The 60's 

The sixties were strange and wonderful times. There were fun times and there were tragic times. Man first stepped on the moon in the sixties. Timothy Leary was the LSD guru. Khruschev swore Russia would bury the United States. Cuban exiles failed in an attempt to overthrow Castro, in Cuba at the Bay of Pigs invasion. Marilyn Monroe died of an overdose. In May, 1963 police turned dogs and fire hoses on black school children in Birmingham, Alabama. Before it ended 2500 had been arrested. One month later Medgar Evers was murdered, in his driveway, in Jackson, Mississippi. It took thirty years to bring his killer to justice. September 15, 1963 the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham was bombed killing four young girls.  President Kennedy was killed in Dallas. Robert Kennedy in Los Angeles and Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis. James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, civil rights workers, were detained by the police in Philadelphia, Mississippi. After their release they were never seen alive again. Watch the movie Mississippi Burning. Churches were burned and blacks were murdered just for speaking out.

The war in Vietnam raged on and college students demonstrated on campuses all over the country. National guardsmen opened fire on students at Kent State, killing four. In Jackson, Mississippi two were killed in a demonstration at Jackson State. 1967 had the summer of love . Make love not war became a slogan of the young. There was drugs, sex and rock and roll. The music of the sixties, in my opinion, has never been topped before or since. 

It seems that 1969 was when everything came to a head. In that year alone, the Jets won the Super Bowl. The Mets won the World Series. Richard Nixon became President. Police raided the Stonewall Inn, in New York, starting a riot that launched the gay rights movement. Neil Armstrong was the first man to step on the moon. Charles Manson and his followers murdered Sharon Tate and others. Hurricane Camille killed more than 300 people in Mississippi. Sesame Street first aired on television. Easy Rider with Peter Fonda, Jack Nickolson and Dennis Hopper became a cult classic but the highlight of the year had to be a small event that promised three days of peace and music. Woodstock deserves it's own page. 



Photographs from the SixtiesViet Nam and the San Francisco Bay Area 1966-1971. "THE TRI-X CHRONICLES" is Bil Pauls book of photographs that will carry you from Viet Nam to People's Park in San Francisco. Check out his site and then get the book. It will take you back and there are other photos not on the web site.
 The Psychedelic 60s This is the best and most informative sixties site I've seen.
 Swingin' Chicks of the'60's Want to learn about some of the women that influenced the sixties? Check out this site.

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