60s Era Timeline

  • Newport Jazz Festival

    Newport Jazz Festival
    This is a music festival that was started by Elaine Lorillard and her and her husband Louis Lorillard financed it for many years. They hired George Wein to organize their first festival and bring Jazz to Rhode Island. They started it in 1954 and it still happens every August
  • Nixon-Kennedy Debates (1st on Television)

    Nixon-Kennedy Debates (1st on Television)
    This was the very first presidential debate on television. This showed the viewers how nervous Nixon was while Kennady and according to the viewers that watched it thought that Kennady won, but ones that listened to it on the radio thought that Nixon won.
  • The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

    The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
    John F. Kennedy was shot while in a parade in Dallas Texas. There are many conspiracy theories about his actual assassination.
  • The Beatles Appear for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show

    The Beatles Appear for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show
    73 million people watched The Ed Sullivan shows to watch The Beatles' first live performance on United States soil.
  • The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
    This Resolution gave President Lyndon Johnson the authority to pretty much do whatever he wanted to.
  • Operation Rolling Thunder

    Operation Rolling Thunder
    This was only supposed to be for 8 weeks but it turned into 3 years of America just bombing the crap out of Vietnam.
  • March on the Pentagon

    March on the Pentagon
    It was a march to protest against the Vietnam War. Over 100,000 people were there.
  • Mai Lai Massacre

    Mai Lai Massacre
    An American company of soldiers murdered most of the people that lived in a village called Mai Lai. More than 500 people were found murdered in that village including women and young children.
  • Riots at the Chicago Democratic Convention

    Riots at the Chicago Democratic Convention
    This happened in Chicago, Illinois, and was part of a series of riots/protests that happened against the War in Vietnam. This protest was supposed to maintain law and order, but before and during the convention the police met the protesters in the streets and parks of Chicago and used police violence against them and pretty much everyone around the protesters. On August 28 the riot went on live television and the protesters started saying "the whole world is watching".
  • Woodstock

    This was the most famous festival in the 1960s. It took place on a farm in Bethel, New York, and lasted for 3 days.
  • Chicago 8 Trial

    Chicago 8 Trial
    This trial was against 8 antiwar activists that were charged with showing violent demonstrations at the August 1968 Democratic National Convention which was opened in Chicago before Judge Julius Hoffman. One of these 8 was Bobby Seale of the Black Panthers.
  • The Beatles Break Up

    The Beatles Break Up
    There are many many reasons that caused the Beatles to break up including the death of the manager Brian Epstein in 1967, Lennon's heroin use, Lennon's relationship with Yoko Ono, and many more.
  • Kent State Protest

    Kent State Protest
    This protest was at Kent State University and turned into a shooting leaving 4 protesters dead and 9 others injured.
  • Roe vs. Wade

    Roe vs. Wade
    This law legalized abortions in the United States. It was decided in 1973 that women could decide whether to get an abortion or not.