January 31
Mercury-Redstone 2 launch with Chimpanzee Ham
January 10
NASA announces plans to build the C-5 rocket booster. It became better known as the Saturn V moon rocket, which launched every Apollo moon mission.
February 20
While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in 4 hours, 55 minutes.
January 29
The first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are announced.
January 23
The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution, prohibiting the use of poll taxes in national elections, is ratified.
  February 9
The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a "record-busting" audience of 73 million viewers.
January 4
United States President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaims his "Great Society" during his State of the Union address.
January 27
Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee are killed in a fire during a test of their Apollo 1 spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
  February 10
The 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified.
Redwood National Park
January 1
Redwood National and State Parks established.
  January 22
The unmanned Apollo 5 mission lifts off carrying the first Lunar module into space.
National Civil Rights Museum, Lorain Motel, Memphis
April 4
Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King was assasinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee
  March 3
Apollo 9 is launched


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