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
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.
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
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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