This Week in Boomer History: President Mandela … First in Space … ‘Vast Wasteland’

Posted on 05/4/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience South Africa’s newly elected parliament chooses Nelson Mandela to be the country’s first black president on May 9, 1994, four years after his release from prison. He had been serving a life sentence on charges of sabotage and conspiring to overthrow the government. Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into space on May 5, 1961. On May 9, 1961, newly appointed FCC chair Newton Minow invites members of the National Association of Broadcasters to observe a full …