What's Going on the the World in the 1960s besides perfume?

What's Going on in the World in the 1960s

The 1960s was a decade of protest and reform. Young Americans demonstrated against the Vietnam War, African Americans demonstrated for civil rights and women demonstrated for equal treatment. It was also a time of great social change. The voting age was lowered to eighteen by the end of the 1960s. It was the era of rapid technological progress, the age of the car, and man walking on the moon. The 60s changed attitudes and ended on a note of optimism for a better and brighter future.

The 1960s was the decade of great music - the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield, the Who, Procol Harum - the list could go on and on. Music itself changed radically in the 60s. The Beatles went from suited mods in the early sixties to hip guys in the middle sixties then to full blown hippies by 1967. It was the first full decade of rock and roll and the biggest hit was Chubby Checker's "The Twist". The Beatles had two of the top twenty songs of the 1960s - "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" and "Hey Jude". Towards the end of the decade, soul became more popular and included songs like Otis Redding's "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay" and Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine". In the latter half of the 1960s, psychedelic music reflected the growing hippie culture. Prog-rock began to emerge out of the British psychedelic scene in 1967, specifically a strain of classical/symphonic rock by The Nice, Procol Harum and The Moody Blues.

Television tried to attract younger audiences and shows like American Bandstand, The Ed Sullivan Show and other TV variety shows began showcasing rock bands. In 1967 the first outdoor rock music festival (The Monterey Pop Festival) was held and attracted 55,000 fans per day to a three-day concert. Then in the summer of 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair drew 500,000 people to a three-day concert in Bethel, New York. 


  • First Televised Presidential Debates
  • Lunch Counter Sit-In at Woolworth's in Greenboro, NC
  • Most Powerful Earthquake Ever Recorded Hits Chile
  • Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa
  • Kennedy is Elected as Youngest President
  • The Birth Control Pill Is Approved by the FDA


  • Bay of Pigs Invasion
  • Berlin Wall Built
  • JFK Gives "Man on the Moon" Speech
  • Peace Corps Founded
  • Soviets Launch First Man in Space
  • Stalin's Body Removed From Lenin's Masoleum


  • Andy Warhol Exhibits His Campbell's Soup Can
  • Cuban Missile Crisis
  • First Person Killed Trying to Cross the Berlin Wall
  • James Meredith Admitted Into the Segregated University of Mississippi
  • Marilyn Monroe Found Dead



  • Betty Friedan Publishes The Feminine Mystique
  • Great Train Robbery in England
  • JFK Assassinated
  • March on Washington
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Makes His "I Have a Dream" Speech
  • Medgar Evers Is Murdered


  • Beatles Become Popular in US
  • Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) Becomes World Heavyweight Champion
  • Civil Rights Act is signed by President Johnson. 
  • Nelson Mandela Sentenced to Life in Prison
  • Warren Report on JFK's Assassination Issued


  • Los Angeles Riots
  • Malcolm X Assassinated
  • Miniskirt First Appears
  • New York City Great Blackout
  • US Sends Troops to Vietnam
  • President Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act


  • First Kwanzaa Celebrated
  • Mao Zedong Launches the Cultural Revolution
  • Mass Draft Protests in U.S.
  • National Organization for Women (NOW) Founded


  • Che Guervara Killed
  • First Heart Transplant
  • First Super Bowl
  • Six-Day War in the Middle East
  • Three U.S. Astronauts Killed During Simulated Launch
  • Thurgood Marshall Becomes the First African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice                                                                                                                                                                                   1960s10.jpg


  • Japan's 300 Million Yen Robbery
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated
  • My Lai Massacre
  • Robert F. Kennedy Assassinated
  • Tet Offensive
  • Republican candidate Richard Nixon is elected president of the United States.


  • Manson Family Murders
  • Neil Armstrong Becomes the First Man on the Moon
  • Woodstock Concert
  • Yasser Arafat Becomes Leader of the PLO