Scrapbook of Contemporary America

By: Sean Cuckler

Cambodia Campaign

Also known as the Cambodian Invasion, was a series of military operations conducted in Cambodia during 1970 by the United States and South Vietnam during the Vietnam war. The objective was to defeat the People's Army of Vietnam. Families in America were very upset with this news because they were promised "Vietnamization", and many citizens felt that there trusted President had failed them. As a result many violent and non-violent protest broke out across the country.
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Kent State Shooting

On May 4, 1970 four unarmed students, protesting the Cambodia Campaign, were shot and killed at Kent State University by the Ohio National Guard. This resulted in the closing of hundreds of universities, colleges, and high schools throughout the United States due to a student strike of four million students. The U.S. was already in turmoil because of the Cambodia Campaign and this incident further affected the opinion over the role of the United States in the Vietnam War.
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Apollo 15

Apollo 15 was the ninth manned mission and the fourth to land on the moon. This was the first mission when the term "J missions" were coined, meaning long stays on the moon, with a greater focus on science. Apollo 15 was noted as one of the most successful manned flights ever achieved.
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Watergate Scandal

Five men caught breaking into watergate complex. Nixon administration tries to cover it up. Nixon resigns.
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1980 olympics

America and 64 other countries boycotted the 1980 olympics because of the Soviet War in Afghanistan. This was one of many actions taken by the US.
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Death of John Lennon

John Lennon was a singer, songwriter, and co-founder of The most commercially successful band in popular music history. Lennon was shot four times in the back in front of his apartment in New York in the Dakota. He was shot by Mark David Chapman, he was sentenced 20 years-life and has been denied parole 8 times.
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AIDs

Both of the HIV diseases are thought to be originated from non-human primates. The first cases were discovered in homosexual men. The HIV disease has infected over 75 million and 34 million have fallen victim to the disease.
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Apple

Apple was founded by Steve Jobs with his last 1300 dollars. Today it is one of the most successful companies in the technology industry to this day and is worth billions.
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Cold War

The Cold War was a political and military tension shortly after WW2 between powers in the western bloc (The U.S.) and powers in the eastern bloc (The Soviets). The term "cold" is used because there was no large-scale fighting, but both sides were heavily armed in preparation for a possible all-out nuclear war.
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OJ Simpson

OJ Simpson was accused of the murder of his wife and her friend. Simpson was a talented athlete in the NFL years earlier. He is not convicted of the killings but a few years later he is sentenced to life in prison for stealing back some of his old memorabilia.
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Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky was a white house intern that had a sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton. This event later lead to the impeachment of Clinton.
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Columbine

Two high school teenagers engage in a school shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado. The two highs schoolers killed 15 including themselves, it could of been potentially worse if it was not for the explosives placed in the cafeteria had not malfunctioned.
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September 11, 2001

Several planes are high jacked by terrorist under the rule of Osama Bin Laden and crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. Over 2500 people were killed in result. Bin Laden is later killed under the Presidency of Barack Obama.
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Iraq War

Bush invades iraq and engages in combat with troops under the rule of Sadam Husain. Husain is later killed in battle in 2005.
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Tax-cut

Bush Signs a 10 year 350 million dollar tax-cut. The third largest in U.S. history.
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Facebook

In 2005 Facebook is founded by Mark Zuckerburg, and it takes off as one of the top social media sites still today.
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