U.S.A. in 1960s

  • U-2 incident

    U-2 incident
    In the Soviet Union, a United States U-2 spy plane is shot done by Soviet forces, leading to the capture of U.S. pilot Gary Powers.
  • Kennedy for president

    Kennedy for president
    Election is won by Senator John F. Kennedy, the Democratic candidate from Massachusetts, over Richard M. Nixon.
  • FDA approves birth control

    FDA approves birth control
    the Food and Drug Administration approves the first birth control pill for sale.
  • Missile Program

    Missile Program
    President Kennedy initiates 17 billion dollar nuclear missile program, increases military aid to Indochina and announces the creation of the Peace Corps.
  • Construcion of Berlin wall

    Construcion of Berlin wall
    The construction of the Berlin Wall begins by the Soviet bloc, segregating the German city. The wall would last for twenty-eight years.
  • Build Fallout Shelters!

    Build Fallout Shelters!
    President Kennedy advises Americans to build fallout shelters.
  • Nuclear test ban

    Nuclear test ban
    Nuclear Test Ban Treaty is ratified by Senate.
  • Nuclear Treaty takes effect

    Nuclear Treaty takes effect
    Nuclear Test Ban Treaty takes effect.
  • Kennedy is killed

    Kennedy is killed
    In Dallas, Texas, during a motorcade through downtown, President John F. Kennedy is mortally wounded by assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn into office later that day.
  • War in vietnam

    War in vietnam
    First American soldier officially sets foot on Vietnam battlefields, First U.S. combat troops begin fighting in South Vietnam.
  • LSD factory

    LSD factory
    Owsley starts LSD factory, making large quantities of acid available for the first time.
  • Medicare

    the government medical program for citizens over the age of 65, begins.
  • MLK Assassinated

    MLK Assassinated
    Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee while standing on a motel balcony by James Earl Ray.
  • Mission Apollo

    Mission Apollo
    The Apollo program completes its mission. Neil Armstrong, United States astronaut, becomes the first man to set foot on the moon four days after launch from Cape Canaveral.
  • Internet development

    Internet development
    The Internet, called Arpanet , begins development, and is invented by the Advanced Research Projects Agency at the U.S. Department of Defense.