Thursday, May 24, 2007


The title came out of nowhere.

I should have been born earlier. Really. I think the sixties. What did they have in the sixties? Nothing. Maybe drugs(not an incentive). Some cute clothes. Johnny the hot dance instructor. Hee.

I'm really tired, and I don't know if I'll be able to sleep.

It's like I'm in a hole, and I can't get myself out. Why is that? I don't even know if I'll be able to sleep. I'm so out of it.

1 comment:

i r joepoe said...

Highlights of the sixties:

My dad begins his teenagerhood.
U.S. blacks begin "sit-in" on February 1 at Greensboro, N.C., at lunch counters. The city desegregates eating places July 25. This was a major conflict during the 1960s.
Fidel Castro signs an agreement at with the first Soviet deputy premier Anastas I in Havana on February 13. The Soviet bring 5 million tons of Cuban sugar and provided $100 million in Soviet credit. Khrushchev says that Soviet rockets will be used to protect Cuba from the U.S. military intervention.
On May 1 the Soviet Union shoot down U.S. U-2 spy plane flown by Gary Powers.
The 23rd Amendment is proposed on June 16, it grants the right to vote to the citizens of the District of Columbia.
Enovid 10 is introduced in August by G. D. Searle, it was the first commercially available oral contraceptive (birth control pill).
Echo I, launched by the United States August 12, is the world’s first communications satellite.
In September, Cassius Clay, Jr., won the Olympic Gold Medal for Boxing at the Summer Olympics in Rome.
Wilma Rudolph won Olympic Gold in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, and she was also the last leg (anchor) on the winning relay team. Rudolph became the 1st American woman to win three medals in track.
On September 26, 75 million Americans watch the Presidential debate on TV. Senator Kennedy has an edge that enables him to defeat Vice President Nixon.
The Andy Griffith Show debuts on October 3.
On October 13, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the New York Yankees 4 games to 3 in the World Series.
John F. Kennedy, becomes the 43 President, by beating Vice President Nixon. He was the first Roman Catholic president to be elected. Nixon gets 219 to Kennedy’s 303 electoral votes in November 8.
South Vietnam’s President Ngo Dinh Diem regains power November 12. Dissident groups collectively called the Vietcong (Vietnamese Communists), meet secretly December 20 and organize the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam.
Domino's Pizza opens at Detroit.
Convicted kidnapper-rapist Caryl Chessman dies in the gas chamber at San Quentin May 2 at the age 38 after nine stays of execution since he was sent to Death Row July 3, 1948.
Floyd Patterson regains the world heavyweight boxing championship on June 20 by knocking out Sweden’s Ingemar Johansson in the fifth round.
Popular songs "The Twist" by Hank Ballard is recorded by Ernest "Chubby Checker" Evans, and launches an international dance craze.
Around 2,000 electronic computers are delivered to U.S. business offices, universities, laboratories, and other buyers. The figure will more than double in the next 4 years and debate will rage as to whether computers wipe out jobs or create new ones.
Polariod has a new high-speed film with an ASA rating of 3,000 - 10 times faster than the average speed of previous Polaroid films they ever had.
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC-known as Snick), a group of young people working for civil rights, is founded in Raleigh, North Carolina. It originally has blacks and whites as members.
In January the State Department begins work on establishing the U.S. Peace Corps.
On January 20, John F. Kennedy is inaugurated in to presidency of the United States.
On March 9 the Dalai Lama appeals to the United Nations to restore the independence of Tibet.
On March 21 the Beatles make their British debut at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba by the United States occurs on April 17.
Freedom riders begin a civil rights demonstration at Birmingham on May 4.
On May 5 Alan Shepard became the first America in space. The Freedom 7 spacecraft leaves the earth's atmosphere.
The Berlin Wall is built from August 15-17.
Adolf Eichman is tried in Israel and found guilty of crimes against the Jewish people during the Holocaust of World War II. He is executed on May 31, 1962.
August 18 - August 20 The U.S. Navy and the U.S. Environmental Sciences Service Administration initiate Project Stormfury, an attempt to modify hurricanes through seeding, by heavily seeding Hurricane Debbie with silver iodide. Wind speeds drop
September 6 singer Bob Dylan makes his debut at the Gaslight Café in Greenwich Village, New York, New York, appearing with blues musician John Lee Hooker.
On October 1, Roger Maris breaks Babe Ruth's single season home run record.
In an October speech about the state of U.S. civil defenses, President John F. Kennedy urges U.S. families to build atomic fallout shelters. The U.S. Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization publishes The Family Fallout Shelter, showing Americans how to build a fallout shelter in care of a nuclear war.
November 6 - November 9 a fire sweeps through Bel Air in Los Angeles, California, destroying more than 400 homes.
IBM introduces the Selectric typewriter.
The worldwide chain of McDonald's is started by Ray Kroc.
Coca-Cola Company introduces Sprite.
302 babies born in West Germany are deformed because of Phocomelia, a disease caused by the tranquilizer drug thalidomide taken by their mothers when they were pregnant.
Coffee-Mate is introduced.
Green Giant begins selling frozen vegetables in butter sauce in ready to boil pouches.
The Twenty-Third Amendment passes giving Washing D.C. representation in congress.
Acetaminophen tablets gain FDA approval in July as an alternative to aspirin.
George Devol and U.S. businessman Joseph Engelberger develop the first true robot, a programmable manipulator called “Programmed Article Transfer.” Installed at General Motors by their company Unimation, it is used to unload parts from a die-casting operation.
The Minute Man intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is first launched. It uses a solid rocket fuel instead of liquid, making for a quicker response time. It is launched from underground concrete silos for maximum defense.
The U.S. firm Eastman Kodak introduces Kodachrome II color film, which is 2.5 times faster than Kodachrome.
The World Wildlife Fund is established to promote conservation.
The northwest United States experiences the worst drought in U.S. history.
Johnson & Johnson introduces acetaminophen tablets as an alternative to aspirin; they market them as Tylenol.
U.S. neurosurgeon Irving Cooper first uses cryosurgery to remove brain tumors. Cryogenic surgery is also first used to help patients with Parkinson's disease.
The twist dance craze takes off in the United States, inspired by the Chubby Checker song "The Twist."
The British pop singer Billy Fury releases the single “Halfway to Paradise.”
Bobby Vee releases the single “Poetry in Motion.”
Ben E. King releases the single “Stand By Me.”
The Marvelettes' single “Please Mr. Postman” becomes the first chart number one from the Motown record label.
The Shirelles release the single “Mama Said.”
The Beach Boys, formerly known as the Pendletones, Kenny and the Cadets, and Carl and the Passions, release their first single, “Surfin'.”
Bobby Lewis releases the single “Tossin' and Turnin.”
Artist Roy Lichtenstein paints Popeye.
The 23rd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution becomes law. It gives Washington, D.C. residents the right to vote in presidential elections.
Julia Child publishes Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
On January 1, the hit movie, The Manchurian Candidate, starring Frank Sinatra, Janet Leigh, Laurence Harvey, and Angela Lansbury is released.
The Soviets exchanged spy pilot Gary Powers on February 10, for their own spy, Col. Rudolf Abel who had been with the U.S. since 1957.
On February 14 Jacqueline Kennedy gives a televised tour of the renovated White House.
American astronaut, John Glenn, becomes the first American to orbit the earth, on February 20. He makes three orbits in Mercury capsule Friendship 7.
On March 2, Hall of Famer, Wilt Chamberlain breaks his own single-game NBA record, scoring 100 points against the New York Knicks.
On March 26, Cincinnati defeats Ohio State in the NCAA Basketball Championship.
For the fourth successive year, the Boston Celtics win the NBA Championship over the Los Angeles Lakers in a four to three series fought from April 7 to April 18.
U.S. spacecraft, Ranger 4 becomes the first spaceship to touch the moon on April 26
Sam Moore Walton opens the first Wal-Mart on July 2 at Rogers, Arkansas. There will be 1500 stores by 1990 and a year later, its sales will exceed those of Sears.
On August 5, Marilyn Monroe dies from an overdose of sleeping pills, at the age of 36.
ABC color telecasts for 3½ hours a week beginning in September, 68 percent of NBC prime evening time was already in color.
Although President Kennedy appealed to the Southern people on TV, race riots still broke out on September 30 at the University of Mississippi's campus. The reason? 29-year-old black student and Air Force veteran James Meredith was trying to enter--allowed by the Supreme Court. Ultimately, on October 1, US Marshals accompany him and federal troops stand guard as he enters then lives on the "Ole Miss" campus for 10 more months with constant federal guard.
On October 16 the New York Yankees defeat the San Francisco Giants in a seven game series to win the World Series for the nineteenth time in franchise history.
On October 22, the Cuban Missile Crisis begins. President John F. Kennedy declares that the USSR has put missile bases in Cuba, and calls for a blockade of the island
On October 28, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announces that he has withdrawn nuclear missiles from Cuba. President Kennedy promises that the U.S. will not invade Cuba.
32-year-old Cesar Chavez forms the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA, now UFW--United Farm Workers), to represent stoop-labor in the Coachella, Imperial, and San Joaquin Valleys in California.
K Mart opens; by 1977 only Sears exceeds its sales (it becomes third to Wal-Mart by the 1980s).
After begin found guilty after trying to desegregate a bus in Louisiana, six Freedom Riders are pardoned by the Supreme Court.
Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru fires defense minister Krishna Menon and takes over his duties on October 31, after a Chinese attack on the Indian border.
Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt dies on November 7 in New York, New York.
The theater version of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is released on Christmas Day. It stars Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch.
The Nobel Prize for Literature is given to John Steinbeck.
The 24th Amendment is approved by Congress, allowing all citizens to vote without restrictions of any kind, including but not limited to poll taxes, and discrimination laws.
Andy Warhol paints the famous 100 Cans for Campbell's Beef Noodle Soup, along with Green Coca-Cola Bottles.
James and the Giant Peach is published Roald Dahl.
The Mets and the Houston Colt '45, now the Astros, begin their first respective seasons. The Mets take the place of the Brooklyn Dodgers that were displaced to California in 1958.
The first successful measles vaccine was produced by John F. Enders, but was not released until 1966.
The Music Man, starring Robert Preston and Shirley Jones, with music and lyrics by Meredith Jones, became a popular Hollywood musical.
Dallas salesman, Henry Ross Perot, founded Electronic Data Systems, a data processing firm that made him a billionaire.
Philip Morris introduced a new PR ploy called "Marlboro Country," pushing Marlboro to be the leading cigarette brand worldwide.
During his January 14 Inaugural Address Alabama Governor George Wallace vows that he would uphold "segregation now . . .segregation tomorrow . . . segregation forever."
"Martin Luther King, Jr., went to jail for leading demonstrations in Birmingham on April 12.
Pope John XXIII dies June 3 at age 81 after a 5-year papacy.
Governor George Wallace of Alabama made his "stand in the schoolhouse door" President Kennedy federalized Alabama National Guard on June 11. This forced Governor Wallace to let two black students enroll at the University of Alabama.
Medgar Evers, an American civil rights worker in Mississippi, was killed in the doorway of his home on June 12 by a sniper.
On June 16 Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to orbit the earth.
The Supreme Court rules that prayer in public schools was unconstitutional on June 17.
"Ich bin ein Berliner" These were the words of John F. Kennedy at a speech in West Berlin on June 26.
A British train is robbed on August 8 of $7 million. A team of robbers stops a train near London.
"I have a dream," says Martin Luther King, Jr., in a ceremony August 28 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. "I have a dream that one day, on the red hills of Georgia, sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood."
On October 6 the Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series by defeating the New York Yankees 4 games to 0.
Buses replace trolley cars in Baltimore, where electric trolleys were first introduced just 88 years and 84 days earlier. trolleys on November 4.
AT&T introduces transistorized electronic touch-tone telephones on November 18 in Pennsylvania.
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22 shocks the nation. Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as president aboard Air Force One at Love Field in Dallas, Texas.
Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald (accused assassin of John F. Kennedy), to death November 24 in the basement of the Dallas city jail as police are moving him to safer quarters, and millions watch the shooting on television.
New Hampshire conducts the first state lottery - a sweepstakes to raise money for state education.
A nuclear reactor installed by Jersey Central Power and Light is the first commercial reactor and the first nuclear power plant large enough to compete with coal and oil fuel.
The Beatles have their first big success with a recording of "I Want to Hold Your Hand." Their long hair and music is very popular.
Some popular songs are "Flymetothemoon" by New York songwriter Bart Howard, "Blame It on the Bossa Nova" by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil; "In Dreams," "Falling," and "Blue Bayou" by Roy Orbison.
New York renames the Idlewild Airport to John F. Kennedy Airport.
Weight Watchers is founded by Queens, N.Y.
The Coca Cola Company introduces Tab.
A vaccine against measles was developed.
Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique.
The post office introduced the Zip Codes.
The first disco opens, Whisky A-Go-Go on January 11.
The 1964 Winter Olympics take place in Innsbruck, Austria. Opening ceremonies are held on January 29.
The Beatles arrive on their first visit to the USA on February 7. They appear on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Gulf of Tonkin incident between US and North Vietnam occurred on February 7.
The U.S. boxer Cassius Clay defeats Sonny Liston to win the heavyweight boxing title on February 25. Then, he changes his name to Muhammad Ali.
In March a jury in Dallas, Texas, sentences Jack Ruby to death after convicting him of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of John F. Kennedy.
The UCLA Bruins beat Duke in the NCAA Championship, 98-83 on March 21.
The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Wings, 4 games to 3 games in the Stanley Cup finals on April 11 – April 25.
Douglas MacArthur, the U.S. general who commanded forces in the South Pacific during World War II and in the Korean War dies in Washington, D.C. on April 5.
The worst earthquake felt anywhere in the world since 1960 rocks Alaska March 28. The quake measures 9.2 on the Richter scale , it creates a seismic "tidal" wave (tsunami) in the southwest part of the state, and the 220-foot high wave is the largest such wave ever recorded.
The New York’s World Fair opens to disappointing crowds amid controversy caused by, among other things, a threat by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) to impede the opening ceremonies in protest at the city's failure to combat racial discrimination. This event happened between April 22 to October 18.
On April 22 the 1964 World's Fair opens in Flushing Meadows, Queens and has a two year run.
Mississippi Freedom Summer The bodies of three Civil Rights workers killed by white supremacists are discovered on August 8, in Philadelphia, Mississippi. James E. Chaney, Michael H. Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman, have been missing since June 21.
On July 2 the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is approved. It bans discrimination based on race, sex, religion or national origin in employment and in public places is signed into law July 2.
On July 3 Lester Maddox closes his Pickrick Restaurant rather than submit to federal government orders that he serve blacks as well as whites. He will later become the Governor of Georgia.
On July 18 race riots break out in Harlem. The problem will grow as Philadelphia has race riots later that summer.
The U.S. spacecraft Ranger 7, is launched from Cape Kennedy on July 28.
The Medicare Act signed by President Johnson July 30 at Independence, Mo., sets up the first government-operated health insurance program for Americans age 65 and over.
Congress approves the Tonkin Gulf Resolution on August 7, authorizing President Johnson to "take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression." The resolution is approved 88 to 2 in the Senate and 416 to 0 in the House of Representatives.
The first Nimbus 1 satellite is launched into a polar orbit on August 28. It replaces the U.S. TIROS satellites.
U.S. Food Stamp Program is reactivated on a broad scale on August 31 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help feed needy Americans.
On September 14 Kellogg introduces Pop Tarts toaster pastries.
On September 27, the Warren Commission Report finds that no conspiracy is involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy and that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
A Free Speech Movement begins at the University of California at Berkeley around October 1. This marks the beginning of a long period of U.S. campus unrest that becomes the antiwar movement.
A Soviet coup d'etat on October 13 strips Nikita Khrushchev of all power. Leonid Brezhnev becames party leader, Aleksei Kosygin, becomes premier October 14.
Martin Luther King wins the Nobel Peace Prize on October 14.
St. Louis Cardinals top the New York Yankees in seven games to win the World Series on October 15. St. Louis pitcher Bob Gibson was the MVP.
President Lyndon Baines Johnson wins re-election in November with the largest popular vote in U.S. history, receiving 61 percent of the popular vote.
The St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Yankees in 7 games to win the World Series on October 7 – October 15.
Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States dies in New York, New York. He died on October 20.
First Ford Mustang is made on December 8th.
The army action figure, G.I. Joe, first comes out in stores.
The United States launches Mariner 4.
Methadone becomes a rehabilitation treatment for heroin addicts.
Maurice Sendak receives the Caldecott Medal for his children's book, Where the Wild Things Are.
Lucky Charms breakfast food is introduced by General Mills, it is 50.4 percent sugar.
Canyonlands National Park is created by an act of Congress.
Elvis Presley releases his new song, “Blue Christmas.”
The U.S. boxer Sugar Ray Robinson retires with 5 time world champion and 174 victories.
China tests its first atomic bomb.
The U.S. Air Force introduces the F- 111 Fighter Jet.
The 1964 Summer Olympics take place in Tokyo. It marks the first appearance of a women's team sport, Volleyball.
Lucky Charms breakfast food is introduced by General Mills, it is 50.4 percent sugar.
President Lyndon B. Johnson declares his "war on poverty” and pledges to achieve “total victory."
T.S. Eliot dies in London on January 4 after a successful life writing poetry and plays.
On January 7, Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as the 36th president of the United States. In his inaugural address Johnson told us "more is required" to "advance the purpose of a nation." his social programs became known as The Great Society.
British leader and U.S. ally during World War II, Winston Churchill dies on January 24.
The Operation Rolling Thunder, designed to break the will of the North Vietnamese, begins on February 8
On February 18, U.S. officers arrest four Cuban terrorists who are planning to blow up the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, and the Washington Monument.
Malcolm X, a black civil rights leader, is shot in New York City on February 21.
On March 7, “Bloody Sunday” needs to be broken up by police with violent means.
U.S. astronauts Virgil Grissom and John Young go into space in the Gemini 3 which is the first U.S. space mission with two crew members on March 23.
On April 11, tornadoes destroy parts of Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio with 271 people dead, 5,000 injured, and $300 million worth of property is ruined.
On April 19 New York radio station 1010 WINS begins broadcasting as the first all news radio program, and soon after other radio stations follow.
On May 25 Muhammad Ali beats Sonny Liston in the first minute of the first round of a heavyweight championship fight in Lewiston, Maine.
The B-52 bomber is used for the first time in Vietnam in early June.
From June 3 – June 7, NASA sends astronaut Edward White who is the first U.S. person to walk in space on the Gemini 4.
President Johnson increases the number of troops in Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000 in July.
Federal examiners are reregistering black voters, and the Voting Right Acts become a law on August 10.
On August 11 violence erupts in what is later called the Watts Riots. Thousands join in as blacks burn and destroy and approximate area of 500 square blocks of downtown Los Angeles. 40 million dollars worth of property is destroyed. Many people are killed, the majority of them are black, the national guards show up and many thousands arrest are made, many businesses are also destroyed.
The longest space flight is taken by the Gemini 5. It does 120 orbits in 8 days, from August 21 - August 29.
On the September 6 edition, the San Francisco Examiner says that a ‘hippie movement’ has begun by observing that Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco has become a hippie hangout.
Hurricane Betsy is one of the worst hurricanes on September 4, 1965 hitting Florida and many other states leaving twenty-three dead in fifteen days.
Pope Paul VI has a mass in Yankee Stadium on October 4.
On October 14, The Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series by defeating the Minnesota Twins 4 games to 3.
There is a 13 hour blackout in the northwest U.S. and Canada on November 9. 30 million people were affected.
On December 16, Pioneer 6 is launched. It's mission is to learn information about solar winds and cosmic rays.
Lady Bird Johnson pushes for approval by congress of the Highway Beautification Act to remove billboards from U.S. highways.
Radio show Amos n' Andy moves to TV.
The Vivian Beaumont theatre is opened at Lincoln Center. It is a very large theatre holding more than 1000 people.
Diet Pepsi is introduced.
Cranapple fruit juice is new from Ocean Spray.
The band Grateful Dead is founded.
The Sound of Music is released. It is the best play since Gone with the Wind.
The Temptations release “My Girl.”
The Rolling Stones release “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”
The Supremes release “Stop! In the Name of Love.”
Sandy Koufax pitches his eighth perfect, no hitter game.
The companies of Pepsi and Fritos combine forming Pepsico.
The Blue Whales become endangered with a population of only 2,000.
Miniskirts are first sold in Mary Quant’s boutique in London. They are cheap and quickly become popular.
Britain decides to use metric measurements.
On January 8, U.S. surgeon Richard Carlton Lillehei performs the first pancreas transplant.
On January 8, a U.S. military offensive opens in the Vietcong-dominated Mekong Delta region of South Vietnam.
On January 11, The Indian prime minister Lal Bahandra Shastri dies, and is succeeded by Indira Gandhi on January 19.

On January 12- March 14, Batman, a children's series about Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson who have double lives as superheroes fighting crime in Gotham City, appears on U.S. television. It stars Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin.

On February 20, Chester W. Nimitz, U.S. commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet and all land and sea forces in the area during World War II, dies near San Francisco, California.
On March 1, Soviet probe Venera 3 (launched November 16, 1965) crash-lands on Venus, the first artificial object to land on another planet.

On March 19, Texas Western defeated The University of Kentucky in the NCAA Basketball National Championship. No one knew about this small university but by March 19, everyone did. They had been victorius over teams such as Kansas to get to the championship. It was truly a Cinderella Story season, spark plugged by Western's amazing and inspiring coach named Don Haskins.

On April 28, the Boston Celtics win their eighth successive U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA) title. Their coach, Red Auerbach, retires to be replaced by Bill Russell (as player/coach), who becomes the first ever black American head coach.

On June 8, the mounting rivalry between the American Football League and the National Football League in the United States is ended when the two bodies agree to merge. The merger will not be fully effective until 1970, but from 1967 a common draft of college players will take place and a Super Bowl game between the champions of each league will be inaugurated.

On August 1, the student Charles Whitman locks himself in a tower on the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas, and fatally shoots 13 students and wounds 31 others before police snipers kill him.

On August 8, Heart surgeon Michael De Bakey installs the first artificial heart pump, a left ventricle bypass, into a patient at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. The pump remains in operation for ten days.

On August 31, British Aerospace's Harrier, a vertical take off and landing (VTOL) jet, makes its first test flight.

On September 8, Star-trek premiered on NBC in 1966. It was a dominant science fiction television series.
On September 17, Mission: Impossible an adventure series about an elite U.S. government spy agency, appears on U.S. television. Steven Hill (later Peter Graves), Martin Landau, Peter Lupus, Barbara Bain, and Greg Morris star.

On December 1, Walt Disney, U.S. motion-picture producer and creator of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and other characters and Disney Land, dies in Los Angeles, California

The hallucinogenic drug LSD is declared illegal in the United States.
India is hit by the worst famine in 20 years and has to import 8 million tons of wheat from the United States.
Chevrolet starts selling Cameros for less than $2,500 in the U.S.
On January 15, the Green Bay Packers of the N.F.L. beat the Kansas City Chiefs of the A.F.L. in Super Bowl I, held in L.A!
On February 2, L.B.J. offers to halt the bombing of North Vietnam if the North Vietnamese stop infiltrating South Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh, the North Vietnam leader, refuses the offer.
Anti-war expressions on April 15 in New York and San Francisco bring more of 100,000 in New York, 50,000 in San Francisco.
On April 25 Muhammad Ali is arrested for refusing to be into the Army. The World Boxing Association strips him of his world heavyweight title on April 28.
On May 14 Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees hits his five-hundredth home run in league competition.
On May 25, UCLA, coached by John Wooden, wins the first of seven consecutive National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) national basketball championships.
On June 2, the Beatles Album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which is thought to be the most influential and original rock album of all time, makes it debut today.
Israel's population toped 3.5 million with some 2.4 million Jews and more than 1 million Arabs as the Six Day War (June 5-10) expanded Israeli territory.
Also in July, U.S. runner Jim Ryun sets a new 1,500-meters world record of 3 minutes 33.1 seconds, an improvement of 2.5 seconds on the existing record set by the Australian runner Herb Elliott in 1960.
The Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, California, June 16, 17 and 18 is the first large rock music gathering.
On July 23, a race riot erupts in Newark, New Jersey after the police beat a black man who was stopped for a traffic violation. The National Guard is called in to restore order, 26 people die, 1,300 are injured, and millions of dollars worth of property is destroyed.
July – September U.S. tennis player Billie Jean King emulates fellow U.S. player Alice Marble's 1939 achievement of winning the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles at both the U.S. and Wimbledon tennis championships in the same year
Thurmond Marshall becomes the first African American appointed to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. He was appointed by President Johnson and was sworn in on October 2.
The St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Boston Red Sox by four games to three to win the World Series on October 12. The curse lives on in the hearts and minds of Red Sox fans everywhere.
The Public Broadcasting Act is signed into law by President Johnson November 7 creates a Corporation for Public Broadcasting to broaden the scope of noncommercial radio and TV beyond its educational role.
Rolling Stone magazine begins publication in November.
South African surgeon, Christian Barnard, performs the world’s first heart transplant December 3.
Summer of Love in San Francisco. 300,000 "flower children" are in the Height-Asbury district.
Bonnie & Clyde and The Graduate are hits at the box office.
The first compact microwave oven for U.S. home use is introduced by “Amana” Refrigeration.
The game Battleship is introduced.
Broadway and off-Broadway musical Charlie Brown debuts.
U.S. bombers pound targets around Hanoi.
Smoking-withdrawal clinics show up across the country but Americans buy 572.6 billion cigarettes, 210 packs per adult.
Chicago’s John Hancock Center goes up. It is 1,107 feet tall, the skyscraper is second in highest to New York’s Empire State Building.
President Johnson delivered his State of the Union address on January 17.
On January 23 the USS Pueblo accidentally strays into North Korean waters. The USS Pueblo is seized by the North Koreans and 83 U.S. crewmen are captured and held until December 23.
Tet Offensive is initiated in South Vietnamese cities by the Vietcong from January 30 to February 29.
Due to protests at a local bowling alley that excluded blacks, a four day riot began at South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, South Carolina on February 5. It ended with three students being shot.
From February 6 to February 18, the X Winter Olympics take place in Grenoble, France. Jean-Claude Killy makes a name for himself on the slopes and sex tests for women are first introduced.
On March 13 oil is discovered at Prudhoe Bay on Alaska’s North Slope, the new reserve proves to be the largest north of the Mexican border.
Under the direction of Lt. William Calley, U.S. soldiers brutally destroy the South Vietnamese village of My Lai on March 16. It would come to be know as the Mai Lai Massacre and causes many Americans to go against the war.
Joe Frazier wins the world heavyweight boxing crown March 24 by knocking out Buster Mathis in the eleventh round of a title bout in New York.
On March 27 the first person to fly in space, Yuri Gagarin, is dead near Moscow, Russia at the age of 34.
After mentioning a halt on North Vietnam bombing, President Lyndon B. Johnson reports he will begin peace talks. LBJ also announces on television on March 31 that he will not seek reelection.
Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights activist, is assassinated on April 4, in Memphis, Tennessee. MLK is assassinated as he steps onto his balcony at a Memphis, Tennessee motel room. As a result of his death race riots are erupting in several cities around the world. After his assassination, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley instructs city police force to shoot to kill after looting stirs up in the city.
The end of racial discrimination is passed by congress in the Civil Rights Act of 1968 on April 11.
From April 23 through April 30, students stage a take-over of buildings at Columbia University in New York City.
Frederick West has the first heart transplant done on him, on May 3, in the National Heart Hospital in London.
Helen Keller, a lady famous for her achievements despite being handicapped, is dead in Connecticut at age 87 on June 1.
Robert F. Kennedy enters the race for President even though his family is worried about his safety. Robert Kennedy is assassinated on June 5th in a Los Angeles hotel after celebrating his victory in the California primary.
The Poor People’s March on June 25, was led by Reverend Ralph Abernathy in Washington D.C., but organized by Martin Luther King, Jr. before his assassination. Nearly 50,000 people march in Washington, D.C., in support of antipoverty legislation.
Pope Paul VI issues the encyclical, Humanae vitae, on July 29.
Soviets invade Czechoslovakia on August 20 & 21.
On August 23, former Vice President Nixon accepts the Republican nomination for President in the 1968 election.
On August 28 at a rally in Chicago, Illinois, during the Democratic National Convention, 12,000 police, 7,500 Army troops and 6,000 National Guardsmen are called the the scene.
On September 14, U.S. baseball player Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers is the first pitcher to win 30 games in a season. Denny McLain beats Dizzy Dean's 1934 record with the St. Louis Cardinals.
On September 14 to September 21, the Soviet spacecraft Zond 5 is the first spacecraft to fly around the moon and it returns to Earth.
60 Minutes, a news program, debuts on television on September 14.
The comedy, Julia, appears on television on September 17. It is the first television program to star a black woman (Diahann Carroll) since 1953.
Apollo VII is launched from Florida on an 11-day journey on October 11. It orbits the Earth 163 times.
Tommy Smith and John Carlos shock the nation with their display of black power at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City in October.
The first live transmission from Space is made on October 13. Apollo 7 is the first U.S. Apollo space mission with a crew that flies to the moon that does 163 orbits of the Earth between October 11 to October 22.
On November 5 Shirley Chisholm becomes the first African American woman to be elected in the United States Congress.
Richard Nixon is elected President of the United States on November 5.
The author of the renowned novel The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck, is dead in New York at the age of 66 on December 20.
On December 21, The U.S. launches Apollo 8. It orbits the moon 10 times. The crew makes a live broadcasting Christmas day and is many steps closer to landing on the moon.
The emergency 911 phone system is introduced in New York. It is the first system of its kind in the United States.
The musical Oliver!, based on the story by Charles Dickens, is released in Britain.
Douglas Englebart, a U.S. computer scientist, demonstrates the first computer mouse. Look for video clips here: MouseSite
On January 12, the New York Jets took victory over the Baltimore Colts 16–7 in Miami, Florida, before 73,389 spectators to become the first team from the American Football League to win Super Bowl III.
On January 20, Richard Milhous Nixon is inaugurated 37th President of the United States.
Boris Karloff, famous horror movie star, dies on February 3, in Midhurst, England.
The U.S. football coach Vince Lombardi joins the Washington Redskins as head coach, part owner, and executive vice president on February 7.
On February 24, the United States launched space probe Mariner 6. The mission is to photograph the planet Mars.
On March 27, Mariner 7 is launched with the same mission.
Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States from 1953 to 1961, dies in Washington, D.C. on March 28.
In March Beatle John Lennon and his new wife Yoko Ono make their honeymoon, at the Hilton Hotel, Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, a “bed-in” for peace.
In March James Earl Ray is sentenced to 99 years in prison, after being convicted of assassinating Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Pentagon reports that it is spending approximately $350 million a year on the production of chemical and biological weapons in March.
On April 4 Dr. Denton Cooley implants the world's first completely artificial heart, a combination of Dacron and plastics, in Houston, Texas.
For the second year running the Montreal Canadians defeat the St. Louis Blues in four straight games to win the National Hockey League Stanley Cup from April 27, 1969 to May 4.
On May 17, David Corn of Dallas bids $404,000 to buy a copy of the first printing of The Declaration of Independence.
On June 22 Judy Garland dies in London, England.
On June 27 the Gay Rights movement begins has a symbolic beginning in Manhattan's Greenwich Village when homosexuals assault police officers raiding the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar.
Jacuzzi Bros. introduce the hot tub at the Orange County Fair in California in June.
In July Senator Edward M. Kennedy drives off a bridge at Chappaquiddick Island off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Kennedy escapes the wreck, but his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, drowns.
On July 4 AnAnn Jones of Great Britain defeats Billie Jean King of the United States in three sets in the final of the women's singles at the Wimbledon tennis championships, London, England.
July 16 – July 24 Apollo 11 takes place. On July 20 astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to walk on the moon, famously saying “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Over 700 million people worldwide watch as Apollo 11 touches down on the moon.
From August 15-17 half a million people attend the three-day Woodstock Musical and Arts Fair on a farm in New York State. The line-up includes Jimi Hendrix, the Who, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and Santana.
On August 17, the Mississippi Gulf coast and southern U.S. states are hit by Hurricane Camille. This hurricane was the most severe hurricane in nearly 35 years; it kills 248 people, leaves 200,000 homeless, and causes $1.5 billion in property damage.
On August 9 members of the Charles Manson cult murder the actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of film director Roman Polanski. Also murdered at the Polanski house in Bell Air, California, are Abigail Folgers, Wojiciech Frykowski, Jay Sebring, and Stephen Earl Parent. Later the same day Leno and Rosemary La Bianca are murdered in Los Angeles.
On September 15 the world's first heart and lung transplant is performed at the Stanford Medical Center in California.
On September 22 the San Francisco Giants Willie Mays becomes the first person since the Babe Ruth to hit 600 home runs in major-league baseball.
On October 12 Sonja Henie dies in an airplane on her way to Oslo, Norway
On October 16 the New York Mets defeat the Baltimore Orioles to become the first “expansion” team to win baseball's World Series.
On December 6, during a Rolling Stone set at the Altamont Festival in Altamont, California, the teenage fan Meredith Hunter is killed by Hell's Angels.
In December the Boeing 747 joins the Pan Am airlines fleet and makes its first commercial flight, from Seattle, Washington, to New York, New York.
December Chicago police raid the headquarters of the militant Black Nationalist group the Black Panthers. They shoot and kill Fred Hampton, the group's chairman. Los Angeles police raid the local headquarters of the militant Black Nationalist group, the Black Panthers. Eleven Black Panther members surrender after a four-hour siege.
The Gap is founded.
Johnny Cash releases the single “A Boy Named Sue.” and the album Johnny Cash at San Quentin.
Cream releases the album Goodbye Cream.
Led Zeppelin releases the albums Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II.
The Who releases the single “Pinball Wizard” and the album Tommy, the soundtrack of their rock opera.
The Beatles,make their last ever public appearance in London, England. It is recorded as part of their film Let It Be.
The Beatles release the album Abbey Road and the single “Something” by George Harrison, the first Beatle hit not to have been written by John Lennon or Paul McCartney.
Stevie Wonder releases the single “My Cherie Amour.”
Elvis Presley releases the single “Suspicious Minds.”
West Side Story is the best-selling album of the 1960s in the United States.
Neil Diamond releases the single “Sweet Caroline.”
Frank Sinatra releases the single “My Way.”
Santana releases an album by the same name. The band introduces a Latin flavor into rock.
Mario Puzo publishes his novel The Godfather.
1969 MOVIES, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Easy Rider, Midnight Cowboy, Goodbye, Columbus, True Grit, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, and The Love Bug were all released in 1969.
The Smothers Brothers Show becomes popular. The show openly criticizes President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Vietnam War.
Ralph Lauren opens his first designer shop selling Polo items inside Bloomingdale’s in New York City.
Bill Cosby becomes the first black man to star in a comedy program since 1953. He plays a high school gym teacher in The Bill Cosby Show.
Sesame Street first appears on television. The show is created by Jim Henson and introduces Big Bird, Bert and Ernie to preschoolers across the nation.

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