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NASA Announces "Mercury Seven"

Project Mercury was the first successful manned spaceflight program of the US. It ran from 1959 through 1963 with the goal of putting a man in orbit around the Earth. The first Americans to venture into space were drawn from a group of 110 military pilots chosen for their flight test experience and their satisfaction of certain physical requirements; seven of them became astronauts in April 1959 and were quickly dubbed the "Mercury Seven." How many of the 7 went on to fly Mercury missions?



Zimmermann Telegram

This secret note, sent by German foreign secretary Arthur Zimmermann to the German ambassador to the US, said that in the event of war, Mexico should be asked to join as a German ally in return for Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. British intelligence intercepted and deciphered the note and sent it to President Wilson. This helped turn US public opinion against Germany during WWI and strengthened advocates of US entry into the war. What was the British dilemma in disclosing the note to the US?

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J. William Fulbright

Fulbright, a Rhodes scholar, served in the US Department of Justice, taught law, and was president of the University of Arkansas before becoming a member of the US Senate, representing Arkansas. He gained international recognition from the Fulbright Act, which provided for the exchange of students and teachers between the US and many other countries. Fulbright's Senate career was marked by his opposition to the escalation of the war in Vietnam and what other notable cases of dissent?

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