April 17, 1961 - The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba is repulsed by Cuban forces in an attempt by Cuban exiles under the direction of the United States government to overthrow the regime of Fidel Castro.

Kennedy on the Brink. Cuban Missile Crisis

1973 oil crisis

Franklin Delano Roosevelt at Harvard in 1903.


"Mukhtar Mai is a Pakistani woman who, after being gang-raped, was expected to commit suicide. Instead, she prosecuted her attackers and used compensation money to start schools, a women's shelter and an organization to support women from around Pakistan. We have a chapter about her story in Half the Sky."

The Twilight zone

Spring 1960. "Efforts of John F. Kennedy's campaign team, including members of his family, in West Virginia during Kennedy's quest for the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination. Includes brother Bob at a drive-in in Bluefield." From photos by Bob Lerner for the Look magazine article "The Kennedys: A Family Political Machine."

a New York Court rules that government-directed prayer in public schools is unconstitutional. #1962 #EngelvVitale

Sad day.

July 20, 1969

Headline from 1954 Brown v. Board of Education

The Gettysburg Address

Coal miner's child in grade school. Lejunior, Harlan County, Kentucky 1946,

Bomb scare drills during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 60's

Fe del Mundo, Harvard Medical School's first female student , was admitted because she was brilliant...and because they didn't realize she was a woman. Del Mundo founded the first pediatric hospital in the Philippines. She attended nine years before enrollment was opened to women.

October 22, 1962 President John F. Kennedy tells the world that, owing to Soviet missiles in Cuba, the world is on the brink of nuclear war.

A woman holding a New York City newspaper headline on November 22, 1963, showing the shock, sadness, confusion and grief of a nation.

Charles “Lucky” Luciano (1897-1962) infamous gangster considered the “father of mordern organized crime in the US”