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The 1960s

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Ben Yao

on 5 August 2012

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1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 May 1
U-2 Incident February 1
First Greensboro Sit-in April 17
Bay of Pigs Invasion begins August 13
Construction of the Berlin Wall begins January 20
Kennedy is inaugurated October 14
CIA discovers Soviet missiles in Cuba September 27
Silent Spring published November 22
Kennedy is assassinated August 28
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom February 19
Betty Friedan publishes The Feminine Mystique July 2
The landmark legislation, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, becomes effective: "It shall be the duty of the judge designated pursuant to this section to assign the case for hearing at the earliest practicable date and to cause the case to be in every way expedited."' August 7
The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution is passed The 19 August 6
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is passed June 30
NOW (National Organization for Women) founded June 13
The Supreme Court hands down its decision concerning Miranda v. Arizona February 23
The 25th Amendment ratified January 20
Nixon inaugurated January 30
Tet Offensive begins March 16
My Lai occurs. It becomes public the following year. March 31
President Johnson announces, "I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President." April 4
Martin Luther King assassinated
2001: A Space Odyssey is released June 6
Robert F. Kennedy assassinated July 21
Neil Armstrong walks on the moon Cultural Trends June 16
The Hitchcock thriller Psycho is released, starring Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles September
Simon and Garfunkel release “The Sound of Silence,” written in response to the Kennedy assassination May 2
Aretha Franklin releases her single “Think” August 18
Jimi Hendrix performs his iconic rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Woodstock Festival July 30
The Social Security of 1965 is passed, which resulted in the creation of Medicare and Medicaid August 15
First handheld calculator, developed by Texas Instruments November 21
Fastfood restaurant Wendy's is founded March 4
In an interview published in The London Evening Standard, John Lennon comments, "We're more popular than Jesus now" January 18
About 8,000 U.S. soldiers land in South Vietnam; U.S. troops now total 190,000. April 29
U.S. troops in Vietnam total 250,000. August 16
The House Un-American Activities Committee starts investigating Americans who have aided the Viet Cong September 8
The classic science fiction series Star Trek premieres on NBC. June 12
Loving v. Virginia: The United States Supreme Court declares all U.S. state laws prohibiting interracial marriage to be unconstitutional. October 2
Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first black justice of the U.S. Supreme Court November 17
President Lyndon B. Johnson tells his nation that, while much remained to be done, "We are inflicting greater losses than we're taking...We are making progress." August 11
Watts Riots begin in Los Angeles December 26
The Beatles releases "I Want to Hold Your Hand," which vaults them to the #1 spot on the U.S. singles charts for the first time February 1
Nguyen Ngoc Loan executes Viet Cong Captain Nguyen Van Lem September 15
Members of the KKK plant a bomb at the 16th Street Baptist Church, killing four December 10
Martin Luther King wins Nobel Peace Prize May 3
Protestors in Birmingham being hit by a high-pressure water hose being used to disperse people during a civil rights protest. April 17
First Ford Mustang introduced April 22
World Fair opens in New York June-September
Summer of Love: A cultural & political rebellion, drawing 100,000 people to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. Golden Gate Park offered free food, free drugs and "free love". February 21
Malcolm X is assassinated in Manhattan March 7
The first Selma to Montgomery March takes place. 600 civil rights marchers were attacked by state and local police with billy clubs and tear gas. August
The theme bulding at Los Angeles International Airport opens July 9
An exhibition including Andy Warhol's famous Campbell's Soup Cans opens Drug Use December 14
U.S. spacecraft Mariner 2 flies by Venus, becoming the first probe to successfully transmit data from another planet August 5
Actress, singer and model Marilyn Monroe dies from barbituate overdose November 2
Creedence Clearwater Revival release "Fortunate Son" September 26
The two leading U.S. presidential candidates, Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy, participate in the first televised presidential election debate. Undated
Port Huron Statement:
The manifesto of the student activist movement Students for a Democratic Society
"We regard men as infinitely precious and possessed of unfulfilled capacities for reason, freedom, and love." March 1
President of the United States John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps May 29
A Raisin in the Sun starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee is released May 4
U.S. Freedom Riders begin interstate bus rides to test the new U.S. Supreme Court integration decision July 20
Bob Dylan releases his hit single "Like a Rolling Stone" August 26
Democratic National Convention in Chicago takes place, and is fraught with several riots, protests, and police violence July 11
To Kill a Mockingbird is published November 11
Catch-22 published January
This classic details the 1959 murder of the Clutter family February 1
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey is published November 30
Unsafe at any Speed is published Undated
Science fiction novel by Pierre Boulle is published Utopian Lifestyle
Experimentation Undated
La Gare de Perpignan, by Salvador Dalí October 28
The Gateway Arc is completed by Eero Saarinen and Hannskarl Bandel Undated
Darryl "Cornbread" McCray, considered the "father of modern graffiti" Undated
Identical Twins, by photographer Diane Arbus Undated
Figure 5, by Jasper John 60s June 1
Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein is published July 14
The landmark counterculture film Easy Rider is released, portraying the hippie movement, drug use, and communal lifestyle May 7
English rock band The Rolling Stones release "Paint It, Black" March 2
The musical The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews, is released in the United States December 21
The iconic film, The Graduate, is released January 29
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, a black comedy film which satirized the nuclear scare, is released Society Art & Architecture October 24
The Manchurian Candidate, a film involving brainwashing and international Communist conspiracies, is released June 8
Nixon announces that 25,000 U.S. troops will be withdrawn by September June 28
The Stonewall riots in New York City mark the start of the modern gay rights movement in the U.S. July 25
President Nixon declares states United States now expects its Asian allies to take care of their own military defense Fashion Protest October 10
The Beach Boys release "Good Vibrations" May 23
The Who release Tommy
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