Events during Ken Kesey's Life

World Events National Events Technological Events Personal/Author Events

World Events

World War II

09/01/1939 - 1951

United Nations Established

1945

Cold War

1946 - 1992

Soviet Union has atomic bomb

1949

NATO Established

1949

Most powerful earthquake ever recorded hits Chile

1960

Cuban Missile Crisis

1962

Prague Spring

1968

Berlin wall torn down

1989

Collapse of Soviet Union

1991

World Trade Center Bombed

1993

National Events

Social Security Enacted in US

1935

US invokes 1st peacetime draft

1940

Mt. Rushmore Completed

1941

National Security Act creates Department of Defense, NSC and CIA

1947

Segregation ruled illegal

1954

Baby Boomers

1957

NASA founded

1958

Peace symbol created

1958

Civil Rights Movement

1960

Birth control pill approved by FDA

1960

MLKJ's "I Have a Dream" Speech

1963

Civil Rights Act Passes

1964

First Hippie Festival in San Francisco

1965

Abortion is legalized

1973

Recession hits US economy

1982

Technological Events

Volkswagen Beetle first produced

1938

First Computer Built (ENIAC)

1945

Polaroid Cameras

1947

First Organ Transplant

1950

Color TV introduced

1951

US explodes 1st hydrogen bomb

1952

DNA discovered

1953

First trans-Atlantic jet passenger service

1958

First Xerox Machine

1958

First televised presidential debates

1960

First Heart Transplant

1967

Astronauts land on the moon

1969

Discovery of AIDS

1981

Hole in Ozone layer discovered

1985

Author Events

Birth

09/17/1935

in La Junta, Colorado

Writes End of Autumn

1957

Woodrow Wilson Fellowship

1958

Wallace Stegner Fellowship

1959

Drug Testing Program

1959

"Merry Pranksters" activities

06/14/1964 - 03/16/1967

Arrested for possession of marijuana

1966

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Movie Adaptation

1975

Sailor Song is published

1992

Toured with Merry Pranksters performing musical he wrote

1994

Death

11/10/2001