Friday, November 18, 2005

Two Fanatic Franchise Turn 40

This year Star Trek and the NFL celebrate their 40th anniversary. What was going on 40 years ago that spawned two of the most fanatic franchises?

From Wikipedia
January 4 - United States President Lyndon Johnson proclaims his "Great Society" during his State of the Union address.
February 15 - A new red and white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada replacing the Union Flag and the Canadian Red Ensign.
February 21 - Malcolm X is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City by Black Muslims.
March 8 - Vietnam War: 3,500 United States Marines arrive in South Vietnam becoming the first American combat troops in Vietnam.
March 8 - First US combat forces arrive in Vietnam.
March 18 - Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space.
March 21 - Civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King, Jr. begin march from Selma to the capitol in Montgomery.
March 23 - NASA launches Gemini III with the United States' first two-person crew into earth orbit (Gus Grissom and John Young).
April 9 - The West German parliament extends the statute of limitations on Nazi war crimes.
June 3 - US astronaut Edward White makes first US space walk during Gemini IV.
July 30 - War on Poverty: US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965 into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid.
August 1 - Cigarette advertising banned in British television.
August 6 - US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into United States law.
August 11 - Watts Riots begin in Los Angeles, California
September 28 - Fidel Castro announces that everybody who wants can immigrate to USA.
November 16 - Disney launches Epcot Center

Wow! That was a rough year, I think the Canadian Flag and the cigarrette ads being banned was what did it.


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