70 million post-war "Baby Boomers" come of age,
and an estimated 850,000 enter college.
1962, Alan Shepard is the first American in space.
His flight lasts 15 minutes.
In 1969, Neal Armstong is the first man to walk on the moon's surface.
|In 1963, 200,000 people march on Washington, DC. It is the largest non-violent demonstration ever held to support civil rights.|
Then, in 1965, five days of racial rioting in Los Angeles claim 34 lives and injure another 1,000. Property damage is estimated at $40 million, and 4,000 people are arrested.
The U.S. Supreme Court rules that state-sponsored prayer in schools is unconstitutional.
When President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas,
a nation mourns. The assassination shocks the world.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy
are assassinated in 1968.
The Hippie movement is underway.
Religous cults are prevalent as the hippie culture expands.
Living in communes and practicing "free love" they reject tratitional lifestyles.
They seek inner enlightenment through the use of transcendental meditation
and mind altering drugs like marijuana & LSD.
The first heart transplant is performed in 1967.
The patient survives for 18 days.
With the US commitment in Vietnam growing, so does the anti-war opposition. By 1967, large-scale protests are held in New York, San Francisco and other cities. Draft dodgers flee to Canada while others simply burn their draft cards in protest.
MAKE LOVE NOT WAR
The British InvasionBritish rock stars take America by storm. Within 2 months of their first televised appearance, the Beatles hold the top five spots on the music charts.
Perma Press Fabric
Nike Running Shoes
Go Go Boots
Held on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York, the
Woodstock Music & Arts Festival
represents the counterculture and high point of the "hippie era."
Expecting 10-20,000 - over 400,000 attend.
Kingwood College Library, 20th Century Cultural History, 1960-1969.
Guardian Unlimited, Draft-dodging in the US now socially acceptable.
Hippie, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Web Generation, 1960's Music, Fads, Entertainment.
20th Century Inventions 1951-1975, About:Inventors.