The first episode of the television series "Batman" debuts on ABC.
the Soviet Union's Luna 9 makes the first soft landing on the Moon.
9: On the financial front,
the Dow Jones Industrial Average
hits a record 995 points.
February 16: The United States launches unmanned
It is the first
flight of the Saturn IB vehicle.
February 9: The Soviet Union crash lands space
Venera-3 on the
surface of Venus. It is the first space probe to reach the surface of
28: Astronaut candidates, Charles Basset and
Elliot See are
killed when their jet crashes into a building at an airport in St.
Missouri. They were attempting to land at the airport in adverse weather.
The United States Surveyor 1 probe makes a soft
landing on the
Moon at Oceanus Procellarum.
Neil Armstrong and Dave Scott are launched on Gemini Titan VIII to
first docking in space. After docking, the mission goes awry and
astronauts must make an emergency landing. To relive that landing
the eyes of a 7 year old follow the Gemini
March 31: The Soviet Union launches space
Luna 10 destined
for the Moon.
April 3: Luna 10 becomes the first spacecraft to
April 18: "The Sound of Music" is awarded the Oscar
Picture at the Academy Awards. "The Sound of Music" wins a
total of four Oscars. The movie, "The Great Race", wins the Oscar for
Best Effect/Sound Effects.
June 3: The United States
launches Gemini Titan IX-A
with astronauts Thomas Stafford and Eugene Cernan.
June 6: Gemini IX-A splashes down after the
July 18: The United States launches Gemini Titan X
Young and Michael Collins.
July 21: Gemini X splashes down in the Atlantic
Young and Collins upon the completion of their mission.
May 23: The rock and roll band the Beatles release
May 30: Racing driver Graham Hill wins the
September 8: The first Star Trek
episode, "The Man Trap"
broadcast on network television.
September 12: The United States launches Gemini
astronauts Pete Conrad and Richard Gordon.
September 15: Gemini XI with
astronauts Conrad and Gordon
splashs down in the Atlantic Ocean upon the completion of their mission.
November 1: United States Air Force Pilot Bill Dana
the X-15 rocket plane on
number 174. Dana reaches an altitude of 306,594 feet, which
Air Force Astronaut Wings.
November 8: The United States launches the final
mission, Gemini Titan
XII with Commander James Lovell and Pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin.
November 15: Gemini XII
down in the Atlantic Ocean after the completion of its mission.
December 13: In the Vietnam War, the United States
Hanoi, North Vietnam. This is the first time that the capital of North
Vietnam has been bombed by the United States.
December 16: Chairman Mao Tse-Tung's "Little Red
published for the first time in Beijing, China.
December 18: Dr Seuss' "How The Grinch Stole
for the first time on network television.