Post Wwii Major Events

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Post WWII Major Events


The latter half of the twentieth century is full of many remarkable events, some of which have made changes in history, and will stand out for generations to come. Throughout the most of the last half of the century, the United States was fighting a Cold War with the Soviet Union. Americans, afraid that communists were everywhere, even within their own government, conducted what were in essence, witch hunts for communists. American astronauts were the first to ever walk on the moon. An American President, for fear of impeachment, resigned. Another President's integrity was called into question for illegal arms deals. America also freed a country from the hands of a tyrant. This paper will touch on one major
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His plan was for an American astronaut to be the first to walk on the moon. His dream became a reality in July 1969 when "tens of thousands of spectators gathered at Cape Kennedy to witness the launching of Apollo 11, the first manned spaceflight to the moon" (Davidson, 2005). Day's later astronaut's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the surface of the moon. This was witnessed by Americans all over the country; the worlds largest TV audience to date (Archer, 2007). Americans for the first time in years had something good to talk about, something that gave them hope for a better future. Although President Kennedy did not see his dream come to reality because of his assassination, it was his inspiration that gave all Americans hope, hope for a better future.
The Forgiving Seventies
As America rolled out of the sixties and into the seventies, the Vietnam War still raged on, and President Nixon was eagerly pursuing a re-election campaign. In June of 1972 while Nixon was pursuing his re-election "burglars entered the Democratic Committee headquarters, located in Washington's plush Watergate apartment complex" (Davidson, 2005). Although at the time this seemed like a trivial event it quickly became Nixon's nightmare, an event that would ultimately bring down a President. During the investigation of the break in, it was discovered that high ranking officials in the president's administration were involved…