The 1960s was the decade that started on January 1, 1960 and ended on December 31, 1969. Many things happened in the sixties, including the Space Race, the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War.
The 1960s term also refers to an era more often called the Sixties. This was a set of cultural and political trends around the globe. This "cultural decade" is loosely defined as beginning around 1963 and ending around 1974.
The social revolution of the 1960s was part of a wider counterculture. Old ways were changed, new ways taken up. Typical was the introduction of the birth control pill, and its effect on sexual activity, widespread use of certain drugs and a general disrespect for traditional ways.
|Centuries:||19th century – 20th century – 21st century|
|Decades:||1930s 1940s 1950s – 1960s – 1970s 1980s 1990s|
|Years:||1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969|
|Categories:||Births – Deaths – Architecture
Establishments – Disestablishments
Events[change | change source]
- Decolonization of much of Africa
- 1961 – Berlin Wall built
- 1961 – Bay of Pigs invasion
- 1962 – Cuban Missile Crisis
- 1963 – Assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22
- 1965 – India invades Pakistan on September 6
- 1969 – Under the Apollo 11 program Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first humans on the Moon
- Unix created.
Important people[change | change source]
- Stanley Kubrick, director
- Orson Welles, director
- The Rolling Stones, English rock band
- Muhammad Ali, boxer
- The Beatles, British rock band
- Fidel Castro, president of Cuba
- Sean Connery, actor
- Bob Dylan, singer, songwriter, artist
- Joan Baez, American Folk Singer
- Yuri Gagarin, astronaut
- Alfred Hitchcock, filmmaker
- Pope John XXIII, Pope until 1963
- Lyndon Johnson, President of the United States until 1968
- John F. Kennedy, President of the United States until 1963
- Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader
- Nikita Khruschev, Soviet leader
- Pope Paul VI since 1963
- Mao Zedong, leader of the People's Republic of China
- Elvis Presley, American singer
- Mary Quant, fashion designer
References[change | change source]
- Barth, John 1984. Intro to The Literature of Exhaustion, in The Friday Book.
- Maslin, Janet (5 November 2007). "Brokaw explores another turning point, the '60s". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/05/books/05masl.html. Retrieved 26 August 2011.