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The Space Race
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Russia successfully launches Sputnik I in 1957, beginning the Space Race.
February 1, 1958: The United States launches Explorer I into space.
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) formed in 1958.
The first probe to hit the Moon is Luna 2 in September, 1959.
1961: First Flight to last more than 24 Hours takes place in Vostok 2.
First American in space (Alan Shepherd) in 1961.
First American citizen to orbit the earth (John Glenn) in 1962.
First woman in space in 1963.
October 1964: First three person crew.
1965: First Person to walked in space (Ed White).
March 18, 1965: First space walk by Aleskei Lenov and Pavel Belyayev.
Fire onboard kills three astronauts in 1967.
In April of 1967, Vladimir Komarov dies landing Soyuz I.
Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders orbit the moon in 1968.
1969: Successful crew transfer between Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5.
First moonwalk in July, 1969 when Apollo II lands successfully.
In 1946 Winston Churchill delivers the 'Iron Curtain' speech.
The USSR explodes its first atomic bomb in 1949.
Beginning of the Korean War in 1950.
JFK elected President in 1960.
August 17th, 1961: Beginning of the Construction of the Berlin Wall.
October of 1962: Cuban Missile Crisis
The United States becomes involved in Vietnam in 1962.
The SALT I nuclear treaty signed in 1972.
Ceasefire in Vietnam in 1973.
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