Important Events of the 1960s

Timeline created by Cynthia Gomez
In Music
  • JFK Elected President

  • Brian Epstein first seeks the Beatles

  • Bob Dylan's first billed performance at Gerde's Folk City

  • U.S. starts underground nuclear testing

  • President Kennedy advises Americans to build fallout shelters

  • Boston SANE & fledgling SDS holding first anti-nuclear march

  • Alabama Gov. Wallace's "Segregation Forever" Speech

  • Martin Luter King & Ralph Abernathy go to jail in Birmingham

  • JFK Proposes the Civil Rights Bill

  • Martin Luter King's "I Have a Dream" Speech

  • Beatles on TV at London Palladium

  • JFK Assassinated

  • Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand" Released

  • Beatles arrive in New York

  • Beatles first appear on Ed Sullivan Show

  • Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl

  • Bob Dylan's first visit to England

  • Missing civil rights workers

  • Beatles first U.S. tour

  • Beatles' "A HArd Day's Night" movie released

  • Beatles Hollywood Bowl concert

  • Race Riots in Philadephia

  • Martin Luther King Jr. wins Nobel Peace Prize

  • Martin Luter King Jr. an 770 protesters arrested

  • U.S. starts bombing North Vietnam

  • First American soldier officially sets foot on Vietnam battlefields

  • Alabama state troopers attack 525 civil rights workers as they prepare to march

  • Time Magazine calls young people "generation of conformists"

  • Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" #1

  • Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" enters charts

  • Dylan goes Rock at Newport Folk Festival

  • Term "hippie" is used

  • "Eve of Destruction", Sang by Barry McGuire top of the Charts

  • Mississippi blacks build tent city

  • Antiwar demonstration in D.C.

  • Bob Dylan's motorcycle accident

  • Lennon says Beatles more popular than Jesus

  • Red Guard begins to wipe out western influence in China

  • Vietnam Week Starts

  • Anti-Vietnam War protests

  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album by the Beatles released

  • Monterey Pop Festival

  • Beatles sing "All You Need Is Love" on TV

  • The Summer of Love in San Francisco

  • Summer of Rioting in the U.S.

  • Sgt. Pepper hits #1

  • Newark riots start long hot summer

  • 43 Die in Detroit rioting

  • 448 400 US troops now in Vietnam

  • Martin Luter King shot and killed in Memphis

  • Black uprisings in 125 cities across the U.S.

  • WOODSTOCK festival

  • Rolling Stones "Altamont" concert erupts in violence

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