The Good Ol' 1960's

  • Kennedy and Nixon Debate

    Kennedy and Nixon Debate
    The first live televised debate was broadcasted featuring Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy
  • John F. Kennedy in office

    John F. Kennedy in office
    John F. Kennedy was inducted into office without a strong mandate, but because of his youth, he instilled a sense of hope for Americans.
  • The Alliance for Progress

    The Alliance for Progress
    The Alliance of Progress was established to support central, northern, and southern America in poverty. This was one of the first groups, along with the Peace Corps, to originate activism in the United States
  • The Bay of Pigs Invasion

    The Bay of Pigs Invasion
    The United States made plans to liberate Cuba and overthrow the Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro. Several factors rendered the invasion a failure, and when Kennedy was advised to use American troops, he refused. The United States lost a great amount of prestige and faced anger from neighboring countries.
  • The Freedom Rides

    The Freedom Rides
    The first freedom ride departed from Washington D.C. as a protest to see if southern whites would allow African Americans to exercise their rights.
  • Berlin Crisis

    Berlin Crisis
    The Berline wall was constructed to separate communist Berlin from the section of Berlin controlled by Allies.
  • Peace Corps

    Peace Corps
    The Peace Corps was officially established, which allowed American citizens to work abroad and help establish countries in poverty.
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis

    The Cuban Missile Crisis
    An American spy plane took pictures that revealed Cuba constructing missiles bases near the coast of Florida. This posed a serious threat towards the United States, and raied the risk of nuclear war. The missile crisis was eventually negotiated on the condition that the U.S. would also remove missiles from Turkey.
  • Desegregation of Birmingham

    Desegregation of Birmingham
    The desegregation of public facilities occured after many disasters over nonviolent protests by African Americans.
  • March On Washington

    March On Washington
    Over 200,000 US citizens gathered at Washington D.C. to raise awareness for Kennedy's civil rights bill.
  • Kennedy Assassination

    Kennedy Assassination
    At around 12 PM central, President John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas to rally support for his reelection. How the assassination was carried out and who initiated it is still debated today.
  • Johnson in office.

    Johnson in office.
    Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn into office 2 hours and eight minutes after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
  • The Warren Commission

    The Warren Commission
    The Warren Commission was formed to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The commission was named after supreme court chairmen Chief Justice Earl Warren.
  • Japanese American Citizen's League

    Japanese American Citizen's League
    The Japanese American Citizen's league joins the civil rights movement
  • The Great Society

    The Great Society
    The Great Society was a set of Domestic policies Lyndon Johnson set to withold during his presidency. This included poverty relief, healthcare aid, civil rights, etc.
  • Civil Rights Bill of 1964

    Civil Rights Bill of 1964
    The Civil Rights act of 1964 was passed, which ended unequal voting registration and desgregated public schools.
  • Economic Opportunity Act

    Economic Opportunity Act
    The Economic Opportunity act was established by Lyndon Johnson to combat the causes of poverty and illiteracy. The act. established community efforts that gave people in poverty opportunities such as education and work.
  • Selma March

    Selma March
    In Selma, Alabama, police began to arrest citizens waiting in line for voter registration. To raise awareness of this issue, Martin Luther King Jr. lead a march from Selma, to Montgomery, the state capital.
  • Escalation

    The war began to escalate shortly after Johnson had been elected. Nearly 3,500 troops were sent to South Vietnam for military aide.
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

    Voting Rights Act of 1965
    In reaction to the Selma Marches, President Johnson presented a new bill which allowed African Americans to register where officials were preventing registration.
  • NOW

    The National Organization for Woman was founded to pressure the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to take Woman's rights more seriously. They attacked the false imagery of women and fought against discrimination.
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    The Tet Offensive was a military campaign launched by the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong to launch surprise attacks against the Republic of South Vietnam and the U.S.. This was a major turning point for the war as many soldiers were slain.
  • My Lai Massacre

    My Lai Massacre
    As the Tet Offensive progressed, many U.S. soldiers began to make irrational decisions. The massacre at My Lai is big example of these wrongdoings. U.S. soldiers moved in to clear out the village of My Lai, which sheltered only 250 Viet Cong troops, but also innocent civilians.
  • Saturation Bombing

    Saturation Bombing
    The U.S. decides to make the tactical decision to bomb certain parts of Vietnam to North Vietnam troops and Viet Cong back. The bombings went on for several years.
  • The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
    Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution under Johnson's presidency. This allowed Johnson to make any strategy in Vietnam without a declaration of war from congress.
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    The first Woodstock festival was held in Bethel, New York. The event was held to not only appreciate music, but it also instilled a sense of fellowship and peace among others.
  • Altamont

    The Altamont concert was similar to Woodstock, which featured free entertainment and a place of fellowship. About 300,000 people attended the concert. The biker gang Hell's Angels was hired as security due to not being able to find adequate security, Riots soon began to break out due to the violence of the gang.