John F. Kennedy officially declared that he wanted to run for president for the Democratic Party. He went up against Senator Hubert Humphrey and Senator Wayne Morse for the opportunity to be the main canidate.
Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate
The Presidential Debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon was the first televised debate anyone had seen. 70 Million US viewers tuned in to hear what the canidates had to say. This date was the first of many debates that the two men would have.
A new president in our mists.
John F. Kennedy is elected president, winning by 119,000 votes and making him the second youngest president to be elected.
Kennedy, in one of his speeches, promises the US that they will reach the moon before the decade ends.
The Death of Marilyn Monroe
The thirty-six year old actress/singer Marilyn Monroe was found dead because of an overdose of barbiturates. No one really knows if this was an accident, suicide, or a murder.
Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy are arrested
Both MLK and Ralph Abernathy are arrested and sent to jail during the protests, where MLK wrote his "Letter to Birmingham Jail."
Medgar Evers is assassinated
Medgar Evers, the state's NAACP field secretary, was assassinated outside of his home. The killer, Byron De La Beckwith, is tried twice in 1964, both trials resulted in hung juries and he wasn't convicted of the murder until thirty years later.
John F. Kennedy is Assassinated
John F. Kennedy was shot and killed during his motorcade through Dallas, Texas, which made him the youngest president to die in office.
Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in.
Immediately after President John F. Kennedy was shot, his vice president, Lyndon B. Johnson, was sworn into Presidency.
The "War on Poverty"
President Johnson declares a "War on Poverty" in the State of the Union address thus initiating plans for his Great Society.
The Beatles come to America
The Beatles had a huge impact to the culture of music in general and of the time. When they landed at John F. Kennedy Airport, they were greeted by a large crowd of fans already in love with them.
An Organized March
Martin Luther King Jr. leads march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama joined by 25,000 marchers.
The Right To Vote
Congress passes the Voting Rights Act of 1965, making it easier for Southern blacks to register to vote. Literacy tests and other such requirements that tended to restrict blacks being able to vote had now become illegal.
Draft Card Fires
Burning draft cards had become an illegal and punishable act. The burning of draft cards had become a popular protest method against the war in Vietnam.
The Walk for Love and Peace and Freedom
The Walk for Love and Peace and Freedom in New York City took place with 10,000 participants.
Martin Luther King Jr. is killed.
While standing his hotel room balcony in Memphis Tennessee, where he was to lead the next protest march for the sympathy of garbage workers who lived there, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.
Man takes his first steps on the Moon.
The United States beats Russia in landing on the moon first and being able to take the first steps there.
In the late 60's, The Woodstock Music and Art Fair had drawn in around 450,000 people where the concert had become a "countercultural mini-nation in which minds were open, drugs were all but legal and love was "free"."