American Pop Culture in the 20th Century

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In History
  • SNCC Formed

    SNCC Formed
    The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was one of the major American Civil Rights Movement organizations of the 1960s. It emerged from the first wave of student sit-ins and formed at a May 1960 meeting organized by Ella Baker at Shaw University.
  • SDS Releases its Port Huron Statement

    SDS Releases its Port Huron Statement
    Early in 1960, the SLID changed its name into Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). The Port Huron Statement was adopted at the organization's first convention in 1962 based on an earlier draft by staff member Tom Hayden.
  • First televised presidential debate

    First televised presidential debate
    The first general election presidential debate was held on September 26, 1960, between U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy, the Democratic nominee, and Vice President Richard Nixon, the Republican nominee, in Chicago at the studios of CBS's WBBM-TV.
  • First airing of "The Flintstones"

    First airing of "The Flintstones"
    The very first episode aired on September 30, 1960. Titled "The Flintstone Flyer"
  • President Kennedy is elected

    President Kennedy is elected
    The 1960 United States presidential election was the 44th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 8, 1960. In a closely contested election, Democrat United States Senator John F. Kennedy defeated incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon, the Republican Party nominee.
  • Russians send first man into space

    Russians send 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. His capsule Vostok 1 completed one orbit of Earth on 12 April 1961.
  • Berlin Wall is Constructed

    Berlin Wall is Constructed
    Was built to divide West and East Berlin both physically and ideologically. Finally was taken down in 1989.
  • Roger Maris of the Yankees breaks Babe Ruth's single season home run record

    Roger Maris of the Yankees breaks 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
  • Marilyn Monroe Dies

    Marilyn Monroe Dies
    Died of Barbiturate overdoes in 1962. Was hugely popular for her revealing culture she began.
  • James Meredith registers at Ole Miss

    James Meredith registers at Ole Miss
    Was the first African American Student enrolled at Ole Miss. Lots of people disliked it, but it was the beginning of the end of segregation within colleges.
  • 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. Nobody was hurt, and no missiles were launched.
  • "Dr. No" The first James Bond movie premiers

    In the film that launched the James Bond saga, Agent 007 (Sean Connery) battles mysterious Dr. No, a scientific genius bent on destroying the U.S. space program. As the countdown to disaster begins, Bond must go to Jamaica, where he encounters beautiful Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress), to confront a megalomaniac villain in his massive island headquarters.
  • Dr. King's "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 on August 28, 1963, in which he called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism in the United States.
  • John F Kennedy is Assasinated

    John F Kennedy is Assasinated
    President John F Kennedy is shot while riding in the back of a car with his wife. He later died at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas.
  • The Beatles arrive in the United States

    The Beatles arrive in the United States
    The Beatles arrived at JFK airport in New York in February 1964. They wee an extremely popular band at the time.
  • The Beatles Appear on Ed Sullivan

    The Beatles Appear on Ed Sullivan
    On February 9th, 1964, The Beatles, with their Edwardian suits and mop top haircuts, made their first American television appearance live on The Ed Sullivan Show. A record setting 73 million people tuned in that evening making it one of the seminal moments in television history.
  • New York World;s Fair Begins

    New York World;s Fair Begins
    The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair was a world's fair that held over 140 pavilions, 110 restaurants, for 80 nations, 24 US states, and over 45 corporations to build exhibits or attractions at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens, New York City.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Incident

    Gulf of Tonkin Incident
    On August 2, 1964, the destroyer USS Maddox, while performing a signals intelligence patrol as part of DESOTO operations, was monitored by three North Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats of the 135th Torpedo Squadron. Maddox initiated the incident by firing three "warning" shots, and the North Vietnamese boats replied with torpedoes and machine gun fire.
  • Lyndon B Johnson Defeats Barry Goldwater

    Lyndon B Johnson Defeats Barry Goldwater
    Incumbent Democratic United States President Lyndon B. Johnson defeated Barry Goldwater, the Republican nominee. Johnson took office on November 22, 1963, following the assassination of his predecessor, John F. Kennedy.
  • Malcolm X Assasinated

    Malcolm X Assasinated
    El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, better known as Malcolm X, was an American Muslim minister and human rights activist who was a popular figure during the civil rights movement. He was assassinated on February 21, 1965 in the Audubon Ballroom.
  • Watts race riots

    Watts race riots
    The Watts riots, sometimes referred to as the Watts Rebellion, took place in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles from August 11 to 16, 1965. On August 11, 1965, Marquette Frye, an African-American motorist on parole for robbery, was pulled over for reckless driving.
  • "Star Trek" TV show airs

    "Star Trek" TV show airs
    The iconic series "Star Trek" follows the crew of the starship USS Enterprise as it completes its missions in space in the 23rd century. Captain James T. Kirk -- along with half- human/half-Vulcan science officer Spock, ship Dr. "Bones" McCoy, Ensign Pavel Chekov, communications officer Lt. Nyota Uhura, helmsman Lt. Hikaru Sulu and chief engineer Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott -- confront strange alien races, friendly and hostile alike, as they explore unknown worlds.
  • First NFL Superbowl

    First NFL Superbowl
    Packers beat Chiefs in first Super Bowl. On January 15, 1967, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) smash the American Football League (AFL)'s Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10.
  • Beatles release Sgt.Pepper's album

    Beatles release Sgt.Pepper's album
    The album was released on May 26, 1967. It spent 15 weeks at number one on the billboard top LPs chart in the United States.
  • San Francisco "Summer of Love" begins

    San Francisco "Summer of Love" begins
    The Summer of Love was a social phenomenon that occurred during the summer of 1967, when as many as 100,000 people, mostly young people sporting hippie fashions of dress and behavior, converged in San Francisco's neighborhood of Haight-Ashbury.
  • 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.
  • Boxer Muhammad Ali refuses Military service

    Boxer Muhammad Ali refuses Military service
    United States, 403 U.S. 698 (1971), was Muhammad Ali's appeal of his conviction in 1967 for refusing to report for induction into the United States military forces during the Vietnam War. His local draft board had rejected his application for conscientious objector classification.
  • Thurgood Marshall nominated to the supreme court.

    Thurgood 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. On August 30, after a heated debate
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    The Tet Offensive was a series of surprise attacks by the Vietcong (rebel forces sponsored by North Vietnam) and North Vietnamese forces, on scores of cities, towns, and hamlets throughout South Vietnam. It was considered to be a turning point in the Vietnam War.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. 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 in 1968.
  • Robert Kennedy is assinated

    Robert Kennedy is assinated
    He served as the 64th United States attorney general. He was assassinated in June 1968. This was shortly after he was declared the winner of the South Dakota and California primaries in 1968.
  • Protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention

    Protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention
    Protest activity against the Vietnam War took place prior to and during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. In 1967, counterculture and anti-Vietnam War protest groups had been promising to come to Chicago and disrupt the convention, and the city promised to maintain law and order.
  • LSD declared illegal by the U.S. Government

    LSD declared illegal by the U.S. Government
    On October 24, 1968, possession of LSD was made illegal in the United States. The last FDA approved study of LSD in patients ended in 1980, while a study in healthy volunteers was made in the late 1980s.
  • Richard Nixon is elected

    Richard Nixon is elected
    The 1968 United States presidential election was the 46th quadrennial U.S. presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 5, 1968. The Republican nominee, former Vice President Richard Nixon, defeated the Democratic nominee, incumbent Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
  • 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
    Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. The first steps by humans on another planetary body were taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969.
  • Woodstock concert

    Woodstock concert
    Woodstock was a music festival held August 15–18, 1969, 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.
  • Manson Family Murders Sharon Tate

    Manson Family Murders Sharon Tate
    The Tate–LaBianca murders were perpetrated by members of the Charles Manson "Family" in Los Angeles, California. They murdered five people on August 8–9, 1969, and two more the following evening.
  • The Rolling Stones Host the Altamont Music Festival

    The Rolling Stones Host the Altamont Music Festival
    On December 6, 1969, about 300,000 gathered at the Altamont Speedway in Tracy, California to see the Rolling Stones perform a free concert that was seen as a 'Woodstock West.' It was also supposed to be a triumphant conclusion for the band that year, following their successful U.S. tour