The 1960's was a turbulent decade defined by social unrest and military conflict. In America the civil rights movement combined with rock and roll to create a generation of youth who rebelled against established authority. This decade helped to create a new American identity in the post World War II globe.
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Jimmy Hendrix performs his famous "National Anthem" in front of thousands on rural farm near Woodstock, New York.
King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. national holiday in 1986.
Malcolm X was assassinated while giving a speech in New York.
President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time on November 22, 1963, while on a political trip to Texas. He was shot twice, in the neck and head, and was pronounced dead at 1:00 p.m. Lee Harvey Oswald, the principal suspect, was arrested at a movie theater at about 1:50 p.m. He denied shooting anyone, claiming he was a patsy, and was killed by Jack Ruby on November 24, before he could be indicted or tried. Jack Ruby was then arrested and convicted of murder. He successfully appealed his conviction and death sentence but he got ill and died as a date for his new trial was being set.
"I Have A Dream" is the popular name given to the public speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., when he spoke of his desire for a future where blacks and whites, among others, would coexist harmoniously as equals. King's delivery of the speech on August 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.
The Cuban Missile Crisis was a confrontation between the United States, the Soviet Union, and Cuba that occurred in the early 1960s during the Cold War. In Russia, it is termed the "Caribbean Crisis" (Russian: Карибский кризис, Karibskiy krizis), while in Cuba it is called the "October Crisis". The crisis ranks with the Berlin Blockade as one of the major confrontations of the Cold War, and is often regarded as the moment in which the Cold War came closest to a
an unsuccessful attempt by a U.S.-trained force of Americans exiled from Cuba to invade southern Cuba with support from U.S. government armed forces and overthrow the Cuban government of Fidel Castro