“You’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people.” ~ Astronaut Frank Borman, on seeing the entire earth from outer space as he and the crew of the Apollo 8 returned from orbiting the moon.
If there was ever a photo that brought the brutality of war onto the front page of a newspaper, this was it.
In this photo, Brigadier General Nguyễn Ngoc Loan, the police chief of South Vietnam, walks up to a prisoner, Nguyễn Văn Lém, and fires a bullet into his head. In the middle of the street.
Nguyễn Văn Lém was a member of the Viet Cong and was responsible for killing the wife and six children of a South Vietnamese military officer. He admitted that he was proud to carry out his unit leader’s order to kill. Adams’s photograph was broadcast worldwide, and helped to galvanize the anti-war movement. Eddie Adams won a 1969 Pulitzer Prize for his photograph.
Here’s the #78 song on Billboard’s Year-End Top 100 Singles of 1968
“Revolution” by The Beatles