Major Events of the 1960s

  • First Military Advisors to Vietnam

    The United States sends its first military advisors to Vietnam to help fight against the communist North. The war escalates throughout the 60s with military soldiers being sent in.
  • First Sit in

    4 black college students sit down at a whites only lunch counter and refuse to move sparking other sit ins to be arranged around all throughout the south
  • Freedom Riders

    The first freedom riders consisted of 7 blacks and 6 whites who boarded a bus to Birmingham and Anniston, Alabama to enforce the new bus terminal law that stated bus terminals could not be segregated. The buses were attacked and the people beaten.
  • The March on Washington

    A. Philip Randolph organized the event to march for jobs, public school intergration, and for the passage of the fair employment act, and an omniibus civil rights act. 250,000 people show up at the steps of the Lincoln memorial. This was where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic "I have a dream" speech.
  • Assassination of John F. Kennedy

    The 35th president of the United States of America is assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald while traveling in a parade in Dallas, Texas
  • LBJ sworn in as President of the United States

    Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn into office at an airfield in Texas two hours after President John F. Kennedy is assassinated
  • The Beatles arrive in the U.S.

    The Beatles debut in America. They arrive at the John F. Kennedy airport to a huge crowd of fans.
  • The Selma Movement

    Peaceful protests in Dallas County, Alabama that were turned violent by non protesters with night sticks, tear gass, and electric cattle prods. America was so appalled by the violence that LBJ went to congress and passed the Voting Rights Bill on August 6, 1965.
  • Assassination of Malcolm X

    Malcolm X is Assassinated at Manhattan's Audubon Ballroom while giving a speech by Talmadge Hayer, Norman 3X Butler, and Thomas 15X Johnson.
  • First Teach In

    First teach in at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. 12 hours of speeches and discussions opposing the war in Vietnam
  • Voting Rights Bill is Passed

    Made it illegal to deny any citizen of America the right to vote based on their color or race.
  • Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

    Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Children's Crusade

    Martin Luther King Jr.'s first march on Birmingham that he encouraged children to join. The pictures of children being blasted with fire hoses and beaten with clubs by Bull Connor and his police angered the citizens of the United States and countries around the world.
  • Berrigan Brothers Protest

    The Berrigan Brothers publicly burn 378 stolen draft records with homemade napalm to protest the war in Vietnam
  • Assassination of Robert Kennedy

    The brother of former president John F. Kennedy and a United States senator who was running for president, Robert was shot by Sirhan Sirhan in the kitchen of the Ambassador hotel and died 26 hours later
  • Woodstock

    The notorious Woodstock Festival is held August 15 - 17 at a 600 acre farm in Woodstock, New York.
  • End of U.S. Military involvment in Vietnam

    U.S. Military involvment is done in Vietnam because of the Case–Church Amendment passed by the U.S. Congress
  • End of Vietnam War

    The Vietnam War ends with the fall of the city of Saigon to the communist north