Fifty years ago B/W television was the height of home entertainment and most people had a single rotary phone in their homes.
Fifty years ago you could still take a liner across the Atlantic.
Fifty years ago European nations still had colonies.
Fifty years ago the U.S. supplied much of its own oil and production was still rising.
Fifty years ago some people could not accept that an Irish-American Catholic was president.
And fifty years ago today, Alan Shepard became the first American to leave the atmosphere and travel through space during a brief suborbital ballistic flight in his Mercury 7 capsule.
|The launch of Mercury-Redstone 3 carrying Freedom 7 (NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day)|
We should also look back at Mercury and remember what positive accomplishments we are capable of.