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The 1960's and 1970's

February 5th 2008 04:06
A lot of folks have a way of talking about the 1960's as one decade in which things happened, unrelated to the years before, and separate from the 1970's, as if there were a great divinding line between each set of ten years.

But, I was young and I was there, and there was no dividing line, except by those who needed to classify the decades, whether for historical or media clarity.

The reality was different.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower


In 1960 Nikita Khrushchev was President of the Soviet Union. The pilot of a United States U2 plane was shot down.
Nikita Krushchev
Nikita Krushchev

President Kruschchev canceled a planned visit to the USSR by President of the Unite States, Dwoght D. Eisenhower. Dwight Eisenhower was a hero from World War II.
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy



Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy had several debates on television, and John F. Kennedy won the election.

There were periodic peace marches and riots across the country over integration of black and white people.
Civil Rights For All Americans
Civil Rights For All Americans

President Kennedy asked what we could do for our country, established the Peace Corps, and then suddenly we were in a stand off with Cuba and the Soviet Union over missiles pointed at the States...
Cuban Missile Crisis
Cuban Missile Crisis

The missiles were withdrawn after tense days pondering the possiblity of nuclear war, there were violent confrontations in alabama over integration, and the soviets began testing nuclear weapons again, breaking an international agreement to not test.

John Glenn, later to be Senator Glenn, circled the globe in a space capsule, and Americans shook their heads in amazement.
John Glenn entering the capsule
John Glenn entering the capsule

Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe died.
A lot of people then, and now, never felt as if they really knew why.

Some teenagers and adults started doing a new dance called the Twist, and some of them probably stood and listened while the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke in Washington, telling folks “I Have A Dream”.
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.


In November 1963 President Kennedy was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald, who was then shot and killed two days later by Jack Ruby.
Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald
Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald


While this, and more, was going on, most of us were just trying to live our lives, and keep on track.
The Beatles Please ...
The Beatles Please

So, the next few years blew by; kids going to school, parents working, and a group called the Beatles released a couple of singles, “Please, Please Me" and "From Me To You".

Then they had an lp, and appeared on Ed Sullivan.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Leonid Breznev replaced Nikita Krushchev.
Leonid Brezhnev
Leonid Brezhnev
.

The Warren Commission asked Americans to accept its conclusions about a lone gunman in the murder of President Kennedy. And some people did.
The Warren Commission
The Warren Commission


A new way to make telephone calls, by touch tone – buttons, (instead of twirling the dial, or for women with polished nails, using a pen or penicil) started showing up.

A hamburger chain, called McDonald's, started to expand nationwide.

There were riots in Watts that left 35 human beings dead, Martin Luther King, Jr. led more marches, and Malcolm X was murdered.
Malcolm X
Malcolm X

President Johnson authorized the first bomb raids in Vietnam,
Bombing Viet Nam
Bombing Viet Nam
The Supreme Court decided in the Miranda case that a police officer must tell the suspect they had rights.
Miranda and Constitutional Rights
Miranda and Constitutional Rights

The Beatles
The Beatles

By 1967 the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's, hundreds of thousands of people were protesting the war, among other things, and we were led into 1968 when Reverend King was murdered. Bobby Kennedy was also murdered in 1968.
Robert Kennedy
Robert Kennedy


In Chicago thugs, apparently employed by govenmental agencies, beat news reporters trying to report on the Democratic National Convention, and protests held outside it.
Dan Rather Democratic National Convention
Dan Rather Democratic National Convention
I believe Dan Rather was one of the victims. CNN

In 1969 President Nixon took office; already 34,000 Americans had died in Viet Nam (and other areas?).

A terrifically funny comedy duo, who had already sold tons of records making folks laugh,called The Smothers Brothers, had a t.v. show cancelled.
The Smothers Brothers
The Smothers Brothers
Some folks said the show was subversive.
Ted Kennedy
Ted Kennedy

Ted Kennedy, Jack and Bobbie's younger brother, drove a car off a bridge and a young woman named Mary Jo Kopechne drowned. The bridge was called Chappaquidick.
Mary Jo
Mary Jo


In New Orleans, in 1969 Vice President Agnew said that those who disagreed with him (liberals, intellectuals, radicals), were creating “...[a] spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.”

While some folks went to a concert at a farm called
Woodstock
Woodstock
Woodstock, Charlie Manson
Charles Manson
Charles Manson
persuaded some folks to follow him, murder people for him,
Sharon Tate
Sharon Tate
and try to start a race riot between white people and black people, by painting horrible words in the blood of the victims.

Senator Fullbright released information that the administration had conducted war activities in Laos, without the permission of the Congress. And a young man named William Calley, a Leutenant
William Calley
William Calley
was named as one soldier, along with others of his unit, who may have murdered innocent women and children, more than 400 in Viet Nam.
Judy Garland with Toto
Judy Garland with Toto

Judy Garland, who once was Dorothy in Oz died, possibly of a drug overdose.
The years were passing by, and a lot of us were wondering if we would ever see Kansas, or home, again...

The next year the Chicago Seven
Orignally the Chicago 8
Orignally the Chicago 8
were found not guilty of starting the riots at the Chicago Democratic Convention, but Angela Davis was indicted on murder & conspiracy charge.
Angela Davis
Angela Davis


Two priests, who were brothers, Fathers Berrigan,
Fathers Berrigan
Fathers Berrigan
urged young people to burn their draft cards, and J. Edgar Hoover said they were plotting to kidnap Henry Kissinger and blow up a building. Canadian Broadcasting

A new decade, 1970, but things kept happening.
Kent State
Kent State
Four students were killed at Kent State University while protesting the invasion of Cabodia.
The Apollo 13 crew had said “Houston, we've got a problem.” Thankfully, they returned home safe.
Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin died at the age of 27. so did Jimi Hendrix.
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix


Mary Tyler Moore starred in a situation comedy following her popular acting in The Dick VanDyke show. Shockingly, she was a single woman.
Mary Tyler Moore statue
Mary Tyler Moore statue
CBS decided that the idea of her being a divorcee was still too controversial.
Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison

In 1971 the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18. And Jim Morrison died at 27.

In 1972 President Nixon traveled to China, George Wallace was shot, and John was married to Yoko. The INS was trying to deport him.

Five suspects were arrested for trying to record conversations at the Democratic National Committee offices at the Watergate. Attorney General John Mitchell resigned but Richard Nixon was elected President for a second term. The bombing of Viet Nam continued, but Henry Kissinger said peace was at hand. J. Edgar Hoover died at 77 years of age.

Former President Lydon Johnson passed away. Henry Kissinger became Secretary of State. Liddy and McCord were convicted in the Watergate burglary. H.R. Haldeman, John Erlichman, and John Dean joined them.
Eighteen and a half minutes of a tape recording in the President's office accidently disappeared, and the President said he was not a crook.

In 1974 Richard Nixon resigned from office, eliminating the need for impeachment. He was pardoned by his new Vice President, Garald Ford, who said, “The long national nightmare is over.”

Well, it was, sort of.
As Jerry Garcia once said, "What a long strange trip it's been”.

That wasn't all of it. Not the exact beginning or ending, and not everything in between....

But, for some of us, that was the background against which we lived our lives....And since then, it hasn't been too shabby
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Comment by Richard Bramwell

August 9th 2009 22:58
One must love the women of the Cabaret!

I lived through those years, and really appreciated the summary. Thanks!!

I hope you do not mind if I report a couple of typos:

—"...Kent State University while protesting the invasion of Cabodia."
"Cabodia"? That's just not right. Kampuchea is now more correct, but Cambodia is perhaps the proper name to use here.

—Similarly, you have "Former President Lydon Johnson passed away.
That should read "Lyndon" not "Lydon".

—Then we have, "President, Garald Ford, who said, “The long national nightmare is over.”
Clearly that should say "Gerald" Ford.

Since then, America's leadership has worsened and worsened, no matter whether lead by Republicans or Democrats.

Jimmy Carter brought in appeasement as the American 'standard' for foreign policy. He also initiated ACORN, and the Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac quango's, plus other policies creating easy-interest homes to those who may not be able to make their agreed upon payments. That insane economic intervention coupled with the Fed's 1% interest rates regardless of market interest values, wrought the mortgage crisis that snowballed onto Dubya and Obama in 2008-9.

Carter also 'allowed' Iranian terrorists to hold Americans hostage with no major repercussions. Ahmadinejad was one of the hostage takers. Now Iran has nuclear weaponry.

Reagan ushered in religion and oversaw a stunning expansion of government spending. Still, he called Russia the evil nation it was, and led to its collapse. Influenced by subsequent Presidents Russia is gaining credibility, even though it is a nation of extortion, gangs and graft.

GHW Bush (Sr.) used American forces against Iraq, which had invaded Kuwait to obtain and cut off America's oil interests in Kuwait. Those interests would not have existed were it not for American ingenuity and effort. The oil operations were NOT the property of the Arabs but of Americans. Nonetheless, the Arabs nationalized the oil systems, but that does not make those refineries Arabic, so America was only enforcing <b>important</b>, original contractual agreements with the Arabs.

Unfortunately, Bush Sr. only pushed Iraq back to original borders, leaving Iraq intact and ready to interfere with American interests at a later date. GHW Bush and Clinton did little or nothing about terrorist attacks on Americans (<b>250 per year</b> since 1970); those attacks were largely funded by Iran & Saudi Arabia), whilst expanding government intervention in Americans' lives.

Dubya Bush (the Jr.) introduced state funding of religion. Dubya dealt with the terror of 9/11 by pursuing the Al Qa'eda in Afghanistan and by eliminating Iraq as a threat to that action. Iraq was invaded because Iraq possessed WMDs (but gained time to ship them to Syria whilst Dubya waffled in search of international support) and would surely have sought to hamper American actions in Afghanistan. However. Dubya reneged on his promise not to engage in Nation Building, and did exactly that in Iraq. Al Qu'eda in Afghanistan, funded by Iranians and Saudis, and the real cause of 9/11, seemed to be forgotten. An incredible and costly, in American lives, strategic failure by Dubya!

Now, President Obama bows, obsequiously, before Saudi princes. Whilst forty years of idiot presidents at least believed they were doing good for America, America now has a president that resents the 'limitations' of the Constitution and seeks to convert America to a socialist nation akin to Sweden.

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