The 60s

Timeline created by Jack Scher
In History
  • SNCC Formed

    SNCC Formed
    The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was one of the major American Civil Rights Movement organizations of the 1960s. It emerged from the first wave of student sit-ins and formed at a May 1960 meeting organized by Ella Baker at Shaw University.
  • First Televised Presidential Debate

    First Televised Presidential Debate
    The first general election presidential debate was held on September 26, 1960, between U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy, the Democratic nominee, and Vice President Richard Nixon, the Republican nominee, in Chicago at the studios of CBS's WBBM-TV.
  • First Airing Of The Flintstones

    First Airing Of The Flintstones
    The Flintstones were the modern Stone Age family. Residing in Bedrock, Fred Flintstone worked an unsatisfying quarry job, but returned home to lovely wife Wilma and eventually daughter Pebbles.
  • President Kennedy Is Elected

    President Kennedy Is Elected
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy, often referred to by the initials JFK and Jack, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963.
  • Thurgood Marshall Nominated To The Supreme Court

    Thurgood Marshall Nominated To The Supreme Court
    Thurgood Marshall appointed to Supreme Court. ... As the NAACP's chief counsel from 1938 to 1961, he argued 32 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, successfully challenging racial segregation, most notably in public education. He won 29 of these cases, including a groundbreaking victory in 1954's Brown v.
  • Roger Maris Breaks Babe Ruth's Single Season Home run Record

    Roger Maris Breaks Babe Ruth's Single Season Home run Record
    Roger Eugene Maris was an American professional baseball right fielder. He is best known for setting a new major league baseball single-season home run record with 61 home runs in 1961; the record remained unbroken until 1998.
  • Berlin Wall Is Constructed

    Berlin Wall Is Constructed
    The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Construction of the Wall was commenced by the German Democratic Republic on 13 August 1961. The Wall cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany, including East Berlin.
  • SDS Releases Its Port Huron Statement

    SDS Releases Its Port Huron Statement
    After 1962 the student movement increasingly focused on opposition to the Vietnam War, though it built on the basic principles outlined in this manifesto.
  • Marilyn Monroe Dies

    Marilyn Monroe Dies
    Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comedic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s and was emblematic of the era's changing attitudes towards sexuality.
  • James Meredith Registers At Ole Miss

    James Meredith Registers At Ole Miss
    James Meredith was African-American man who attempted to enroll at the all-white University of Mississippi in 1962.
  • Dr. No The First James Bond Movie Premiers

    Dr. No The First James Bond Movie Premiers
    The campaign also included the 007 logo designed by Joseph Caroff with a pistol as part of the seven. Dr. No had its worldwide premiere at the London Pavilion, on 5 October 1962, expanding to the rest of the United Kingdom three days later.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    The Cuban Missile Crisis, also known as the October Crisis of 1962, the Caribbean Crisis, or the Missile Scare, was a 13-day confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union initiated by the American discovery of Soviet ballistic missile deployment in Cuba
  • Kings I Have A Dream Speech

    Kings I Have A Dream Speech
    "I Have a Dream" is a public speech that was delivered by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, in which he called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism in the United States.
  • JFK Is Assassinated

    JFK Is Assassinated
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy, often referred to by the initials JFK and Jack, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963.
  • Beatles Arrive In United States

    Beatles Arrive In United States
    On February 7, 1964, Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight 101 from London Heathrow lands at New York's Kennedy Airport–and “Beatlemania” arrives. It was the first visit to the United States by the Beatles, a British rock-and-roll quartet that had just scored its first No.
  • Beatles Appear On Ed Sullivan

    And, on February 9, 1964, the Beatles performed on the Ed Sullivan Show. This was a seminal moment in history; a day burned into our collective consciousness. ... In total, The Beatles played five songs: “All My Loving,” “Till There Was You,” “She Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”
  • New York's World Fair Begins

    New York's World Fair Begins
    The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair was a world's fair that held over 140 pavilions, 110 restaurants, for 80 nations (hosted by 37), 24 US states, and over 45 corporations to build exhibits or attractions at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens, New York City.
  • the Gulf of Tonkin Incident

    the Gulf of Tonkin Incident
    The Gulf of Tonkin incident, also known as the USS Maddox incident, was an international confrontation that led to the United States engaging more directly in the Vietnam War.
  • LBJ Defeats Barry Goldwater

    LBJ Defeats Barry Goldwater
    The 1964 United States presidential election was the 45th quadrennial American presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 3, 1964. Incumbent Democratic United States President Lyndon B. Johnson defeated Barry Goldwater, the Republican nominee.
  • Malcolm X assassinated

    Malcolm X assassinated
    El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, better known as Malcolm X, was an American Muslim minister and human rights activist who was a popular figure during the civil rights movement
  • Mohammad Ali Refuses Military Service

     Mohammad Ali Refuses Military Service
    was Muhammad Ali's appeal of his conviction in 1967 for refusing to report for induction into the United States military forces during the Vietnam War. His local draft board had rejected his application for conscientious objector classification.
  • Watt Race Riots

    Watt Race Riots
    The Watts riots, sometimes referred to as the Watts Rebellion, took place in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles from August 11 to 16, 1965. On August 11, 1965, Marquette Frye, an African-American motorist on parole for robbery, was pulled over for reckless driving.
  • Star Trek First Episode Airs

    Star Trek First Episode Airs
    Mysterious deaths of Enterprise crew on a desolate planet disrupt McCoy's unexpected reunion with an old love.
  • First NFL Superbowl

    First NFL Superbowl
    The first AFL-NFL World Championship Game in professional American football, known retroactively as Super Bowl I and referred to in some contemporaneous reports, including the game's radio broadcast, as the Super Bowl, was played on January 15, 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.
  • Beatles Release Sargent Peppers Album

    Beatles Release Sargent Peppers Album
    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. Released on 26 May 1967 in the United Kingdom and 2 June 1967 in the United States, it spent 27 weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart and 15 weeks at number one on the Billboard Top LPs chart in the US.
  • Monterrey Music Festival Held

    Monterrey Music Festival Held
    The Monterey International Pop Music Festival was a three-day concert event held June 16 to June 18, 1967, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California.
  • San Francisco Summer OF Love Begins

    San Francisco Summer OF Love Begins
    The Summer of Love began on January 14, 1967, when some 30,000 people gathered in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. They came to take part in counterculture poet Allen Ginsberg and writer Gary Synder's "Human Be-In" initiative, part of the duo's call for a collective expansion of consciousness.
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    The Tet Offensive, or officially called The General Offensive and Uprising of Tet Mau Than 1968 by North Vietnam and the Viet Cong, was one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War, launched
  • Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated

    Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated
    Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968
  • Russians Send First Man Into Space

    Russians Send First Man Into Space
    Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968) was a Soviet Air Forces pilot and cosmonaut who became the first human to journey into outer space, achieving a major milestone in the Space Race; his capsule Vostok 1 completed one orbit of Earth on 12 April 1961.
  • Robert Kennedy Is Assassinated

    Robert Kennedy Is Assassinated
    Robert Francis Kennedy was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 64th United States Attorney General from January 1961 to September 1964, and as a U.S. Senator from New York from January 1965 until his assassination in June 1968.
  • Protests At The 1968 DNC

    Protests At The 1968 DNC
    Protest activity against the Vietnam War took place prior to and during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. In 1967, counterculture and anti-Vietnam War protest groups had been promising to come to Chicago and disrupt the convention, and the city promised to maintain law and order.
  • Richard Nixon is Elected

    Richard Nixon is Elected
    Richard Milhous Nixon was an American politician who served as the 37th president of the United States from 1969 until 1974.
  • LSD Declared Illegal By US Government

    LSD Declared Illegal By US Government
    1950s and 1960s, before LSD was deemed too unpredictable to use in the field. ... At the time, neither of these substances were illegal in the United States.
  • Stonewall Riots

    Stonewall Riots
    The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.
  • American Astronauts Land on the moon

    American Astronauts Land on the moon
    Apollo 11 blasted off on July 16, 1969. Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins were the astronauts on Apollo 11. Four days later, Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon. They landed on the moon in the Lunar Module.
  • Manson Family Murders Sharon Tate

    Manson Family Murders Sharon Tate
    The Tate–LaBianca murders were perpetrated by members of the Charles Manson "Family" in Los Angeles, California. They murdered five people on August 8–9, 1969, and two more the following evening.
  • Woodstock Concert

    Woodstock Concert
    Woodstock was a music festival held August 15–18, 1969, on Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York, 40 miles southwest of Woodstock. Billed as "an Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music" and alternatively referred to as the Bethel Rock Festival, it attracted an audience of more than 400,000.
  • Rolling Stones Host The Altamont Music Festival

    Rolling Stones Host The Altamont  Music Festival
    The Altamont Speedway Free Festival was a counterculture rock concert held on Saturday, ... During the Rolling Stones' 1969 U.S. tour, many (including journalists) felt that the ticket prices were far too high. .... Stefan Ponek, who hosted a December 7, 1969