Monday, July 8, 2013

Part 130 - The Revolution Goes On

November 22 – JFK assassinated in Dallas, Texas; LBJ sworn in.
November 24- LBJ escalates the Vietnam War.
November 29 – Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” released.

February 9 – Beatles first appear on Ed Sullivan Show, seventy-four million people watch.
July 2 – LBJ signs US Civil Rights Act; public facilities opened to all.
August – Beatles first U.S. tour; twenty-five North American cities.
August 28 – Race riots in Philadelphia.

February 8 – U.S. starts bombing North Vietnam.
March 3 – Owsley Stanley starts LSD factory, making large quantities of acid available for the first time.
March 6 – First American soldier officially sets foot on Vietnam battlefields.
March 7 – Alabama state troopers attack 525 civil rights workers as they prepare to march.
March 24- SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) organizes first Vietnam teach-in at U of Michigan, three thousand attend.
March 25 – Civil rights worker shot and killed by KKK in Alabama.
April 17 – SDS leads first anti-Vietnam War march in Washington, D.C.; twenty-five thousand attend
July 28 – LBJ sends fifty thousand more troops to Vietnam.
August 11 -- Major race riot (six days) in Watts, California, leaves thirty-five dead.

January 21 – First light show, Grateful Dead, ten thousand people in San Francisco.
August 5 – John Lennon says Beatles more popular than Jesus.

January 14 – Gathering of the Tribes, First Human Be-In, twenty to fifty thousand attend in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
February – Twenty-five thousand troops sent to Cambodian border.
April 5 – Gray Line starts hippie tours of Haight-Ashbury.
April 15 –Anti-Vietnam War protest; four hundred thousand  march from Central Park to U.N.
May 19 – First U.S. air strike on Hanoi
June 25 – Beatle song, “All You Need Is Love” debuts on TV; one hundred thousand flower children now in the Haight-Ashbury area.
July – Summer of rioting in the U.S.; Blacks take to the streets in Chicago, Brooklyn, Cleveland, and Baltimore.
July 11 – Newark riots start long hot summer.
July 24 – Forty-three die in Detroit rioting; worst in U.S. history.
October 8 – Che Guevara killed in Bolivia by U.S.–trained troops.
October 20 – Seven KKK members convicted of conspiracy in 1964 murders of three civil rights workers.
October 21-22 – Antiwar protesters storm the Pentagon.
December – Four hundred eighty-six thousand American troops in Vietnam; of the fifteen thousand killed to date, 60 percent died in 1967.

January 21 - Battle of Khe Sanh begins; five thousand Marines isolated and under attack by twenty thousand North Vietnamese troops.
January 23 – USS Pueblo seized by North Korea.
January 31 – Viet Cong launch Tet Offensive, a massive twenty-five-day assault throughout South Vietnam, surprising the U.S. forces by its size and scope.  Antiwar sentiment in the U.S. increases.
March 9 – General William Westmoreland requests 206,000 more troops for Vietnam.
March 16 – My Lai massacre - Two to five hundred Vietnamese villagers killed by U.S. troops under direction of Lt. William Calley.
April 4 – Martin Luther King shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee.
April 6 – Oakland Police ambush Black Panthers.
April 23 – SDS leads students, take over five buildings at Colombia University for a week.
April 26 – Two hundred thousand students boycott classes to protest war.
June 5 – Bobby Kennedy assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan.
August 1 – Five hundred forty-one thousand U.S. troops in Vietnam.
August 25-29 – Democratic Convention in Chicago.  Demonstrations and police riot; ten thousand demonstrators vs. eleven thousand Chicago police; six thousand National Guard; seven thousand U.S. army troops and one thousand FBI, CIA, and other services' agents.

February 11 – Two hundred students smash computers with axes and set computer center on fire at St. George Williams College in Montreal.

Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters heading for Washington, D.C. The bus with its psychedelic colors, and its occupants loudly proclaiming the merits of LSD were some of the hallmarks the defined the decades of the 1960s and '70s.

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