Era of the Smiley Face: Welcome to the Sixties

  • The Sit-In in Greensboro

    The Sit-In in Greensboro
    Four college students sit-in at a "white-ony" counter at Woolworth's store. Read more about the sit-in
  • Execution of Caryl Chessman

    Execution of Caryl Chessman
    After a twelve-year long battle with the givernment, Caryl Chessman is executed in a gas chamber in a California state prison. Read the original article
  • The Peace Corps

    The Peace Corps
    The idea for the Peace Corps is initiated when John F. Kennedy spoke with students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The Peace Corps did not officially begin until 1961. Read more about the Peace Corps
  • John F, Kennedy enters Presidency

    John F, Kennedy enters Presidency
    John F. Kennedy becomes the tthirty-fifth President of the United States.
  • Kennedy Orders Troops to South Vietnam

    Kennedy Orders Troops to South Vietnam
    President John F. Kennedy orders one hundred United States to aide South Vietnam.
  • Introducing "Core"

    Introducing "Core"
    The United States aircraft carrier "Core" arrives in Saigon, South Vietnam along with 33 helicopters and 300 air and ground crewmen assigned to operate them.
  • The First American to Fall

    The First American to Fall
    Specialist 4 James Davis of Livington, Tennessee dies for his comrades when ambushed in South Vietnam. He is said to be"The first American to fall in defense of our freedom in Vietnam."* *Quoted from President Lyndon Johnson Read the Joohn Livington Tribute
  • The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones
    The Rolling Stones perform their first show at the Marquee. Read more about The Rolling Stones
  • Thich Quang Duc

    Thich Quang Duc
    A Buddhist monk, Thich Quang Duc, sits criss-cross, douses himself with gasoline, and sets himself ablaze in Vietnam. Read more
  • Death of a Film Goddess

    Death of a Film Goddess
    Still called one of the most controversial deaths in United States history, Marilyn Moonroe dies of a drug overdose in her home in Brentwood, California. Official Monroe website
  • Mutiny

    Mutiny
    On the night of November 1st, 1963, President Ngo Dinh Diem in Soth Korea. He was swiftly executed. He was tied to the back of a military car and dragged by his feet and hands.
  • JFK is assassinated

    JFK is assassinated
    President John F. Kennedy is assassinted in Dallas, Texas; Vice President Lyndon Johnson becomes president. Find information about the JFK assassination Read more about Lyndon Johnson
  • North Vietnam's Takeover

    North Vietnam's Takeover
    With strong allies Russia and China, the North Vietnamese plan an insane plan to dominate the entire country.
    The United States becomes conerned and fears a Communist takeover.
  • The Who

    The Who
    The Who is a fantabulous band created in 1964. They were previously the band The Detours. Visit their official website
  • "My Bonnie"

    "My Bonnie"
    Decca Records issues the first commercial release featuring The Beatles name. The album is called "My Bonnie/The Saints." Read morw about "My Bonnie"
  • General Westmoreland takes command

    General Westmoreland takes command
    Westmoreland held commandment in Vietnam until demoted by President Johnson in 1968. He had demanded more manpower, but President Johnson refused to send troops.
    He was replaced by Creighton W. Abrams. Read more about Westmoreland
  • Gulf of Tonkin

    Gulf of Tonkin
    The so-called Gulf of Tonkin attack on United States warships sends President Johnson into attack. He had no concrete evidence that the event had actually occured.
  • US commits to Vietnam

    US commits to Vietnam
    At port Da Nang in the Central lowlands of Vietnam, United States battalions land andmark the commitment of United States ground forces.
  • Burning for Peace

    Burning for Peace
    An eighty-two year old Halocaust survivor by the name of Alice Herz sets herself ablaze when hearing that more soldiers had been sent to Vietnam along with more bombings.
  • Operation Starlite

    Operation Starlite
    The first major United States ground offensive, Operation Starlite, occurs.
  • US Engages in War

    US Engages in War
    The United States marks involvement in the war when battles broke out between the 1st Calvary and North Vietnamese soldiers in the Ia Drang Valley region located in the Central Lowlands of Vietnam.
    2500 North Vietnamese soldiers were killed, while, in consequence, 534 US soldiers lay wounded or dead.
  • Red Skies

    Red Skies
    The United States begins bombing in Haiphong and Hanoi, North Vietnam. This is considered to be a major factor in the escalation of the war in the skies.
  • Battle of Long Tan

    Battle of Long Tan
    Austrailan troops battle at Long Tan and win. Forty-two lay wounded or dead. Read more about Long Tan
  • Make Peace, Not War

    Make Peace, Not War
    Major anti-war demonstrations show he first signs of the country not in complete agreement with te war.
  • The My Lai massacre

    The My Lai massacre
    The massacre lasted merely an estimate of twenty minutes. At least 100 men, women, and children were brutally murdered along with destruction of homes and property. Read the newspaper article
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassination

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassination
    Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated while giving a speech for African-American rights at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Read an Article pretaining to the event
  • Nixon is Inaugurated

    Nixon is Inaugurated
    President Johnson cracks from under all the pressure of being the first United States president that may lose a war and find himself unable to continue for a second term.
    Richard Nixon becomes president and ensure peace. Read more about Richard Nixon
  • Nixon Proposes Peace

    Nixon Proposes Peace
    Nixon proposes an "Eight-point peace plan" during a policy address on Vietnam.
  • Death of Ho Chi Minh

    Death of Ho Chi Minh
    Ho Chi Minh strove for Vietnamese independence through communism, but dies before he sees it accomplished. Read more about Ho Chi Minh
  • Vietnam Moratorium

    Vietnam Moratorium
    An estimate of one million Americans, including at least fifty United States Congress members, participate in a protest for peace. Read the article