American Pop Culture in the 20th Century

Timeline created by JoeBatton
In History
  • SNCC Formed

    SNCC Formed
    One of the major civil rights administrations in the 60's.
  • First Televised Presidential Debate

    First Televised Presidential Debate
    This was the 1960 election when Kennedy was going head to head against Nixon.
  • First Airing of "The Flintstones"

    First Airing of "The Flintstones"
    The very first episode aired on September 30, 1960. Titled "The Flintstone Flyer" (P-2), it was actually the second Flintstones episode produced (after The Swimming Pool, P-1), but the first to air.
  • Kennedy is Elected

    Kennedy is Elected
    John F. Kennedy is elected as a Democrat to become President of the United States.
  • Russians Send the First Man into Space

    Russians Send the First Man into Space
    Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968) was a Soviet Air Forces pilot and cosmonaut who became the first human to journey into outer space, achieving a major milestone in the Space Race.
  • The Berlin Wall

    The Berlin Wall
    the Berlin Wall was a barrier that divided Germany. the Wall completely cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin
  • Roger Maris beats Babe Ruth's single season home run record.

    Roger Maris beats Babe Ruth's single season home run record.
    Roger Maris breaks home-run record. On October 1, 1961, New York Yankee Roger Maris becomes the first-ever major-league baseball player to hit more than 60 home runs in a single season.
  • SDS releases its Port Huron Statement

    SDS releases its Port Huron Statement
    The Port Huron Statement was written in Port Huron, Michigan, at a meeting of Students for a Democratic Society. The Port Huron Statement reflects the dissatisfaction and disillusionment many young people were feeling in the 1960's.
  • Marilyn Monroe Dies

    Marilyn Monroe Dies
    Famous actor and model Marilyn Monroe dies.
  • James Meredith

    James Meredith
    James Howard Meredith is a Civil Rights Movement figure, writer, political adviser and Air Force veteran. He enrolled at Ole Miss in 1962
  • "Dr. No" the First James Bond Movie Premiers

    "Dr. No" the First James Bond Movie Premiers
    The campaign also included the 007 logo designed by Joseph Caroff with a pistol as part of the seven. Dr. No had its worldwide premiere at the London Pavilion.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    A 13-day confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union initiated by the American discovery of Soviet ballistic missile deployment in Cuba.
  • Dr. Kings "I have a Dream" Speech

    Dr. Kings "I have a Dream" Speech
    "I Have a Dream" is a public speech that was delivered by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
  • John F. Kennedy is Assassinated

    John F. Kennedy is Assassinated
    Kennedy was shot during the parade to run for reelection.
  • The Beatles Arrive in New York

    The Beatles Arrive in New York
    The Beatles arrive in the U.S for the first time.
  • The Beatles Appear on Ed Sullivan

    The Beatles Appear on Ed Sullivan
    The Beatles meet with Ed Sullivan to talk about their band and expose themselves to the United States on his tv show.
  • New York's World's Fair Begins

    New York's World's Fair Begins
    This was the biggest world fair that has ever been seen before. 1964 had never seen something better.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Incident

    Gulf of Tonkin Incident
    On this date, the US Maddox was sunken by Northern Vietnamese patrolman. This caused the US to become more involved in Vietnam.
  • Lyndon B Johnson defeats Barry Goldwater

    Lyndon B Johnson defeats Barry Goldwater
    Democratic United States President Lyndon B. Johnson defeated Barry Goldwater, the Republican nominee.
  • Malcolm X Assassinated

    Malcolm X Assassinated
    Malcolm x was an American Muslim minister and human rights activist who was a popular figure during the civil rights movement. Sadly in 1965 he was assassinated.
  • Watts Race Riots

    Watts Race Riots
    Marquette Frye, whose fight with the police after a routine traffic incident on a muggy summer night in 1965 ignited the Watts riot, has died of pneumonia, a coroner's spokesman said today.
  • "Star Trek" TV Show Airs

    "Star Trek" TV Show Airs
    This was when the sci-fi show "Star Trek" first aired on television. Little did the franchise know, it would make millions very shortly after production.
  • San Francisco "Summer Love" Begins

    San Francisco "Summer Love" Begins
    The Summer of Love began on January 14, 1967, when some 30,000 people gathered in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. They came to take part in counterculture poet Allen Ginsberg and writer Gary Synder's "Human Be-In" initiative, part of the duo's call for a collective expansion of consciousness
  • First NFL Super Bowl

    First NFL Super Bowl
    Taken place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.
  • Beatles release Sgt. Pepper's album.

    Beatles release Sgt. Pepper's album.
    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by the English rock band the Beatles.
  • Monterrey Music Festival Held

    Monterrey Music Festival Held
    The Monterrey International Pop Music Festival was a three-day concert event held June 16 to June 18, 1967, at the Monterrey County Fairgrounds in Monterrey, California
  • Thur good Marshall nominated to the Supreme Court.

    Thur good Marshall nominated to the Supreme Court.
    Thurgood Marshall appointed to Supreme Court. President Lyndon Johnson appoints U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Thurgood Marshall to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Tom C. Clark.
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    This was a series of attacks by the Vietcong which hit the southern parts of Vietnam. Since the US were allied with the southerners, the Vietcong had to do this.
  • Martin Luther King Jr is Assassinated

    Martin Luther King Jr is Assassinated
    Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination
  • Robert Kennedy is Assassinated

    Robert Kennedy is Assassinated
    Robert Kennedy is Assassinated.
  • Protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention

    Protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention
    Protests against the Vietnam war began at the convention to try and pull out of the war. This was known to happen since word got around before hand but was never taken into consideration as a big problem.
  • LSD is delcared illegal in the U.S.

    LSD is delcared illegal in the U.S.
    LSD which is a hallucinogenic drug is declared illegal.
  • Richard Nixon is Elected

    Richard Nixon is Elected
    Richard Nixon is elected as President after Lyndon Johnson finished his term.
  • Stonewall Riots

    Stonewall Riots
    The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City
  • American Astronauts Land on the moon

    American Astronauts Land on the moon
    When Apollo 11 was the first ship to make it to the moon. Its crew men included Michael Collins Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. They Landed four days after the launch.
  • Manson Family murders Sharon Tate

    Manson Family murders Sharon Tate
    The Tate murders were perpetrated by members of the Charles Manson "Family" in Los Angeles, California. They murdered five people, and two more the following evening.
  • Woodstock Concert

    Woodstock Concert
    on Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York, 40 miles southwest of Woodstock. Billed as "an Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music" and alternatively referred to as the Bethel Rock Festival, it attracted an audience of more than 400,000
  • The Rolling Stones host the Altamont music festival

    The Rolling Stones host the Altamont music festival
    This music festival was one of the most violent and crazy festival of the time period. From mosh pits to fist fights, it was a change to music.