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The Decade Of Love

By: Racheal Harward, And James Wilson

Hippy:  “A person who opposes and rejects many of the conventional standards and customs of society, especially one who advocates extreme liberalism in sociopolitical attitudes and lifestyles.”

The 1960’s defined future generations. Many major events happened in the decade - some positive, some negative.

    • In 1961 a band came from the town of Liverpool England and redefined what it means to listen to rock music. The Beatles arrived and made a huge impact on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

    • In November of 1963, the assassination of President Kennedy shocked the nation. It was concluded that the President was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas.  Lee Harvey Oswald was then assassinated by Jack Ruby on November 24, 1963 in front of a national television audience.

    • Later in 1963, racial segregation became monumental news. Different races had their own schools, bathrooms, water fountains, and even buses. African Americans were considered second class. They got second best of everything.  Then an African American by the name of Martin Luther king defined what it means to live in harmony with his world famous speech “I have a Dream.” The speech was delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, On August 28, 1963.  More than 200,000 civil rights supporters witnessed this historic speech. The speech told of Kings Dream that one day all races would be treated as equal.

    • The Ford Mustang was launched in 1964.

    • Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first heart transplant in South Africa in 1967.

    • The brutal murders carried out by Charles Manson and Susan Atkins took place during the summer of 1969. Charles Manson was the founder of a cult called “The Family”. Manson believed that the Beatles song "Helter Skelter” predicted that a race war would take place during the summer of 1969. In the race war that Manson predicted, The African American population would kill the entire Caucasian race. When war did not break out, Manson brutally murdered Sharon Tate, her unborn baby, and four others who were visiting her to show the African Americans how to kill. The next night, Manson's followers brutally killed Leno and Rosemary LA Bianca in their home to further illustrate their concept.  The Manson family was convicted of 9 murders in total.

    • “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” – Neil Armstrong - July 20, 1969, at 20:17:39. America achieved its goal of putting a man on the moon. Apollo 11 was the space craft that landed the first men of the moon: Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr., and Command Module Pilot Michael Collins.

    • The first Woodstock took place. The Woodstock Music & Art Fair took place on August 15-18, 1969. Over half a million people came to a 600-acre dairy farm located in Bethel, New York. Thirty–two music acts played during the four rainy days.

    • The Vietnam War raged throughout this decade.

    • The bikini became popular for the first time after being seen in the movie “Beach Party”. The hippie culture also had a major impact on fashion. Tie-dye, gypsy skirts and extremely long hair became very popular.

    • The popular toy the Slinky was invented by Richard James. James was a naval engineer working on naval battleships, when one of the springs fell to the ground. He noticed how the spring kept moving after it hit the ground and Slinky was born. It is still a popular toy today, with plastic models and bright colors available.

The 1960 were definitely a time of change.





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