Yuri Gagarin - The Soviet Union spacecraft Vostok 1 was launched in 1961.

1960s History Fun Facts

Discover some of the most incredible fun facts about the 1960s. This decade was a significant year for many reasons. Discover fascinating facts about 1960 that happened in the US, UK, and around the world. Get to know about events that shaped this decade.

The 1960s were a turbulent decade in many ways. It was a time of political unrest, counterculture, the space race, the Beatle-mania, Bob Dylan, Civil Rights Movement, assassinations, police brutality, and war protests.

1960s History Fun Facts

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Nelson Mandela, who led the movement in South Africa in a bid to end apartheid, was sentenced to life in June 1964. He served 27 years in prison.
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OPEC, The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, was formed on 14 September 1960 initially by five countries, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela.
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Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on 20 July 1969 became the first humans to have stepped on the moon, six and half hours after they landed on the moon at the "sea of tranquillity".
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The 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated on 22 November 1963 in Dallas when his motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza.
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On 17 June 1967, China became the fourth thermonuclear power of the world (after the United States, Soviet Union, and the U.K.) After successfully testing its first hydrogen bomb.
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Russia, on 20 October 1961, performed the first armed test in which it launched a submarine-launched ballistic missile, named R-13 from a Golf-class submarine.
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The famous “I Have a Dream” public speech was delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on 28 August 1963 in Washington D.C who at that time was an American civil rights activist and Baptist minister.
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Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin on April 12, 1961, became the first man to travel in space by completing one orbit around Erath in his capsule Vostok 1.
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Allen K. Breed, in 1967 was successful in inventing a ball-in-tube mechanism that was instrumental in detecting crashes which led to the invention of automated airbags for vehicles.
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Rhodesia declared its independence from Britain in 1965. It officially named itself The Republic of Zimbabwe on 18 April 1980, and the Zimbabwean dollar replaced the Rhodesian dollar as the official currency.

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