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In 1963, nearly 300,000 protestors headed to the nation's capital for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which was a step in the right direction for passing the Civil Rights Act of1964. 960 1280

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Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his memorable 'I Have a Dream' speech at this spot on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington in 1963. 960 1280

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On March 30, 1965, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King led protestors in a march from Selma, AL, to the capitol in Montgomery to fight for black voting rights. 960 1280

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Martin Luther King Jr. slept in Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, on the night before he was assassinated while standing on the hotel's balcony in 1968. 960 1280

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The Lorraine Motel is now home to the National Civil Rights Museum, which chronicles the civil rights movement and provides opportunities to learn more about peace and justice in our world. 960 1280

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Visitors pay their respects to Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King at the crypt at the King Center in Atlanta. 960 1280

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Martin Luther King Jr. was the pastor at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church & Parsonage in Montgomery, AL, between 1954 and 1960. Today, you can take a tour of the church and parsonage, both National Historic Landmarks. 960 1280

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Two great civil rights leaders are celebrated at the intersection of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Detroit. 960 1280

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The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati celebrates our country's civil rights heroes from the days of slavery and the Underground Railroad to modern times. 960 1280

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In 1955, Rosa Parks, an African-American woman, refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white man. This action rocked the country and sparked another battle in the war for civil rights. Today, the public can step on the bus where it all began at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. 960 1280

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The Rosa Parks Museum tells the tale of the 'victory ride' and the 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system that happened after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus. 960 1280

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Rosa Parks passed away in 2005 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit. 960 1280

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Martin Luther King Jr. preached about nonviolence and peace from the pulpit of the original Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, which was across the street from the new sanctuary on the grounds of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site. 960 1280

  

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

In October 2011, after more than 2 decades of planning, the MLK Memorial opened in Washington, DC. Critics were unhappy with “drum major” quote abbreviation (pictured); the Department of Interior has since announced the quote will be removed. 960 1280

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Chernobyl
Chernobyl

Chernobyl

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. On April 26, 1986, an explosion and fire at the plant released massive quantities of radioactive material into the air. Hundreds of thousands of people fled their homes, and the nearby town of Pripyat remains an eerie ghost town to this day. 960 1280

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Chernobyl Memorial

Chernobyl Memorial

Ukrainians attend a remembrance ceremony at the memorial to the victims of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Kiev, Ukraine. 960 1280

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Omaha

Omaha

Omaha Beach was one of the principal landing points for Allied Soldiers during the Normandy invasion in World War II. At the top of the bluff overlooking the beach is the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial for the soldiers killed in the invasion. 960 1280

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Gettysburg

Gettysburg

A cannon stands at Gettysburg, the largest Civil War battlefield site in America. The battle was the Civil War's bloodiest, with 51,000 casualties. President Lincoln later consecrated the site as a national cemetery with his historic Gettysburg Address. 960 1280

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Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu. In all, 1,102 sailors were killed on the ship during the attack on December 7, 1941, by Japanese imperial forces. 960 1280

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The eternal flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The flame burns in memory of all the unidentified soldiers who fought and died for France in both the first and second world wars. 960 1280

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On April 16, 2007, 23-year-old Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people in 2 separate attacks on the Virginia Tech campus. Today, 32 pieces of stone now lie at the Drillfield viewing stand to commemorate the victims of the single deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in US history. 960 1280

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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum commemorates those who perished in the infamous killing fields of Cambodia. The museum houses the skulls of people killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime during its rule from 1975 to 1979. 960 1280

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Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

Endless rows of military graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Veterans and military casualties from each of America's wars are interred at the cemetery, from the American Revolutionary War to the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. 960 1280

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Srebrenica Genocide Stone

Srebrenica Genocide Stone

The Srebrenica Genocide Stone -- a memorial to the 8,000 Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) murdered in Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Army of Republika Srpska in July 1995. 960 1280

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Auschwitz-Birkenau

Auschwitz-Birkenau

The entrance of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in today's Oswiecim, Poland, where an estimated 1.1 million people were killed. 960 1280

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Oklahoma City National Memorial

Oklahoma City National Memorial

The Gates of Time at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. On the western gate, '9:03' represents the moment after Timothy McVeigh detonated a bomb that killed 168 people. 960 1280

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Flame of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Flame of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The Flame of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the Ueno Toshogu Shrine in Ueno Park, Tokyo. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed when the US dropped atomic bombs on the 2 cities in August 1945. The flame will burn until all nuclear weapons are abolished. 960 1280

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Ground Zero

Ground Zero

A view of the construction at Ground Zero, where a memorial is set to open on the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. 960 1280

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9/11 Memorial Photo Gallery

9/11 Memorial Photo Gallery

Visitors take a look at the 9/11 Memorial Photo Gallery at Ground Zero. 960 1280

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Pentagon Memorial

Pentagon Memorial

The Pentagon Memorial. Each of 184 benches at the memorial represents someone killed during the 9/11 attacks. Benches facing the Pentagon represent someone killed inside the building; benches facing away represent someone killed on the plane. 960 1280

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Wrigley Field’s 100th

Wrigley Field’s 100th

Before it was ever known as Wrigley Field, Chicago’s famed baseball venue went by 2 previous names. Built in 1914 for the Chicago Federal League baseball team, the stadium was first known as Weeghman Park, and later, as Cubs Park. In April 2014, Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday bash will showcase 10 decade-themed home stands as the stadium hosts the Arizona Diamondbacks. 960 1280

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St. Louis Turns 250

St. Louis Turns 250

The Gateway City marks its 250th anniversary this year. In 1764, French fur trader Pierre Laclede set out to construct a trading post near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Laclede eventually settled on a site 18 miles downriver. Today, St. Louis’s riverfront area is named Laclede’s Landing in his honor. 960 1280

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Berlin Wall’s Fall, 25 Years Later

Berlin Wall’s Fall, 25 Years Later

Germany marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in November. The anniversary joins 2 other big events this year: 100 years since the outbreak of WWI and 75 years since the start of the second, earning 2014 the nickname in Germany of Super-Gedenkjahr, or the “super-year of commemoration.” 960 1280

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WWI Turns 100

WWI Turns 100

In July 2014, the world marks the 100th anniversary of the Great War. In July 1914, Austro-Hungarian Empire formally declared war on Serbia, setting off World War I. Learn the story at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, MO. The 32,000-square-foot facility consists of 2 theaters, exhibitions of period artifacts and replica trenches. 960 1280

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50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang

50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang

On April 17, 1964, Ford Motor Company unveiled the Mustang, and the smooth, 2-door beaut quickly became a fixture of American muscle car culture. (Who could forget the 7-minute chase scene in 1968’s Bullitt, when a Ford Mustang GT 390 rips through the streets of San Francisco?) Grab your shades, and celebrate the Mustang’s 50th with a ride in a sixth-generation Mustang this year. 960 1280

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D-Day 70th Anniversary

D-Day 70th Anniversary

This year marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when the coast of Normandy, code-named Omaha Beach, saw the Allied invasion against German-occupied France. Commemorations will unfold everywhere from Bedford, VA, to the Norman coast, where Queen Elizabeth will be guest of honor. Meanwhile, Holland America is offering a 12-day D-Day tour, and a plethora of Normandy tours will recall the June 6 landings. 960 1280

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Japan’s Bullet Train (Shinkansen): 50th Anniversary

Japan’s Bullet Train (Shinkansen): 50th Anniversary

Japan’s high-speed railway turns 50 this year. In October 1964, the Tōkaidō Shinkansen opened between Tokyo and the Shin-Ōsaka Station 320 miles away, for a total trip time of 4 hours. Today, the journey takes about 3 hours. Spring 2014 will see test runs of the new Series E7 bullet train, with a top speed of 160 mph. 960 1280

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Sundance Film Festival's 30th

Sundance Film Festival's 30th

America’s top independent film festival sees its 30th anniversary this year. Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Film Festival has gone on to showcase such groundbreaking films as Little Miss Sunshine and Beasts of the Southern Wild. This year’s festival will be held in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance Resort. 960 1280

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The Beatles: 50th Anniversary of US Debut

The Beatles: 50th Anniversary of US Debut

In early 1964, the Beatles kicked off their first official US tour with an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Months later, with Beatlemania at its height, the Beatles performed at the Hollywood Bowl (pictured). Relive the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s US invasion with a Magical History Tour and a Beatles Walking Tour in NYC. 960 1280

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Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition: 100th Anniversary

Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition: 100th Anniversary

Just as WWI broke out, Sir Ernest Shackleton embarked on the first land crossing of the Antarctic continent. Then his ship, Endurance, became trapped in ice. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Shackleton’s heroic journey. Relive one of the greatest survival stories of all time on an Antarctica cruise, the last frontier for cruise travelers. 960 1280

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South Africa: 20 Years of Freedom

South Africa: 20 Years of Freedom

This year South Africa celebrates 20 years of freedom and general elections. In 1994, on the heels of decades of struggle led by Nelson Mandela, South Africa transitioned from apartheid to a government of majority rule. Take a South Africa tour, and see where history was made. 960 1280

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Yosemite’s 150th Anniversary

Yosemite’s 150th Anniversary

This year marks Yosemite’s 150th anniversary. In June 1864, Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act, the first land grant in the nation to protect wild lands for the enjoyment of future generations. This year, more than 150 events are planned at Yosemite to mark the historic milestone. 960 1280

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New Jersey Turns 350

New Jersey Turns 350

The Garden State celebrates its 350th birthday in 2014. In 1664 Charles II of England granted a chunk of land on the East Coast to his brother, James. James then gave 2 friends part of the land; it was soon named New Jersey. It’s all just one more reason to celebrate the land of bikinis and boardwalks. 960 1280

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