During the 1960's and the 1970's, some events created the history that is well known to Americans today. One of the major events that happened was the Watergate Scandal. The other event was the Vietnam War. The smaller events were the Kennedy Assassination, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination.
Reason for Nixon's Resignation
The Watergate Scandal was a problem in Washington during the presidency of Richard Nixon. The scandal started with a piece of tape. On the night of June 17, 1972, Frank Willis, a security guard for the Watergate Hotel Complex, was on his usual rounds and found a piece of tape keeping a door open and took it out. A while later, he found another piece of tape at the same spot and got suspicious. Frank Willis called the police and the word spread out. The members of an association working to have Nixon re-elected, CREEP, were involved in a burglary, and it was then linked to Nixon. The CREEP group had gotten lots of money from unidentifiable locations. Nixon was accused of getting illegal help in being re-elected. Nixon tried to use government to cover-up his involvement. Impeachment proceedings were started but Nixon resigned in August of 1974.
The US's First Loss
As the only war the US ever lost, the Vietnam War had lasting repercussions that affected the American way of life. Most of the time after the war, Americans were reluctant to speak of it, the Vietnam War almost becoming a taboo subject. During the 1980's, the the Vietnam War became the subject of popular culture in the entertainment industry. It became the subject of literature, mainly books that chronicled the experience of veterans, books like The Short-Timers and We Were Soldiers Once… And Young. Of the many Vietnam War films,the most iconic are Apocalypse Now, Platoon, and Full Metal Jacket. But the Vietnam War was far from glorified. Political scientist George Kennan described the Vietnam War as "the most disastrous of all America's undertakings over the whole two hundred years of its history." The notion that the US was invincible had been defeated. In terms of casualties, the US spent an estimated $167,000,000,000. Many men bore the scars of war, many of them even shunned and abused.
Assassinations that Shocked the World
The Kennedy Assassination affected nearly all American citizens because of his impact on the nation. Kennedy aimed to have a better education system, national security system, and world peace. He did good for the nation and mostly everyone was happy when he was in charge. The Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination gave the country another shock. King was an leader of the African-American civil rights movement. He spoke against segregation, racism, the Vietnam War, and more. His legacy still inspires civil rights activists until this day.
These large (the Watergate Scandal and the Vietnam War) and small events (Kennedy Assassination, and the King Assassination) during the 1960's and 1970's affected nearly every citizen in the US. Every event had its own impact until this day.