The ' 60's '

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    The 60's

  • Joanne Woodward

    Joanne Woodward earns first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • American "U2" spy plane

    American "U2" spy plane shot down over the USSR.
  • Caryl Chessman

    Murderer/Writer Caryl Chessman is executed.
  • Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin

    Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin is the first man to travel into space, as he circles the earth in 90 minutes in the Vostok I 187 miles above the earth.
  • Ernest Hemmingway

    Ernest Hemmingway commits suicide with shotgun
  • President Kennedy

    President Kennedy creates the Peace Corps to improve education, agriculture, and living standards in Latin America, Asia, and Africa
  • Marine Corps General John Glenn

    In February Marine Corps General John Glenn circles the earth 3 times in the Friendship 7.
  • World Fair

    The World's Fair is held in Seattle
  • Marilyn Monroe

    Marilyn Monroe dies of barbituate overdose at the age of 36.
  • Medgar Evers

    Sniper kills Negro leder Medgar Evers
  • Dr. Martin Luther King

    Dr. Martin Luther King delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. In August, more than 200,000 Americans will march in Washington in support of civil rights.
  • The Beatles

    Beatles first hit "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" is released
  • Civil rights workers

    Three civil rights workers are murdered in Mississippi
  • U.S. Ranger 7

    U.S. Ranger 7 relays the first close-range photographs of the Moon
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wins the Nobel Peace Priz
  • Winston Churhill

    Winston Churhill dies
  • Malcolm X

    Black nationalist leader Malcolm X is shot to death in New York
  • Blackout

    The largest blackout in the nation's history from Toronto plant puts the lights out in 80,000 square miles to include New York. Nine months later many post baby boomers were born as a result of the black out.
  • Russia

    Russia makes first soft moon landing
  • James Meredith

    James Meredith is shot on civil rights march
  • The Beatles

    The Beatles perform their final live concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco
  • Israel

    Israel smashes the Arabs in 6 day war
  • Jann Wenner

    Jann Wenner borrows $7,500 to begin publication of Rolling Stone Magazine
  • U.S. population

    U.S. population is now at 200 million
  • U.S. Spy ship

    The U.S. Spy ship Pueblo is seized by North Korea
  • Martin Luther King

    James Earl Ray arrested for assassination of Martin Luther King
  • Apollo Eight

    The Apollo Eight completes a flight around the moon at year's end
  • Boeing 747

    First commerical 747 goes into service
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Dwight D. Eisenhower dies
  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11 was an American spaceflight in which the astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first ever to land on the Moon
  • Woodstock

    Woodstock begins!