In many ways, 1968 was a year of transformation. From the Vietnamese Tet Offensive to North Korea capturing the surveillance ship USS Pueblo, international affairs were unsettled. We lost two greats to assassination: Martin Luther King, Jr and Robert F. Kennedy. William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols shared television’s first interracial kiss. And Apollo 8 became the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon.
That’s where we’re going to start our list. In this 50-year retrospective, we’re not just looking at technology year by year, we’re looking at technologies that had an impact on us, paved the way for the future, and changed us, in ways good and bad.