The 1960s Portal
The 1960s (pronounced "nineteen-sixties") was a decade of the Gregorian calendar that began on 1 January 1960, and ended on 31 December 1969.
The term "1960s" also refers to an era more often called the Sixties, denoting the complex of inter-related cultural and political trends around the globe. This "cultural decade" is more loosely defined than the actual decade, beginning around 1963 with the Kennedy assassination and ending around 1974 with the Watergate scandal.
was the spaceflight
the first humans on the Moon
, Americans Neil Armstrong
and Buzz Aldrin
, on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC
. Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56 UTC. Armstrong spent about two and a half hours outside the spacecraft, Aldrin slightly less, and together they collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material for return to Earth. A third member of the mission, Michael Collins
, piloted the command spacecraft
alone in lunar orbit until Armstrong and Aldrin returned to it just under a day later for the trip back to Earth. Launched by a Saturn V
rocket from Kennedy Space Center
in Merritt Island, Florida
, on July 16, Apollo 11 was the fifth manned mission of NASA
's Apollo program
. Broadcast on live TV to a world-wide audience, Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface and described the event as "one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Apollo 11 effectively ended the Space Race
and fulfilled a national goal proposed in 1961 by the late US President John F. Kennedy
in a speech before the United States Congress
, "before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."
In the 1960s, Carnaby Street in London was the center for trends and fashions.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
(January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the civil rights movement
. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights
using nonviolent civil disobedience
. King has become a national icon in the history of American progressivism
. A Baptist
minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott
and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
(SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia
, in 1962, and organized nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama
, that attracted national attention following television news coverage of the brutal police response. King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington
, where he delivered his "I Have a Dream
" speech. There, he established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history. King was assassinated
on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee
. His death was followed by riots in many U.S. cities