The 1960's

  • Civil Rights

    Civil Rights
    Sit ins and the Civil Rights movement begin
  • Presidential election

    Presidential election
    The first televised presidential debate, kennedy and Nixon.
  • Bay of Pigs

    The government operation "bay of pigs", attempts to overthrow Fidel Castro
  • Berlin Wall

    Berlin Wall
    The construction of the Berlin Wall starts. It was constructed to segragte Germany.
  • The Space Race

    John Glenn orbits the Earth 3 times equalizing america with the soviet union in the space race.
  • Mississippi desegregation

    Mississippi desegregation
    James Meredith becomes the first African American to enter the University of MIssissippi.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    JFK orders a naval and air blockade of military equipment to Cuba
  • Limited nuclear testing

    The U.S., soviet union, and Great Britian agree to a limited test-ban treating, banning all testing above ground.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Speech

    Martin Luther King Jr. Speech
    Martin Luther King Jr. gives his famous "I have a dream speech"
  • Kennedy killed

    JFK sniped while in the back seat of his car in Dallas, Texas.
  • First Civil RIghts Bill

    Legislation passes the first major Civil Rights Bill, it banned discrimination in jobs, voting, and accommodations.
  • Gulf of Tonkin resolution

    Gulf of Tonkin resolution
    Legislation passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution after North Vietnamese boats attack American ships.
  • Malcolm X killed

    Malcolm X killed
    Malcolm X is assassinated while giving a speech in Manhattan's Audobon Ballroom.
  • Rolling Thunder

    Rolling Thunder
    Johnson orders operation "rolling thunder" to begin
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

    The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is passed banning potential voters from having to take literacy tests.
  • public draft card burnings

    public draft card burnings
    The first public burning of draft cards begin. It was started by a group of students against the war.
  • Medicare

    The government medical program for citizens over the age of 65 begins.
  • MLK killed

    Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Woodstock

    The free concert, Woodstock, began.
  • Nixons new vietnam policy

    Nixon puts his new vietnam policy into effect, stating asian allies should care for their own military defense.