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JFK Elected President

January 20, 1961 - November 22, 1963

John F. Kennedy is elected 35th President of the U.S., defeating Vice President Richard. M. Nixon. It was the closest election in US history.

First Freedom Riders

5-4-1961 - 5-8-1961

Freedom riders - civil rights activists who traveled on public transportation across the south to challenge segregated seating.

I Have A Dream

8-28-1963 - 8-29-1963

MLK Jr. delivered the " I have a dream" speech.

The Beatles first hit #1 on Billboard

2-1-1964 - 3-1-1964

The song that got them there was "I Want to Hold Your Hand."

Medicare Signed Into Law

7-30-1965 - 12-31-1965

Medicare is signed into law in the U.S. Senior citizens now have a healthcare safety net.

The New York Times Starts Petition

6-4-1966 - 12-31-1966

The New York Times publishes a petition to end the Vietnam War. 6400 signatures including many clergy.

John Lennons psychedelic coda

11-24-1967 - 11-25-1967

The Beatles release John Lennon's psychedelic coda, I Am the Walrus.

Orangeburg Massacre

2-8-1968 - 2-10-1968

Police kill 3 blacks protesting segregation at a South Carolina bowling alley. Mostly known as the Orangeburg massacre.

"How Hippies Raise their Children"

7-15-1969 - 7-18-1969

Cover story on LOOK: "How Hippies Raise their Children."

Woodstock

8-15-1969 - 8-17-1969

The 3 day Woodstock festival is attended by an estimated total of 300,000-500,000 people.