Major Events of the 60s and 70s

The events of the time were and always will be the biggest factors in the shifts that occur after each big lode stone in time. Some events were a shadow on man kind's already blighted radar and some, but few were a helping hand in our path towards greatness. These events started every change, events like the Vietnam War and the many violent protests or events like the civil rights act and the right to vote at 18 in the US. These wrought many lasting effects upon american traditions and laws and have, depending on your point of view, irreparably crippled mankind, or have just barred our way for the time being.

Events List

1955 to 1968

The long struggle for equal rights for African Americans played out in the United States.

1955 to 1975

Conflict in Vietnam involves the United States, and from 1965, New Zealand.


Lasers invented, which end up being a revolutionary tool for things like medicine and communication


Bay of Pigs invasion, Berlin wall built, Soviets launch 1st man in space


Andy Warhol exhibits Campbells soup can painting, Cuban missile crisis, Marylin Monroe found dead, Rachel Carson publishes Silent Spring (an environmental warning).



Mike Cargill (US-12yrs old) was listening to Motown, Supremes, Beach Boys, Jan and Dean
David White (NZ-15 years old) was listening to Elvis Presley, Beach Boys, Seekers


The President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was shot in Dallas, Texas during a parade.  The United States mourned the end of "Camelot".


Vietnam draft ramps up after Gulf of Tonkin Resolution


Civil Rights Act passes, Nelson Mandela sentenced to life in prison

1965 to 1966

Mary Quant's miniskirt designs become popular as hemlines keep rising above the knee.


Although there had been thousands of military advisors in Vietnam for almost 10 years, fighting soldiers didn't get there until mid-1965



Mike (US- 15 yrs old) was listening to Sonny and Cher, Buffalo Springfield, Jefferson Airplane, Judy Collins
David (NZ- 18 yrs old) was listening to The Who, Beatles


Violent protests against the draft occurred at Columbia University. Buildings were burned and students were beaten up.


Violent protests against the war in Vietnam occurred at the Democratic National Convention.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
Riots break out around the US in reaction to the loss of this leader of the civil rights struggle.



Mike (US-18 yrs old) was listening to Jimmy Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Beatles, The Who, Santana, Country Joe and the Fish
David (NZ - 21 yrs old) was listening to Joni Mitchell, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin, Peter Paul and Mary, The Who


One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind


The Altamont Speedway Free Festival was an infamous rock concert held on Saturday, December 6, 1969, at the Altamont Speedway in northern California, between Tracy and Livermore.


Military opens fire on unarmed students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University Campus.  Four students killed.


The organizers were John Rogers, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfeld and Mike Lang, the oldest 27 at the time of Woodstock. Roberts, from a well off family, and friend Rosenman planned to invest Robert's money in a money making scheme. After placing an ad in the New York Times, they met Kornfeld and Lang. Their original plan was to set up a studio and retreat for rock musicians, but they later decided to stage a concert, on the basis that it would bring in the money for the studio.


John Lennon's song is heard by the people.


The 26th Amendment extended a guarantee of suffrage to anyone 18 years or older in all states.


Mike (US-21 yrs old) was listening to Bob Dylan, Greatful Dead, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Traffic, Santana, Janice Joplin
David (NZ- 24 yrs old) was listening to the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin
Both men felt they themselves changed from 1963 to 1972 and the music reflected them, not that they were changed by the music.


Active conscription ends, one of the key issues driving war protests

1975 to 1980

Disco was popularised by Donna Summer and the Bee Gees as a way to let loose, party and forget the tragedies of that time. Disco was a ripple among many, heading away from the Vietnam War and in to the future. A large number of people were tired of being told how things were wrong and what they needed to do, when all they really wanted was to enjoy the music.

Disco was at the top of the mountain between 1975 and the early 1980s.


The last US soldiers were evacuated from Saigon on 29 April, 1975


Joe Walsh's song about greed and excess in rock and roll


Green Day releases a modern protest song about another war and a different president.