Major Events 1964-1969

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    Major Events of Lisa's childhood

  • War on Poverty

    Jan. 8, 1964- President Johnson declares a "War on Poverty" in the State of the Union address thus initiating plans for his Great Society.
  • Civil Rights Act

    July 2, 1964 - President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964, making segregation in public facilities and discrimination in employment illegal.
  • Nobel Peace Prize to MLK Jr.

    December 10, 1964- the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Bombing on Vietnam begins

    February 8, 1965 - U.S. starts bombing North Vietnam.
  • 25,000 troops in Vietnam

    April 1965 - 25,000 U.S. troops stationed in Vietnam
  • Vietnam Week

    April 10, 1967 - Vietnam Week starts. Draft card burnings and anti-draft demonstrations
  • MLK shot and killed.

    April 4, 1968 - Martin Luther King shot and killed in Memphis at the age 39. King was shot as he stood on the balcony outside his hotel room. Escaped convict James Earl Ray later pleads guilty to the crime.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1968

    April 11, 1968 - President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968, prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing.
  • James Earl Ray sentenced for MLK's murder

    March 20, 1969 - James Earl Ray is sentenced to 99 years for Martin Luther King Jr.'s murder.
  • 500,00 march in Washington, DC for peace.

    November 15 - 500,000 + march in Wash. DC for peace. Largest antiwar rally in U.S. history. Speakers: McCarthy, McGovern, Coretta King, Dick Gregory, Leonard Bernstein. Singers: Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul, & Mary, John Denver, Mitch Miller, touring cast of Hair 1969.