Events and Trends
The 1960s was a turbulent decade of change around the world. Many of the trends of the 1960s were due to the demographic changes brought about by the baby boom generation and the dissolution of European colonial empires.
- Bay of Pigs
- Civil rights movement
- Cuban Missile Crisis
- John F. Kennedy assassinated in 1963; his brother Robert F. Kennedy assassinated in 1968.
- Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated on April 4, 1968.
- LBJ's Great Society program
- Hippies, drug culture & Rock and roll converge at the Woodstock Festival & Concert, 1969.
- Increase in crime, Los Angeles Watts Riot, 1965, Chicago riot, Democratic National Convention, 1968
- Rise of the baby boom generation to adulthood; Sesame Street debuts on PBS.
- The sexual revolution
- The rise of radical feminism
- Growing popularity of religions other than Christianity, and of atheism; Time Magazine asks: "Is God Dead?"
- The Vietnam War and protests, leading to Kent State University shootings in May, 1970
- The growing hegemony of ultra-liberalism in universities and other institutions
- The rise of political correctness and the bashing of the Western canon
- The rise of the drug culture
- Rock and roll develops, diversifies, and becomes very hip. The Beatles eclipse Elvis Presley.
- Widespread riots in France
- Suppression of uprising in Czechoslovakia
- Sweden abandons driving on the left side.
- The United States puts man on the Moon; geosynchronous satellites revolutionize global communications.
A fascinating page, but it should be renamed somehow; I'd rather not do it myself, but perhaps 1960s in the United States. Of course, many of the same events were occurring in Europe at the same time. Would be interesting to learn what the European experience at that time was.
Perhaps the different continents should just have subpages off of each decade's page. Then have the main page highlight the more global events such as the Vietnam war, the sexual revolution etc..
On the same page is the way to go. Many history books attempt to give a disjoint history along geographic/regional boundaries. This does little to encourage a worldwide view of each timeframe. These pages for each decade are meant to be a jumping off point/summary of major events/trends and also to facilitate a continuous timeline of all events/things/people mentioned in wiki. We should avoid anything but short one liners for each trend/topic/event to keep the decade list page readable.