This Day in History

Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On this day in history, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is tragically assassinated by James Earl Ray while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. King’s death sends shockwaves across the nation and sparks outrage, galvanizing the civil rights movement and cementing his legacy as a champion of […]

My Lai Massacre During the Vietnam War

The My Lai Massacre, one of the most infamous incidents of the Vietnam War, occurred on this day in 1968. American soldiers killed as many as 500 unarmed Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai hamlets, shocking the world and fueling anti-war sentiments in the United States.

The Orangeburg Massacre Occurs During Civil Rights Protests

A tragic event in the struggle for civil rights took place on February 8th, 1968, as three African American students were killed and many others injured during protests against segregation at South Carolina State University, known as the Orangeburg Massacre.

Apollo 8 Orbits the Moon

A historic moment in space exploration occurred on December 21st, 1968, when the Apollo 8 spacecraft, with astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders, became the first manned mission to orbit the Moon.

Operation SEALORDS

U.S. forces in Vietnam launch Operation SEALORDS (South East Asia Lake, Ocean, River and Delta Strategy), an attack on communist supply lines and base areas in and around the Mekong Delta.