Astronaut Scott Carpenter explains a phase of his Aurora 7 flight to Astronaut John Glenn on May 24, 1962. Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth and Carpenter was the second. Glenn and Carpenter are the last surviving members of Mercury Seven, the first group of American astronauts. This photograph was submitted to the Senate Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences.
Photograph of Astronaut Scott Carpenter explaining Phases of his Flight to Astronaut John Glenn, 5/24/1962, Records of the U.S. Senate
June 11, 1963: President John F. Kennedy Delivers Civil Rights Address
On this day in 1963, President John F. Kennedy urged the nation to be a “land of the free” for all citizens in a televised address supporting a comprehensive Civil Rights Bill that would become the 1964 Civil Rights Act: “It ought to be possible, in short, for every American to enjoy the privileges of being American without regard to his race or his color…”
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Photo Credit: Abbie Rowe. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.