Mexico City Violence
Only ten days before the Summer Olympic games are scheduled to begin, demonstrations in Mexico City, Mexico result in army troops killing more than 300 student protesters.
RFK's widow, Ethel Kennedy, creates the Robert F. Kennedy Scholarship at her daughters' school, the Stone Ridge Country Day School. It will be awarded annually to an African-American child living in an urban area of Washington D.C.
The Detroit Tigers beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 3, to win Major League Baseball's World Series.
Apollo 7 Mission
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Apollo 7 spacecraft is launched into orbit, carrying three astronauts on board. The first space exploration mission with a live television downlink, Apollo 7 transmits footage of the astronauts and floating objects at zero gravity inside the spacecraft. At about six minutes after takeoff, Commander Walter Schirra reports, "She is riding like a dream."
The 19th Summer Olympic games open in Mexico City, Mexico. At 7,349 feet above sea level, the thin air hinders athletes' ability to compete up to par on endurance events -- but assists in the creation of new world records in sprinting and jumping events.
Medals Ceremony Protest
200-meter sprint medalists "Jet" Smith and John Carlos lower their heads and raise black-gloved fists during the playing of the American anthem, in protest of racism in the U.S.
Eldridge Cleaver, Minister of Information for the controversial Black Panther Party and presidential candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party, speaks at American University.
The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, a non-profit organization, is established as a "living memorial" to promote Kennedy's ideals both at home and overseas. It initiates awards and fellowship programs, as well as a center for human rights.
President Johnson announces that the U.S. military will cease all bombing in North Vietnam.