The 1960s Timeline

  • Japanese American Claims Act

    Japanese American Claims Act
    This law authorized the settlement of property loss claims by people of Japanese descent who were removed from the Pacific Coast area during World War II.
  • Geneva Accords

    Geneva Accords
    The Geneva Accords was a document that separated Vietnam into north and south.
  • Murder of Emmitt Till

    Murder of Emmitt Till
    Emmett Till was a 14 year old African American boy who was murdered for flirting with a white woman in Mississippi.
  • Sexual Revolution

    Sexual Revolution
    (1960s-1980s) This was a social movement that challenged traditional codes of behavior related to sexuality and interpersonal relationships throughout the Western world.
  • Students for a Democratic Society

    Students for a Democratic Society
    The SDS was formed as an organization intended to establish a strong New Left movement.
  • Hippies

    (MId 1960s) The hippies were a subculture that arose in the US in the mid 60s that derived from the Beatniks.
  • 1960 Election

    1960 Election
    John F. Kennedy won the election against Nixon on the Democratic side with a very narrow amount of votes.
  • Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Bay of Pigs Invasion
    Kennedy gave permission to train Cuban exiles and launch a failed attack on Cuba in an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro.
  • Freedom Rides

    Freedom Rides
    The first freedom ride took place on May 4th, 1961 when 7 blacks and 6 whites took public buses from Washington DC to the deeply segregated south.
  • Berlin Crisis

    Berlin Crisis
    (June 4 - November 9) Khrushchev demanded a treaty making the divisions of East and West Germany permanent. When Kennedy refused, Khrushchev responded by building the Berlin Wall around West Berlin.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    (October 15-28) The world was on the brink of nuclear war for thirteen days when Kennedy found Soviet missiles in Cuba. The crisis was resolved when Khrushchev agreed to remove the missiles in Cuba in exchange for the removal of US missiles in Turkey.
  • Birmingham Confrontation

    Birmingham Confrontation
    In Birmingham, Alabama, the SCLC organized a protest that resulted in severe violence amongst the many young demonstrators and the police.
  • Kennedy Assassination

    Kennedy Assassination
    President Kennedy was assassinated while campaigning in Dallas, Texas by a gunman who was believed to be Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • Lyndon Johnson as President

    Lyndon Johnson as President
    When Kennedy was assassinated and announced dead, Lyndon Johnson became the 36th president on the United States.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Civil Rights Act of 1964
    This was a piece of legislation that outlawed major forms of discrimination African Americans and women.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
    The resolution was passed in Congess shortly after the attack on US ships and gave Johnson permission to do whatever he felt necessary against North Vietnam.
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

    Voting Rights Act of 1965
    This was a piece of legislation that outlawed discriminatory voting practices such as the poll tax and the literacy test.
  • National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act

    National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act
    This act was created to empower the federal government to set and administer new safety standards for motor vehicles and road traffic safety.
  • Richard Nixon

    Richard Nixon
    Richard Nixon was elected into office after Lyndon Johnson and eventually became the first president to resign from office.
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    A series of attacks on several locations throughout South Vietnam were launched by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops.
  • My Lai Massacre

    My Lai Massacre
    US forces went into My Lai searching for Viet Cong and found none, but still killed women, children, and the elderly.
  • Johnson's Withdrawal

    Johnson's Withdrawal
    President Johnson announced on television that he would not be running for reelection after his term had ended.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassinated

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassinated
    Martin Luther King, Jr, a major civil rights movement leader, was assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Robert Kennedy Assassinated

    Robert Kennedy Assassinated
    Robert Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles, California after winning primary elections for the Democratic nomination for president.
  • Santa Barbara Oil Spill

    Santa Barbara Oil Spill
    This was an oil spill that occured in the Santa Barbara Channel in Southern California that was the largest oil spill in the country at the time.
  • Cambodia

    The US invaded Cambodia in order to disrupt the supply lines of the Viet Cong and to destroy their bases in Cambodia being used to support operations in South Vietnam.
  • Equal Rights Amendment

    Equal Rights Amendment
    This amendment was passed in order to ensure equality between men and women.
  • Paris Peace Accords

    Paris Peace Accords
    The Paris Peace Accords intended to establish peace in Vietnam and end the Vietnam War.
  • Wounded Knee Confrontation

    Wounded Knee Confrontation
    About 200 Oglala Lakota and American Indian Movement followers seized and occupied the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
  • War Powers Act

    War Powers Act
    This federal law was passed to limit the amount of control the president has over military actions without permission from Congress.