Today we celebrate the 51st anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's soaring Moon speech at Rice University on September 12, 1962, that would become one of the definiing moments of the century.
The most iconic phrase in that speech, "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard," launched an era of US scientific advances and spurred the technological imagination of the nation.
Seven years later, Apollo 11 became the first manned mission to successfully land on the moon. As billions around the world watched, Neil Armstrong took the first step on the moon and said the now-famous words, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." This historic first was marked with the American flag and a placard that read: "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon--July 1969 A.D-- We came in peace for all mankind."
Here are a few more of our favorite inspiring moments in US History that you may remember - and we've included links to the videos for you to enjoy each one of these historic achievements.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964
Women's Right To Vote
Barack Obama is elected the 44th President of the United States
We'd love to hear from you. What moment in US History was most inspirational to you?
I will always remember as a kid watching the Challenger launch. It was such a motivational step and such a sad tragedy.
With all the news about performance drugs in the headlines ... I'd have to go with the immortal speech of Lou Gehring when, after being diagnosed with ALS, a disease that soon would be named after him, he took to the microphone at Yankee Stadium and said the most legendary words in sports of all time "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth" - and even though this all happened before I was born, every time I watch the video on YouTube http://youtu.be/626Dt9JdjQs - and see the crowds and the love - it inspires me.
Women's right to vote - these women made major sacrifices and came from all facets of society. In paralleling the later civil rights movement, some suffragettes marched and made speeches and some were radical and got arrested. This movement also was important in England. I'm proud that my great grandfather was a feminist and supported my grandmother attending college - even after she got engaged. This happened in 1920. He encouraged her to be a partner in her marriage and she married a man (not the one she was originally engaged to) who was brought up among strong philanthropic Southern women. I'm glad that my granny got to be in the first generation of women who could vote!