Presidents and World Leaders
- John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)- Opposed the spread of communism and tried to overthrow the Cuban Government.
- Nikita Khrushchev (1953-1964)- Soviet Minister that challenged the U.S. and said the Russia was superior to the U.S.
- Richard Nixon (1969-1974)- Promised to the end the Vietnam war.
- Ho Chi Minh, leader of Vietnam though most of the war.
- Lyndon B Johnson- Opposed North Korea.
Key Laws Passed
- Civil Rights Act 1964- PRohibits the discrimination of others based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.
- 24th Amendment- helped stop discrimination in federal elections.
- 25th Amendment- handled possible succession issues in case of the death of the president and other key leaders.
- Tonkin Gulf Resolution 1964- gave the president power so that he could send troops quickly to Vietnam without approval from congress.
Supreme Court Decisions
- Mapp vs. Ohio 367 US 643 (1961)- Dolley Mapps house was searched without proof of warrant. They found illegal items in his house so he was tried and jailed.
- Terry vs Ohio 392 US 1 (1968)- Police stopped two men on the street. Believing they had weapons they frisked the men and discovered they had firearms.
Space and Technological Changes
Sports and Athletes
- Muhammad Ali- Boxer
- Willie Mays- MLB
- Wilt Chamberlain-NBA
- Jim Brown-NFL
- Bobby Hull-NHL
- Boston Celtics
- New York Yankees
- USC Football
- UCLA Basketball
- Green Bay Packers
- 1960 Summer Olympics
- 1960 World Series game 7
- 1964 Summer Olympics
- 1967 First Super Bowl
- 1968 Second Super Bowl
The 1960s were considered the "age of the youth" because the baby boomers were becoming teenagers. Men had crew cut hair styles. Women had Bouffant style haircuts. Men also wear brighter clothes. Women wear mini skirts and go-go boots. Teen life was social unrest, innocents lost, freedom and scandal.
- John McCain: Volunteered for combat in Vietnam and spent five and a half years in captivity. He earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and a Distinguished Flying Cross.
- Oliver Stone: He Enlisted in the U.S. Army, and was awarded Bronze Star and 2 Purple Hearts.
- Collin Powell: First African American Secretary of State.