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Monday, May 28, 2018


The landmark TV news magazine “60 Minutes” debuts on CBS. Created by legendary producer Don Hewitt, center, and featuring Harry Reasoner, left, and Mike Wallace, right, the show continues today — half a century after it started. CBS/Getty Images

CNN Photo editors: Brett Roegiers and Daniel Kim
CNN Producers: Melonyce McAfee, Thom Patterson, Drew Kann and Kyle Almond

Marked by turmoil, tragedy and triumph, 1968 was a roller coaster. Political protests hit an international crescendo, violence struck at the heart of America and wartime atrocities tested the world’s resolve.

Fifty years later, it’s clear the year left scars that have yet to heal when riots rocked America after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and protests shook the streets of Paris, Prague and Mexico City.

The Vietnam War raged on with no end in sight, and in the United States a struggling President Lyndon B. Johnson declined to run for office again. The anti-war Democratic candidate, Eugene McCarthy, lost his party’s nomination and Richard Nixon became President No. 37, laying bare a fractured political climate.

Still, the Beatles and Supremes stirred our souls; imaginative filmmakers discovered future dystopias; and the year ended in victory for the crew of the Apollo 8 mission, which orbited the moon in a first for mankind...

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December 24: On Christmas Eve, the crew of Apollo 8 — the first humans to orbit the moon — offer a message of peace in a TV broadcast from lunar orbit. Each crewman read part of the Bible’s Book of Genesis, and astronaut Frank Borman said, “Good night, good luck, a merry Christmas and God bless all of you — all of you on the good Earth.” Many think Apollo 8’s successful mission was a bright ending to a horrible year. Astronaut Bill Anders took this photo of Earth as it appeared to rise from the moon's surface. The photo, now nicknamed "Earthrise," became one of NASA's most iconic photos. NASA/Bettmann/Getty Images


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