My cultural timeline of the world continues:
1951 – 1975 AD
1952 AD — Queen Elizabeth II becomes the monarch of Great Britain.
1952 AD — Eva Peron dies.
1952 AD — The first Hydrogen Bomb is developed and detonated.
1952 AD — Jonas Salk invents the Polio vaccine.
1952 AD — The United Nations Headquarters Building is built in New York City. This and many other major tourist attractions have been incorporated into Gary’s Walking Tour of New York City, available for sale on the website for just $1.49.
1953 AD — James Watson and Francis Crick discover the structure of DNA as a Double Helix.
1953 AD — Mount Everest is first conquered by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
1953 AD — Josef Stalin dies.
1953 AD — Elvis Presley launches his music career.
1953 AD — The Shrine of the Bab*, focal point of the Bahai Gardens*, was completed in Haifa, Israel. *= UNESCO World Heritage Sites
1954 AD — In the Supreme Court ruling known as Brown vs. the Board of Education, racial segregation is ended in United States’ schools.
1954 AD — The song, Rock Around the Clock, by Bill Haley and the Comets, is recorded, launching a new genre in music known as Rock and Roll.
1954 AD — Wat Traimit, in Bangkok, Thailand, receives the Golden Buddha Statue that has made it famous. This and many other major tourist attractions have been incorporated into Gary’s Walking Tour of Bangkok, available for sale on the website for just $1.49.
1956 AD — The city of Brasilia is constructed and becomes the new capital of Brazil.
1957 AD — Sputnik I is launched by Russia, ushering in the Space Age.
1957 AD — The first prescription for an oral contraceptive pill is written and filled.
1958 AD — The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is founded.
1959 AD — Hawai’i and Alaska become the 49th and 50th states, respectively.
1959 AD — The Dalai Lama escapes into exile from Tibet because of the Chinese takeover.
1959 AD — The Vietnam War begins.
1959 AD — World Population reaches 3 Billion.
1960 AD — The first Laser is developed.
1960 AD — The Beatles form in Liverpool, England.
1960 AD — Muhamed Ali wins gold in the Rome Olympics.
1961 AD — The Berlin Wall is constructed to separate East and West Berlin.
1961 AD — The Russians launch the first human into space (Yuri Gagarin).
1961 AD — The Space Needle is erected in Seattle, Washington. It was originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair. This and many other major tourist attractions here have been incorporated into Gary’s Walking Tour of Seattle, available for sale on the website for just $1.49.
1962 AD — The Cuban Missile Crisis occurs, creating tensions between Russia and the United States which stop just short of war.
1962 AD — The Beatles release their first record. This marks the beginning of the “British Invasion,” a domination of American record sales by a series of English groups, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Searchers, etc.
1962 AD — Marilyn Monroe dies.
1962 AD — The USS Arizona Memorial was completed in Pearl Harbor. The memorial commemorates the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941 and the lives which were lost on that “Day of Infamy.”
1962 AD — The US Air Force Academy Chapel was built by noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
1963 AD — Martin Luther King delivers his “I have a dream” speech.
1963 AD — The assassination of John F Kennedy occurs.
1964 AD — The Beatles make their first appearance in the United States on the Ed Sullivan Show.
1965 AD — Winston Churchill dies.
1965 AD — Malcolm X dies.
1966 AD — The Chinese Cultural Revolution begins.
1966 AD — The Vehicle Assembly Building at Cape Canaveral was erected to enable workers to assemble the Saturn V rocket vertically. It is one of the largest buildings in the world.
1966 AD — The Christ of the Ozarks statue is built near Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The statue stands almost 66 feet tall (20 Meters tall).
1967 AD — The “Summer of Love” takes place as part of the Hippie movement.
1967 AD — The Six-Day War occurs between Israel and Egypt.
1967 AD — The Beatles release their most celebrated album, Sgt. Pepper.
1967 AD — The Sibelius Monument is erected in Helsinki, Finland to honor the famous composer. This and many other major tourist attractions here have been incorporated into Gary’s Walking Tour of Helsinki, available for sale on the website for just $1.49.
1967 AD — The Gateway Arch in St Louis, Missouri, is opened to the public. It is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. It was a crowning achievement of noted architect Eero Saarinen.
1968 AD — Martin Luther King is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
1968 AD — Robert Kennedy is assassinated in California by Sirhan Sirhan.
1968 AD — The North Vietnamese Army launches its Tet Offensive.
1968 AD — The Byodo-In Temple is constructed near Honolulu, Hawaii. It is modeled after a similarly named temple in Japan.
1969 AD — US Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin land on the Moon (Apollo 11).
1969 AD — Woodstock, an outdoor concert in New York state, takes place.
1969 AD — The Charles Manson murders shock Hollywood and the world.
1969 AD — The Basilica of the Annunciation is built in Nazareth, Israel. Contributions from many different countries embellish the church so its construction was a truly international effort.
1969 AD — The Rock Church (Temppeliaukio) is built in Helsinki, Finland. This distinctively unusual church has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Finnish capital. This and many other major tourist attractions have been incorporated into Gary’s Walking Tour of Helsinki, available for sale on the website for just $1.49.
1970 AD — The Kent State University massacre results in four dead and nine injured students as part of a protest against the Vietnam War.
1970 AD — Gamal Nasser, Egyptian president, dies and Anwar Sadat becomes the new president of Egypt.
1970 AD — The music world is stunned by the deaths of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
1971 AD — The microchip is invented.
1972 AD — The Munich Summer Olympics are marred by the massacre of eleven (11) Israeli athletes and coaches as well as a West German policeman.
1973 AD — The Yom Kippur War occurs.
1973 AD — The World of Politics is stunned by the Watergate scandal.
1973 AD — Skylab, the world’s first space station, is launched.
1973 AD — In a Supreme Court decision known as Roe vs. Wade, abortion is now considered legal in the United States.
1973 AD — Pablo Picasso dies.
1973 AD — The Sydney Opera House is completed in Sydney Harbor, Australia. The design, by architect, Jorn Utzon, is considered one of the Twentieth Century’s most distinctive buildings. This and many other major tourist attractions here have been incorporated into Gary’s Walking Tour of Sydney, available for sale on the website for just $1.49.
1973 AD — The World Trade Towers were completed in New York City. These Twin Towers graced the city skyline until September 11, 2001 when terrorists flew passenger planes into the towers and destroyed them.
1974 AD — The skeleton of “lucy” (Australopithecus Afarensis) is unearthed at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania.
1974 AD — President Richard M Nixon resigns from office.
1974 AD — World Population reaches 4 Billion.
1975 AD — The Vietnam War ends.
1975 AD — Francisco Franco dies in Spain. Juan Carlos I becomes King of Spain
1975 AD — The Khmer Rouge kills more than a million people in what has become known as the “Killing Fields” in Cambodia.
1975 AD — The Biblical Monument, also known as the Gate of Faith, was erected in Jaffa, Israel.
1975 AD — The Catholic Cathedral of Thira, on the Greek island of Santorini, was built. This church is also known as the Cathedral of St John the Baptist and is a prominent landmark in town.