1968: How We Got Here It was a remarkable year that brought upheaval and progress on civil rights, politics, and technology. And helps us explain how we got where we are today, 50 years later.
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1968: How We Got Here

Australian silver medalist Peter Norman (left) stands on the podium as Americans Tommie Smith (center) and John Carlos raise their gloved fists in a human rights protest at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. AP hide caption

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience in the late 1960s. Left to right: Noel Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Is The Music Of 1968 So Enduring? 'It Was Allowed To Be Art'

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A line of undead 'zombies' walk through a field in the night in a still from the film, 'Night Of The Living Dead,' directed by George Romero, 1968. The film has been reissued for screenings on the 50th anniversary of its release. Pictorial Parade/Getty Images hide caption

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When An Undead Apocalypse First Swept America In The 'Night Of The Living Dead'

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The iconic "Earthrise" image taken by astronaut Bill Anders on Apollo 8 on Christmas Eve 1968. Friday marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 liftoff. William Anders/NASA via AP hide caption

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1968: When Apollo 8 First Orbited The Moon And Saw The Earth Rise In Space

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People attend a party in Cherry Grove section of Fire Island in New York during the 1960s. Courtesy of Cherry Grove Archives Collection hide caption

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1968: After Dozens Of Acquittals, Police Forced To End Raids On Gay Haven

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It's been 50 years since Philadelphia Eagles fans pelted Santa with snow balls from the stands. Some people say they are ashamed of what happened that day, while others remain unapologetic. Alex Pantling/Getty Images hide caption

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Philly Frustration, 1968: 'The Day That They Were All Against Everything'

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Harvard University's Bruce Freeman tries to run around a teammate and a Yale player and into the end zone after catching a pass during the final 42 seconds of The Game against Yale University at Harvard Stadium in Boston on Nov. 23, 1968. Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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The Farmington Mine Disaster memorial in Mannington, W.Va., bears the names of the 78 men killed in the explosion on Nov. 20, 1968. Jesse Wright/West Virginia Public Broadcasting hide caption

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How A 1968 Disaster In A Coal Mine Changed The Industry

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African-American educator and newly elected U.S. Rep. Shirley Chisholm gives the victory sign on election night 1968. Pictorial Parade/Getty Images hide caption

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A Look Back On Shirley Chisholm's Historic 1968 House Victory

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Prague 1968: Reforming A Soviet Communist Regime

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Extending gloved hands skyward in racial protest, U.S. athletes Smith and Carlos stare downward during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City on Oct. 16, 1968. AP hide caption

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Those Raised Fists Still Resonate, 50 Years Later

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Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, center, stands Tuesday with Ana Ignacia Rodríguez Marquez, a former leader of the student movement of 1968, at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre, at the Tres Culturas square in Mexico City. Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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What's Changed Since Mexico's Bloody Crackdown On 1968 Student Protests?

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"Harper Valley P.T.A." was a sassy, country-pop song that captured the anger many women felt about double standards they faced in 1968. William Lovelace/Getty Images hide caption

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50 Years Of Sockin' It To The PTA

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Revisiting 1968's Democratic National Convention In Chicago

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Joel Silver is far left in the black t-shirt and sunglasses. And Buzzy Hellring is in the middle (under the cup) also in the black t-shirt and sunglasses. Courtesy of Heidi Hellring hide caption

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1968 Created The 'Ultimate' Anti-Sport Sport

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Revisiting The 1968 Republican Convention

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Pope Paul VI acknowledges cheers as standing on platform in Bogota, Colombia, on Aug. 22, 1968. AP hide caption

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50 Years Ago, The Pope Called Birth Control 'Intrinsically Wrong'

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One of several murals of Robert Kennedy is displayed at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Los Angeles. Kyle Grillot for NPR hide caption

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50 Years After His Death, Making RFK More Than A Ghost And A Mural

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Robert F. Kennedy stands in an open-top convertible and shakes hands with members of a crowd as he campaigns for the democratic Presidential nomination in Detroit on May 15, 1968. Andrew Sacks/Getty Images hide caption

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The Education Of Bobby Kennedy — On Race

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