The era between 1962 and 1975 comprised of many catastrophic and eye-opening events which shaped the American culture. On October 14, 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis occurred between the United States, Cuba, and the Soviet Union. This confrontation caused the United States to see that nuclear weapons were a perceivable threat and that their military strategies must be improved. The assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr. proved to draw the nation together in their mourning and forced the government to realize the country will always contain anarchists. Aside from negative events, on July 2nd, 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed which ended the major forms of racial and sexual discrimination, therefore providing American citizens, like African Americans and women, a greater influence in society. Another eye-opening event to society American was caused by the Soviet Union’s successful mission to send an astronaut into space in 1957. A few years later, in 1965, the Soviet Union then sent Alexey Leonov to make the first space walk. The Soviet Union’s presence in space pushed the United States to prove superior. Four years later, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, situated on NASA’s Apollo 11, landed on the moon. Although some events may have had negative impacts, these events shaped America’s future for the position we are in today.