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Facts About 1960s

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The 1960’s was a time of change in various levels. The war in Vietnam, Kennedy being assassinated, civil rights movement and Kent State shooting all figured prominently during this era. Different styles of music were popular such as acid rock and folk for example. The famous Woodstock concert also happened in this era. The Space Race was on and we landed a man on the moon. If you are interested in learning more about the 1960′s, then take a look at these interesting facts.

Dr. Martin Luther King giving his "I Have a Dream" speechDr. Martin Luther King giving his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Civil rights

1960 was a year of change for civil rights. In 1960, sit in demonstrations begin in Greensboro for civil rights. The Freedom Riders leave Washington DC by Greyhound Bus in 1961. 1963 sees the March on Washington. Edward Brooke is elected to the Senate in Washington in 1967. In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis.

Space race

Russia and America were locked in a race to get into space. Russia launched the first human in space, Yuri Gagarin. America’s first man in space was Alan Sheppard. Accidents abounded in both space programs such as the Apollo 1 launch pad fire and the death of Russian astronaut, Valentin Bondarenko due to third degree burns. America won the space race in 1969 with Apollo 11.

Buzz Aldrin on the moon on July 20th, 1969Buzz Aldrin on the moon on July 20th, 1969. © NASA.

Music in the 1960′s

Music changed several different times in the 1960s. It started with the British Invasion, went through Motown music, traveled through classic rock then drug rock and finally went through message music as the decade closed. Famous acts from the era include the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Temptations, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, the Mamas and the Papas, Bob Dylan and others.


Woodstock drew over 500,000 attendees for the three-day festival held in White Lake, New York. 28 musical acts played at this festival including some of the top names of the day. A film about Woodstock was released as was two different soundtrack albums. This site after Woodstock returned to being a dairy farm after the three-day concert was finally over. A plaque now notates the site.