President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd, 1963 while in Dallas, Texas riding in a presidential motorcade. JFK was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald from the 6th floor of a book depository. After he was pronounced dead, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn into office.
(1) Civil Rights Act of 1964
July 2, 1964
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2nd 1964. This act was a huge step in the right direction, as it outlawed discrimination based on race, religion, sex, etc.
(23) Malcolm X Assassinated
February 21, 1965
Civil rights activist Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21st, 1965 by Black Muslims. He was killed while with the Organization of Afro-American Unity in the Audubon Ballroom, in Washington Heights.
(10) Black Panther Movement
October 15, 1966
Founded on October 15th, 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale in Oakland, California. The organization was meant to patrol African American neighborhoods and protect them from police brutality.
(26) Detroit Race Riots
July 23, 1967
The race riots in Detroit, Michigan were a result of the tight racial tensions in America during the 1960's. The riots resulted in thousands of buildings burned, some killed, and many injured. The National Guard and US Army had to be called in.
(3) MLK Assassinated
April 4, 1968
Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4th, 1968 on the balcony of his hotel in Memphis. His assassination sparked outrage and riots as well as more activism in the United States.
(21) Moon Landing
July 20, 1969
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to land on the moon, and Neil Armstrong was the first man to step foot on the surface. This accomplishment fulfilled Kennedy's goal of landing on the moon by the end of the 1960s. The United States had won the Space Race
August 15, 1969
The Woodstock music festival was a symbol for American culture at the time. Many "hippies" attended and wanted peace for America, not war. This is also a representation of the young generation and how they were doing a lot of drugs at the time.
(17) Kent State Massacre
May 4, 1970
4 students were killed and 9 were injured by the Ohio National Guard when they opened fire on a Vietnam War protest. This event turned public opinions against the war and was bad for Nixon.
June 17, 1972
Burglars that were a part of Nixon's reelection campaign had been arrested in the Democratic National Committee. They were stealing documents and wiretapping phones. This event led to a distrust and hate of the US government, and President Nixon would later resign.