On Christmas Eve 1968, Apollo 8 became the first manned spacecraft to venture around the dark side of the moon. To audiences across the world, the visions of Earth rising above the lunar deserts triggered an understanding that humanity might be alone in the universe, its habitat precariously unique.
This June marks the fiftieth anniversary of the riots at The Stonewall Inn in New York City. The days-long series of marches and protests that immediately followed are widely celebrated as the beginning of the gay rights movement in the United States and many countries around the world. In the decades since, “Stonewall” has been transformed from a cluster of activist events into the mythological origins of a host of social and political movements.