When we look back over the past, some yearsas being special. One such year was 1968.
1968 was a year of, war and violence. Soviet troops Czechoslovakia, sending tanks into cities to end the . South Africa was banned from the Olympics because of its racist policy. Thousands of people were killed in the Vietnam War, which the My Lai of innocent civilians by American soldiers.
1968 was also a year of youth. In the U.S., students campus and took part in anti-war protests. In France, students to demand educational reforms. University students battled in Mexico, Poland and Japan. youths worldwide chanted the slogan "Make love, not war" and joined demonstrations for peace, justice and human rights.
1968 was a dramatic year for women. It marked the first feminist protest against the Miss America, the first National Women's Liberation Conference and the decision by Yale University to finally admit women.
1968 saw theof celebrities. These included Charlie Chaplin, the silent movie star; Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space; and Helen Keller, the blind and activist who campaigned for the rights of the disabled.
In the fields of sports and culture, 1968a number of events. These included the 1968 Olympics, the of the Beatles' White Album and classic science fiction movies such as Planet of the Apes and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
1968 was also a year of. Martin Luther King Jr., the black leader, was shot and killed in Tennessee. Robert Kennedy, the brother of President John F. Kennedy, in Los Angeles. People around the world were shocked by these and mourned the deaths of these inspiring figures.
1968 ended on aof hope with the launch of the Apollo 8 space mission in December. During the mission, one astronaut took the famous photo of the Earth seen from space. This image helped to raise awareness of our global village and the need to protect the planet.
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the year 1968, a dramatic year in world history marked by war, invasions, assassinations and demonstrations. It was a year in which people around the globe, young and old, stood up to protest violence, sexism and racism anda world of peace, freedom and democracy.
This anniversary is a good chance for all of us to study the events of this dramatic year, to think about itsand to discuss what we can learn in our efforts to build a better future.
The Japan Times ST: May 4, 2018