletes but only citizens were hurt.