What's happened in the last 40 years?
a brief history...

1961 First U.S. spaceman, Navy Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard, Jr., rockets 116.5 miles up in 302-mile trip
1962 Cuban missile crisis—U.S.S.R. to build missile bases in Cuba; Kennedy orders Cuban blockade, lifts blockade after Russians back down
1963 President Kennedy shot and killed by sniper in Dallas, Tex
1964 The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show
1965 Ralph Nader's Unsafe at Any Speed rips the Chevrolet Corvair
1966 Supreme Court decides Miranda v. Arizona
1967 South African surgeons perform world's first successful human heart transplant—patient dies 18 days later
1968 Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader, is slain in Memphis
1969 Apollo 11 astronauts take man's first walk on moon and Ted Kennedy drives off a bridge
1970 Four students at Kent State University in Ohio slain by National Guardsmen at demonstration protesting incursion into Cambodia
1971 Supreme Court rules unanimously that busing of students may be ordered to achieve racial desegregation
1972 Five men are apprehended by police in attempt to bug Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C.'s Watergate complex—start of the Watergate scandal
1973 U.S. bombing of Cambodia ends, marking official halt to 12 years of combat activity in Southeast Asia
1974 Richard M. Nixon announces he will resign, the first president to do so
1975 Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft take off for U.S.-Soviet link-up in space
1976 Nation celebrates bicentennial, Jimmy Carter elected President
1977 Carter pardons Vietnam draft evaders
1978 Jim Jones's followers commit mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana
1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan stirs world protests
1980 Regan elected President, John Lennon of the Beatles shot dead
1981 AIDS is first identified
1982 Equal Rights Amendment fails ratification
1983 U.S. Supreme Court declares many local abortion restrictions unconstitutional
1984 Toxic gas leaks from Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, killing 2,000
1985 U.S. budget-balancing bill enacted
1986 Congress approves immigration bill barring hiring of illegal aliens, with amnesty provision
1987 Supreme Court rules Rotary Clubs must admit women
1988 U.S. and Canada reach free trade agreement 1989 Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini declares author Salman Rushdie's book The Satanic Verses offensive and sentences him to death
1990 World Wide Web debuts, popularizes Internet
1991 Professor Anita Hill accuses Judge Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment
1992 Republicans renominate Bush and Quayle, Clinton and Gore Elected
1993 Clinton agrees to compromise on military's ban on homosexuals
1994 Clinton accused of sexual harassment while governor of Arkansas, O.J. Simpson goes on a road trip
1995 Scores killed as Timothy McVay car bomb blows up block-long Oklahoma City federal building, O.J. goes golfing
1996 Valujet crashes in Everglades; all 110 aboard killed
1997 Tiger Woods breaks multiple records in Masters golf tournament
1998 President accused in White House sex scandal; wags his finger and denies allegations of affair with White House intern, Monica Lewinsky
1999 World population reaches six billion milestone
2000 Bush and Gore armwrestle in Florida. Bush wins
2001 United States attacked. Called "second Pearl Harbor." Country Unites.

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