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Historical Highlights - 1960s

  • Shayan Rashid

Our Historical Highlights present a listing of significant dates and developments in VOA’s history.

Our Historical Highlights present a listing of significant dates and developments in VOA’s history. For a more detailed discussion of VOA’s overall development over the decades, visit our in-depth illustrated history chapters, which include historic audio clips and photographs. Click on the decade below to find more detailed information about that time in VOA's history.

1960s

1960

USIA Director George Allen endorses the VOA Charter, which has been drafted into a formal statement of principles that will govern VOA broadcasts.

February 24, 1962

U.S. President John F. Kennedy addresses VOA at its 20th anniversary reception saying, "We welcome the views of others, we seek a free flow of information across national boundaries and oceans, across iron curtains and stonewalls."

1958 to 1965

VOA technical facilities and programming for every part of the world are expanded.

1969

Nearly 800 million people tune to VOA’s live coverage of U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon.

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