America in the 60's

Timeline created by Jeffrey Schweitzer
In History
  • SNCC formed

    SNCC formed
    The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was created. This was a major civil rights organization out of North Carolina.
  • First televised presidential debate

    First televised presidential debate
    The debate between JFK and Richard Nixon was the first televised presidential debate.
  • First Airing of The Flintstones

    First Airing of The Flintstones
    The first episode of the very popular show was aired
  • President Kennedy is elected

    President Kennedy is elected
    President Kennedy beats Richard Nixon to become president.
  • Russians send first man into space

    Russians send first man into space
    The Soviet Union launches Yuri Gagarin into space. He is the first man in space.
  • Berlin Wall is constructed

    Berlin Wall is constructed
    The wall dividing Eastern and Western Berlin is constructed.
  • Roger Maris breaks Babe Ruth's single season home run record

    Roger Maris breaks Babe Ruth's single season home run record
    He became the first player to hit more than 60 home runs in a season and breaks Babe Ruth's record set in 1927
  • James Meredith registers at Ole Miss

    James Meredith registers at Ole Miss
    An African American man registered to attend an all white university, resulting in riots and chaos.
  • New York World's Fair begins

    New York World's Fair begins
    The opening of a very large fair in New York City
  • SDS releases its Port Huron statement

    SDS releases its Port Huron statement
    This was a template for society that Students for a Democratic Society released.
  • Marilyn Monroe Dies

    Marilyn Monroe Dies
    Famous actress and model Marilyn Monroe dies
  • "Dr.No" premieres

    "Dr.No" premieres
    The first movie in the James Bond series premieres.
  • MLK "I Have a Dream Speech"

    MLK "I Have a Dream Speech"
    MLK delivers his famous "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington
  • John F Kennedy is assassinated

    John F Kennedy is assassinated
    JFK is assassinated while in a presidential motorcade
  • The Beatles arrive in the U.S.

    The Beatles arrive in the U.S.
    The world famous and extremely influential British band comes to the U.S.
  • The Beatles appear on Ed Sullivan

    The Beatles appear on Ed Sullivan
    The Beatles perform on the popular Ed Sullivan show, drawing the largest television audience to date.
  • Gulf of Tonkin

    Gulf of Tonkin
    False flag incident between the U.S. and North Vietnam. Led the U.S. to get more involved in Vietnam.
  • Lyndon B Johnson defeats Barry Goldwater

    Lyndon B Johnson defeats Barry Goldwater
    Lyndon B Johnson wins the election of 1964 over Barry Goldwater
  • Malcolm X Assassinated

    Malcolm X Assassinated
    Civil rights leader and activist Malcolm X is assassinated in Manhattan
  • "Star Trek" airs

    "Star Trek" airs
    The famous show "Star Trek" first airs.
  • San Francisco "Summer of Love" begins

    San Francisco "Summer of Love" begins
    An event where many people campaigned for love and peace instead of war in the city of San Francisco
  • First NFL Super Bowl

    First NFL Super Bowl
    The very first Super Bowl held in Los Angeles, California
  • Muhammed Ali refuses military service

    Muhammed Ali refuses military service
    The famous boxer refused to join the military after citing religious reasons.
  • Beatles release Sgt. Pepper's album

    Beatles release Sgt. Pepper's album
    The Beatles released their Eighth album that spent 15 weeks at the top of Billboard
  • Thurgood Marshall nominated to the Supreme Court

    Thurgood Marshall nominated to the Supreme Court
    The first African American Supreme Court Justice nominated
  • MLK assassinated

    MLK assassinated
    Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King is assassinated
  • Robert Kennedy is assassinated

    Robert Kennedy is assassinated
    JFK's brother and senator is assassinated in a hotel
  • Protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention

    Protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention
    Protests of the Vietnam War occurred at the 1968 DNC
  • LSD declared illegal by the U.S. government

    LSD declared illegal by the U.S. government
    The hallucinogenic drug was made illegal in the United States
  • Richard Nixon is elected President

    Richard Nixon is elected President
    Richard Nixon beat Hubert Humphrey to take presidential office.
  • Americans land on the moon

    Americans land on the moon
    American astronauts were first ones to land on the moon.
  • Manson family murders Sharon Tate

    Manson family murders Sharon Tate
    Sharon Tate, along with 4 others, are murdered by the Manson family in Los Angeles
  • Woodstock

    Woodstock
    Music festival with an audience of 400,000 people
  • Rolling Stones host the Altamont Music Festival

    Rolling Stones host the Altamont Music Festival
    This was a counterculture rock concert held in Northern California. Around 300,000 people attended and it was thought to be the Woodstock of the West.
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    Cuban Missile Crisis

    Conflict between the U.S. and the Soviet Union after the Soviets move nuclear weapons into Cuba.
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    Watts Race Riots

    A series of violent protests in Los Angeles after an African American man was pulled over for reckless driving..
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    Monterey Music Fest

    A three day pop festival held in California.
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    Tet Offensive

    A large scale attack by the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong against the South Vietnamese and the Americans.
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    Stonewall riots

    A serious of violent demonstrations by the gay community against police.