San Francisco, 1969
As a protest against the U.S. government's treatment of Native Americans, approximately one hundred American Indians occupy Alcatraz Island in November. The group, composed primarily of American Indian college students, remains for nineteen months before their forced removal.
The UC Board of Regents dismisses Angela Davis from her teaching job at UCLA after Davis reveals that she is a member of the Communist Party. Davis is shown overwhelming support by the university's faculty and the Los Angeles Superior Court eventually rules the ban on hiring communists unconstitutional.
United States, 1969
Commander of Apollo 11 Neil Armstrong walks on the moon, taking "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."