July 1959—First Photograph Appears on the Cover
Seventy years after its founding in 1888, the National Geographic Society introduces the first photograph on the cover of its increasingly popular journal

April 1960—Jacques Cousteau and National Geographic

January 1961—The White House

June 1962—John Glenn Orbits the Earth

October 1963—75th Anniversary Issue

July 1964—Redwoods: Tallest Tree Discovered

August 1965—Remembering Winston Churchill

March 1966

January 1967
Dressed for Eid al-Fitr festivities, two young girls play on a swing in Pakistan, then made up of two lands located on opposite sides of the Indian subcontinent

October 1968
Sixteen-year-old Robin Lee Graham, featured on the cover aboard his fiberglass sloop, recounts his journey to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world.

December 1969—Apollo 11 Moon Landing
Neil Armstrong’s famous photo of Edwin «Buzz» Aldrin walking across the surface of the moon lands on the cover of National Geographic five months after the astronauts’ historic voyage. Like John Glenn before him, Armstrong carried a small National Geographic flag to the moon and back, which he presented to Society President Melvin Payne when the Apollo 11 crew was awarded the Hubbard Medal in 1970.

December 1970—Our Ecological Crisis
A western grebe wears a fatal coat of oil from a spill off California in 1969. The issue’s series of articles on the ecological crisis is the first full-blown

November 1971—Antarctica
In the service of science, a gentoo penguin waddles through the Antarctica snow wearing a radio backpack that monitors its blood flow and pressure. «Antarctica’s Nearer Side» continues National Geographic‘s long history of exploration on the continent, beginning with support for Robert E. Byrd’s pioneering expeditions in the 1920s and ’30s.

July 1972
To bring knowledge and understanding at a time of conflict and tension, National Geographic prints «The Sword and the Sermon,» an American Muslim’s account of his yearlong, 22-country exploration of Arab history and culture.

March 1973
The last whale hunters in the United States, native Alaskans ply slushy waters off the state’s coast in a walrus-skin boat. The cover story follows the hunt for a bowhead whale and includes a report on the fight for traditional whaling rights, answered by Congress with an exemption written into the Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1972.

October 1974
With his great-great-grandfather’s five-colored scarf on his shoulders, 18-year-old Jigme Singye Wangchuck formally becomes monarch in the tiny kingdom of Bhutan.

March 1975
After collecting a sample of fresh spatter, a geologist is silhouetted against a fountain of molten lava spouting from Hawaii’s Mauna Ulu. Photos within the magazine reveal the natural contrasts of Hawaii’s Big Island, built over eons by lava flows welling up from the ocean floor.



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