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1960s Timeline

Timeline of the 20th Century


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  • Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho Released
  • Brazil's Capital Moves to Brand New City
  • First Televised Presidential Debates
  • Lasers Invented
  • Lunch Counter Sit-In at Woolworth's in Greenboro, NC
  • Most Powerful Earthquake Ever Recorded Hits Chile
  • Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa
  • The Birth Control Pill Is Approved by the FDA
  • Walsh and Piccard Become the First to Explore the Deepest Place on Earth



  • Andy Warhol Exhibits His Campbell's Soup Can
  • Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Famous Escape From Alcatraz
  • First James Bond Movie
  • First Person Killed Trying to Cross the Berlin Wall
  • First Wal-Mart Opens
  • James Meredith Admitted Into the Segregated University of Mississippi
  • Johnny Carson Takes Over the Tonight Show
  • Marilyn Monroe Found Dead
  • Rachel Carson Publishes Silent Spring


  • 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
  • Betty Friedan Publishes The Feminine Mystique
  • Buddhist Monk Sets Himself on Fire in Protest
  • First Dr. Who Episode Airs
  • First Woman in Space
  • Great Train Robbery in England
  • "Hot Line" Established Between U.S. and U.S.S.R.
  • JFK Assassinated
  • March on Washington
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Makes His "I Have a Dream" Speech
  • Medgar Evers Is Murdered



  • British Sea Gem Oil Rig Collapses
  • Los Angeles Riots
  • Malcolm X Assassinated
  • Miniskirt First Appears
  • Nicolae Ceausescu Comes to Power in Romania
  • New York City Great Blackout
  • The Rolling Stones’ Mega Hit Song, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
  • U.S. Sends Troops to Vietnam


  • Nazi Albert Speer Released From Spandau Prison
  • Black Panther Party Established
  • First Kwanzaa Celebrated
  • Mao Zedong Launches the Cultural Revolution
  • Mass Draft Protests in U.S.
  • National Organization for Women (NOW) Founded
  • Star Trek T.V. Series Airs
  • Two Multi-Ton Chunks of the Mundrabilla Meteorite Found




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