1969. On 20th July one of mans crowning achievements takes place when astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first human to set foot on the Moon, uttering the immortal words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.
Opposition to the war in Vietnam increases with more and more people attending anti-war demonstrations and demanding that the U.S. withdraw. The most famous music festival of modern times, “Woodstock”, takes place on a New York farm between 15th – 17th August, with more than 400,000 music fans attending to see The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash and Young and others perform live. Fashion reflects the anti-war sentiment with military jackets adorned with peace signs, and other trends including long unkempt hair and headbands reflected the widespread feelings of anti-establishment.
Robin Knox-Johnston becomes the first person to sail around the world solo without stopping. The first Concorde test flight is conducted in France. Seiko sells the first Quartz Watch. The Harrier Jump Jet enters service with the R.A.F. The microprocessor is invented, opening the way for the computer revolution.
British Prime Minister: Harold Wilson
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