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Mission 24 - Global Headlines
John Kerry's Silver Star

Saturday Evening Post Ended Its Long Run
The Saturday Evening Post, published in the US since 1821, put its last issue on the stands. Its decline was caused by the rise of TV and a libel suit that cost the magazine $360,000. The publication was perhaps most famous for the cover art illustrated by Norman Rockwell from 1916 through 1963.
Czech Student Set Self On Fire
On January 16, Jan Palach, killed himself by self-immolation in Prague's Wenceslas Square to protest Soviet occupation of his country. He died several days later but inspired hunger strikes and at least one more “human torch.”
Nixon Inaugurated
Richard Nixon succeeded Lyndon Johnson as US President on January 20th. In his address to the nation, he promised, “I shall consecrate my office, my energies, and all the wisdom I can summon to the cause of peace among nations.”
Beatles Gave Last Performance
An impromptu concert on the roof of Apple Records marked the last public performance of the Beatles. After 42 minutes, it was broken up by the police after complaints about the noise.
Arafat Appointed to Head PLO
On February 3rd in a Cairo meeting, the Palestinian Liberation Organization appointed Yasser Arafat as its chairman. The PLO had been created five years earlier in the Jordanian sector of Jerusalem.
Morrison Arrested for Lewd and Lascivious Behavior
After exposing himself to concert-goers during a March 1 performance at Miami's Dinner Key Auditorium, Jim Morrison of the Doors was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, indecent behavior, open profanity, and public drunkenness. He turned himself in to the FBI about a month later.
Assassins Pled Guilty
On March 3rd in a Los Angeles, California courtroom, Sirhan Sirhan admitted that he killed presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy. One week later in court in Memphis, Tennessee, James Earl Ray pled guilty to assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. Ray would later retract his plea.
Kennedy Involved in Accident, Passenger Killed
On his way home from a party on Chappaquiddick Island, July 18, Edward M. Kennedy drove off a bridge and into the water below. Kennedy was able to free himself from the car, but an aide who was with him, Mary Jo Kopechne, died in the car.
One Small Step for Man...
Just before 11 pm EDT on July 20th, Neil Armstrong left the Lunar Module in the Sea of Tranquility and became the first human being to set foot on the moon. He was followed by crewmate Buzz Aldrin.
Nixon Doctrine Declared
In a July 25th speech in Guam, US President Richard Nixon spelled out the Nixon Doctrine which declared that the United States now expected its Asian allies to take care of their own defense against communist aggression. This marked the start of the "Vietnamization" of the war.
Manson Cult On Killing Spree
On August 9th, members of a group led by Charles Manson murdered five people at the home owned by Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski before murdering Rosemary and Leno LaBianca a day later.
Modern IRA Born
Responding to brutal summer riots in the 1969 marching season, the UK deployed military forces to the region. By year’s end, at an IRA convention, a splinter group declared that the organization had lost credibility by failing to protect Catholics. They walked out of the conference and began building the Provisional Irish Republican Army which would launch a wave of terror attacks over the next 30 years.
Woodstock Festival Held in New York
In mid-August, the Woodstock Festival featuring three days of music by some of the era’s top artists drew crowds of more than 300,000 people to a small patch of ground owned by a local dairy farmer in Bethel, NY.
Coup Brought Qaddafi to Power
After an almost bloodless September 1st coup by a group called the Free Officers’ Movement, Col. Moammar Qaddafi became leader of Libya.
First ATM Built
At a Long Island Chemical Bank branch, the first Automatic Teller Machine, brainchild of Don Wetzel, went online September 2nd. Wetzel was a VP at a company that built automatic baggage handling machines when he got the idea for a device that would dispense cash.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Born On Halloween
On October 31, 1969, Wal-Mart, a company with about 24 stores in and around Arkansas, incorporated as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Predecessor of Internet Created
In November, the Defense Department’s high-tech Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) created a network of computers called ARPAnet to allow computers to share information throughout different defense installations, and possibly, to protect the flow of information in the event of nuclear attack. Four computers were the first connected to the system, and one of them crashed as soon as it went online.
Sesame Street Premiered
In the first episode of the long-running show, a girl named Sally was introduced to the main cast which included Gordon, Bob, Mr. Hooper, Gordon's wife Susan, Big Bird, Kermit the Frog, Oscar the Grouch, Bert, and Ernie. The show was brought to you by the letters W, S, and E and by the numbers 2 and 3.
My Lai Massacre Surfaced
Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh broke the story of the My Lai massacre in an interview with Vietnam veteran Ron Ridenhour who was appealing to Congress, the White House, and the Pentagon to investigate it.


John Kerry's Silver Star

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