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Understanding our world and that of our enemies

James Meredith Shot in Solo Civil Rights March 

James Meredith Shot in Solo Civil Rights March 

In June 1966 James Meredith planned a solo 220-mile  March Against Fear from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi to highlight continuing racism in the South and encourage voter registration. On the second day, he was shot by a white sniper and suffered...

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US Surveyor 1 Lands on  Moon

US Surveyor 1 Lands on Moon

https://youtu.be/FOWNrvvTIZM   In June 1966 Surveyor 1 landed in Oceanus Procellarum on the Moon, becoming the first U.S. spacecraft to soft-land on another world.

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Buddhist Uprising in Vietnam

Buddhist Uprising in Vietnam

The Buddhist Uprising of 1966 was a period of civil and military unrest in South Vietnam, largely focused in the I Corps area in the north of the country in central Vietnam. Source; Wikipedia

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Russian Venera 3 Lands on  Venus

Russian Venera 3 Lands on Venus

https://youtu.be/Rr9JCWOP9jk In March 1966 after a course correction, the Russian space probe Venera 3 crashed on Venus as the first space probe to hit the surface of another planet. Source: Wikipedia

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Russian Luna 9 Transmits Photos from Moon

Russian Luna 9 Transmits Photos from Moon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9GpfR2vpSs In February 1966, the Russian Luna 9 became the first spacecraft to achieve a survivable landing on a celestial body and return imagery from its surface. Source: Wikipedia

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LBJ Speech on The Vietnam War

LBJ Speech on The Vietnam War

"...we will not permit those who fire upon us in Vietnam to win a victory over the desires and the intentions of all the American people. This nation is mighty enough, its society is healthy enough, its people are strong enough, to pursue our goals in the rest of the...

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Chinese Cultural Revolution

Chinese Cultural Revolution

In the spring of 1966, a political dispute arose within the People's Republic of China regarding the Beijing Opera play Hai Rui Dismissed from Office.  The play depicts an honest official of the Ming Dynasty who reverses unjust land verdicts on behalf of peasants....

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Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time

In the winter of 1918 more daylight hours were added in the USA to conserve energy resources. Year-round daylight saving time was implemented again during World War II. After the war, local jurisdictions were free to choose if and when to observe DST. The Uniform Time...

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Venera 3 Space Probe

Venera 3 Space Probe

In November 1965 the Soviet Union launched the Venera 3 space probe from Kazakhstan toward Venus. In March 1966, it becomes the first spacecraft to reach the surface of another planet. Source: Wikipedia

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Battle of Ia Drang Valley

Battle of Ia Drang Valley

https://youtu.be/sx1rzDNcFmE In November 1965 the Battle of Ia Drang in the central highlands of Vietnam was the first major battle between the United States Army and the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN). The battle was the first time that US forces employed a large...

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Rhodesia Declares Independence

Rhodesia Declares Independence

https://youtu.be/QuSvnX3_Kfk In November 1965 the predominantly white Rhodesian Front of Ian Smith declared Independence from the United Kingdom. It was the first unilateral break from the United Kingdom by one of its colonies since the United States Declaration of...

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Search & Destroy – Operation Hump

Search & Destroy – Operation Hump

https://youtu.be/B1cvEQSKeGc Operation Hump was a search and destroy operation by US and Australian forces in November 1965. The objective was to drive out Viet Cong  units who had taken up positions on several key hills about 17.5 miles north of Bien Hoa.  Official...

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Freedom Flights from Cuba

Freedom Flights from Cuba

From 1965 to 1973, Freedom Flights (Los vuelos de la libertad) transported Cubans to Miami twice daily, five times per week. With ~300,000 refugees, it was the largest airborne refugee operation in American history. The program changed the ethnic makeup of Miami and...

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2nd India – Pakistan War

2nd India – Pakistan War

    The 1965 second Indo-Pakistan War was an armed conflict between Pakistan and India  from August to September 1965. The conflict began following Pakistan's infiltration of forces into Jammu and Kashmir to precipitate an insurgency against Indian rule. The...

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Gemini 5 Spaceflight

Gemini 5 Spaceflight

https://youtu.be/enW_Q6xmzCA In August 1965 NASA launched its 11th crewed spaceflight (including X-15 flights above 100 km). The crew of Gemini 5 broke the Soviet Union's previous record for duration set by Vostok 5 in 1963. Source: Wikipedia

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Operation Starlite 

Operation Starlite 

In August 1965 Operation Starlite was the first major offensive action conducted by a purely U.S. military unit during the Vietnam War.

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