The Vietnam War is one of the biggest events of the 60’s. It started in November 1, 1955 and ended in April 30, 1975. The war created a gigantic wave of protest and change. It wasn’t only a massive deal for the people in the United States but for the troops and the Vietnamese people it became quite horrifying. Some people supported the war and others did not. It was one of the most controversial things at the time. The American military started a draft. By the end of the war 58,220 Americans had died.
On May 4, 1970 at Kent State University in Ohio four unarmed students were gunned down while protesting the Vietnam War. It was a horrifying event that pushed the intense protest even harder. Four students dead and 9 wounded by the American military. It was a serious wake up call that what was happening not only in Vietnam but America too wasn't right.
On December 1, 1969 the United States Army began drafting men between the ages of 19 and 25 to the Vietnam War. The Army would notify you that you were being drafted by sending a draft card in the mail. But as an act of defiance and resistance, some of the drafted men began burning their draft cards. The draft was one of the biggest reasons for the iconic protesting and hippie movement. But in the end, the massive draft and minimal military training led to the death of thousands of soldiers
The Civil Rights was a movement where African American people fought for their rights against American Racism. The movement started in 1954 and ended in 1968 with the Civil Rights. Millions of people started standing up for their rights. through protesting like sit ins and marches. Black people across the country fought for their rights. They ended segregation in schools and segregation in general. Key leaders of the movement were Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks among many others.
Martin Luther King Jr was probably the most influential leader in the Civil Rights movement. He inspired millions with his beautiful and thought provoking speeches. He was born January 5, 1929 in Atlanta Georgia. He was tragically assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis Tennessee. His involvement in the Civil Rights movement was tremendous. And to this day he is often viewed as one of the most inspiring people of modern day.
On July 20, 1969 humans (Americans) stepped off their space craft, Apollo 11, and walked on the moon. The event changed everything for not only space travel but for humankind. The space craft Apollo 11 held Mission Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin "Buzz"Aldrin. Everyone sat in front of their television sets and watched the ultimate touch down that left audiences across the world in awe. The moon landing is thought to be one of the most inspiring events of the 1960’s.
John F. Kennedy was born May 29, 1917 and was elected for president November 8, 1960. He was the youngest person to become president at the age of 43 and he was also the first Roman Catholic to be in office. He faced rising tensions from the Cold War and Vietnam. He also helped the Civil Rights movement have Federal support. But unfortunately he was assassinated on November 22, 1963. He is to this day thought to be one of most loved United state presidents.
Elvis Presley was the bridge between music from African American subculture to American pop culture. He became wildly famous until his death in August 16, 1977, but he is still a household name to this day. Elvis released his first song January 17, 1956 and was a hit. While many people loved him and his music he also became somewhat controversial. He was known for his rowdy music and erotic dances. Elvis made a lot of music ranging from his fast paced Jailhouse Rock to his slow Cant Help Falling in Love. He left a tremendous mark on the music scene in his time and to this day.