World History 1966

About the history of the world in 1966, the space race continutes between the U.S. and the Soviets, Quotations of Chairman Mao are published in China.



* Quotations of Chairman Mao was published in China. During the Cultural Revolution in China, masses of Red Guards waved their "little red books," read aloud from them, memorized chunks of them, and set passages to music. A compilation of some of Mao's pithier comments on life and revolution, the book was the idea of Defense Minister Lin Piao. Some excerpts:

"Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun."

"Military and economic power is necessarily wielded by the people."

"To say that a government led by the Communist party is a totalitarian government is also half-true. It is a government that exercises dictatorship over domestic and foreign reactionaries and does not give them any freedom to carry on their counterrevolutionary activities."

"There are two winds in the world today, the East wind and the West wind. . . . I believe that the East wind is prevailing over the West wind. That is to say, the forces of socialism are overwhelmingly superior to the forces of imperialism."

"War is the highest form of struggle for resolving contradictions, when they have developed to a certain stage, between classes, nations, states, or political groups."

"Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed."

"When human society advances to the point where classes and states are eliminated, there will be no more wars."

"In order to get rid of the gun, it is necessary to take up a gun."

"The atom bomb is a paper tiger which the U.S. reactionaries use to scare people. It looks terrible, but in fact it isn't."

"A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined. . . . A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another."

Feb. 3 Soviet spacecraft Luna 9 soft-landed on the moon, followed by the U.S. Surveyor 1 barely two months later. Both transmitted photographs back to earth.

Nov. The Gemini 12 mission sent U.S. astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin on a two-hour space walk.

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