Top 10 Events of the 1960s

Timeline created by summer1851
  • FDA Approves the Birth Control Pill

    The FDA approved the Birth Control pill, which helped give woman the opportunity to pursue high education without fear of an unplanned pregnancy. It helped woman push through social norms from back then and help strive to getting closer to having equality with men.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    With the USSR putting nuclear weapons in Cuba (only 90 miles from Florida), the United States acted cautiously, by forming a blockade around Cuba. It ended when the USSR and the United States agreed to remove Nuclear weapons from Turkey, and the USSR did the same for Cuba.
  • JFK Assassination

    President John F. Kennedy seemed to be the perfect president to run the United States through the 60s, but was unfortunately shot by Lee Harvey Oswald. Kennedy's death shocked the country and led to an instability within the United States.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964

    The Civil Rights movement by this point in time had been in full effect from people preaching for equal rights all over the country, and the Civil Rights Act proved that the people's message was heard, eliminating segregation and biased voting requirements. This helped put us on a path (that we are still on) to have equality for people of all skin color.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    In 1964, a US Destroyer was engaged by North Vietnamese naval units. Although the loss itself was not as large as others, this sparked the resolution Congress passed, allow the United States to fight within Vietnam, stating, "to take all necessary measures to repeal any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent any further aggression.”
  • Death of Malcolm X (Death of Civil Rights Leaders)

    The death of the Civil Rights Activist Malcolm X sparked a large controversy for fighting for equal right, but ended helped push Americans to strive for more equality between races.
  • The Tet Offensive

    On a holiday treaty, North Vietnam decided to surprise attack South Vietnam's capital, Saigon. Although the attacks were repelled, this proved the war was not easy, as troop morale and american support hastily died. The negative support helped lead President Johnson to avoid re-election, and the United States suffered a loss.
  • Death of Martin Luther King Jr. (Death of Civil Rights Leaders)

    The assassination of the pastor helped reignite the Civil Rights movement once again, trying to point out the hatred and inequality between and white people, and the rest of the world.
  • 1968 Democratic Nation Convention

    The 1968 DNC was a heated topic when discussing politics. The purpose of the convention was to decide the new Democratic president elect, as Lyndon B. Johnson stated he would not be running for re-election. Unfortunately, Anti-war protesters that came to protest the war, had been brutally attacked by policeman. This convention goes down in history as a terrible day for the democratic party.
  • Apollo 11 Landed on the Moon

    Apollo 11 landing on the moon helped kick start the end of the space race between the United States and USSR. The space race was a race to see who could get a man on the moon first, showcasing who had better science and technology, the Communism? or Democracy. The United States ended up putting someone on the moon first, and thus started the decline of the space race.
  • Woodstock

    Woodstock was a music festival in Upstate New York during 1969, which helped promote communal living, loving one another, and open drug use (such as marijuana). The festival bonded everyone together by having top musicians of the time play their innovative rock and soul music. Woodstock has helped promote an environment dedicated to being open to all, with no shame or judgement.