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Sep 12, 2014 / 148 notes

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JFK Chooses the Moon

Today in history, President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech at Rice University on the nation’s space effort.  In one of the most memorable passages JFK said:

"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard…"

Listen to the famous speech here, from the JFK Library.

Images: Lunar sample made of mare basalt encased in a glass pyramid with rectangular base.  This piece of moon rock was brought back to earth by Apollo 15 mission on August 7, 1971.  The rock, called “breccia”, weighs 160 grams and is more than three billion years old.  Courtesy of NASA Lunar Sample Display Program.

President John F. Kennedy Speaks at Rice University. 9/12/62.

Aug 6, 2014 / 143 notes

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Today in 1965, The Voting Rights Act was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The Act applied a nationwide prohibition of the denial or abridgment of the right to vote on account of race or color.  It outlawed discriminatory literacy tests, expanded voting rights for non-English speaking Americans, and appointed Federal examiners to oversee voter registration and elections. Read More

The law had an immediate impact. By the end of 1965, a quarter of a million new African American voters had been registered, one-third by Federal examiners. 

In this photo, LBJ signs the Voting Rights Act in the Capitol Rotunda, Washington, DC.  Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders stand behind him.

LBJ’s speech from the signing here

Images:

President Lyndon B. Johnson at the speaker’s podium addressing a Joint Session of Congress urging the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

LBJ handing a signing pen to Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

LBJ signs the Voting Rights Act as Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders look on.

LBJ delivering remarks in the Capitol Rotunda. A statue of  Abraham Lincoln is in background.

August 6, 1965.

A major milestone indeed.

See more memories from this week in history in our #Boomers50 blog

Mar 7, 2012 / 2 notes

State of the Baby Boomer

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Nov 3, 2011 / 31 notes

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Half of Adult Cell Phone Owners Have Apps on Their Phones

Our latest report explores recent trends in app downloads: Who uses apps? What do they download? Who pays for apps—and how much? Read more