The 1960s

By Carter Powell


The 1960s was a very eventful decade. John F. Kennedy was elected president in 1960. His goal was to land a man on the moon before the decade was out. The U.S. sent 3500 men to Vietnam to help with the war. The U.S. gets closer to space exploration when they launch the first weather satellite. In 1963 John F Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald. After that, Martin Luthor King Jr. gave his famous "I have a Dream" speech. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the civil rights act into law in 1964. Soon after, NASA's mariner 4 space probe successfully approached Mars and becomes the first spacecraft to take images of a planet from deep space.

The second half of the 1960s was mostly uphill from there. In 1965 the voting rights act was signed into law by president Lyndon B. Johnson. MLK leads a peaceful civil rights march from Selna to Montgomery in Alabama. In 1966 the 25th amendment was ratified. MLK was assassinated by James Earl Ray in 1968. But finally, the dead JFK's dream came true! The U.S. landed a man on the moon!


Sam Walton has a positive impact on people today by opening the first Walmart in 1962. Some people would say he had a negative impact but that is an opinion. We need it to get food and water and whatever else we might need. It could also give people another job opportunity. We could also buy stuff that we want or things to help get back from a natural disaster.

Fun Facts

1. The first episode of Star Trek aired in 1966.

2. JFK was the youngest person to be elected president.

3. The first episode of Doctor Who aired in 1963.

4. The first super bowl was in 1967.

5. Spider Man made his debut in the Amazing Fantasy #15 comic in 1962.


Meredeth Curly Hunter Jr. was an 18-year-old african american man who was killed at the 1969 Altamont Free Concert. During the performance by The Rolling Stones, Hunter approached the stage, and was violently driven off by members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club who had been contracted to serve as security guards. He subsequently returned to the stage area, drew a revolver, and was stabbed and beaten to death by Hells Angel Alan Passaro.

Connection to Present Day

I chose the super bowl for my present day connection because it has been around since 1967. Super Bowl Sunday is now considered an unofficial holiday by most americans. It is also the second largest day for U.S. food consumption. In addition, it has frequently been the most watched American telivision broadcast of the year. The name originally came from the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1966. The winner gets the Lombardi Trophy, named after Vince Lombardi, the coach of the Packers and who won the first two super bowls, and soon passed away in 1970.


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