Top Ten Most Memorable Moments of the 60s

Ahh...the Swinging Sixties... The most talked about decade in history; mainly for music and fashion, but other events happened which will be remembered for an eternity - not ALL good, but definitely unforgettable... If you know of other memorable 60's events you feel should be here, please feel free to add, or vote for an existing item.

The Top Ten

1 Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to land on the moon (1969)

A moment we can all believe to be always remembered. - ParasN2000

"One small step for man, a giant leap in mankind"
~ Neil Armstrong

The Soviets have Yuri Gagarin as their poster child of communist advancements in space exploration while Armstrong is America's antithesis to that. - Bolshoy_Brat

2 Assassination of JFK (1963)

And this is when the years of American optimism of the 50s died with Kennedy dying along with it. - Bolshoy_Brat

Hard to choose between your top 3. Great list! - THC13

*psst* I heard that the CIA was involved in the Assassination of JFK. - Kevinsidis

3 Martin Luther King Jr. makes his "I Have a Dream" speech (1963)
4 The Beatles records their first single (1962)

Love Me Do.
Yes, I do indeed! What a moment in English history, and eventually the world. That song sparked World Domination. Ok, maybe not quite "World Domination" but it DID have a pretty powerful effect on Planet Earth (musically, at least). - Britgirl

5 Birth control pill approved (1960)

Still don’t get why they thought birth control pills were bad. - Not_A_Weeaboo

Now We in America need to legalize Peyote and LSD... The Legal Pot thing is Great!... Then legalize the legal Sex trade... America would be Really Cool... We are Starting to Chill... That's what the 60s was about... Being Happy 😀

6 First James Bond film, Dr. No, released (1962)
7 Marilyn Monroe dies (1962)
8 The Berlin Wall built (1961)
9 Nelson Mandela sentenced to life in prison (1964)
10 England wins the World Cup (1966)

Yah...I added this last, on the realisation that it's only a half of England who actually gives a whatever. And whether you agree / disagree, like it or not, it was a very memorable moment of the 60's. Do I care? Well, that depends on how many English football fans are reading this. Umm...yah, I'm pretty proud of them ;). - Britgirl

The Contenders

11 The Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show (1964)

And the USA was never the same again - Billyv

12 The Civil Rights Act is Passed in the US (1964)
13 Roger Maris breaks Babe Ruth's long standing HR record, with 61 (1961)
14 Yuri Gagarin Becomes 1st Man in Space (1961)
15 The Social Security Act, creating Medicare and Medicaid, is passed in the US (1965)
16 Seventeen African nations declare their independence (1960)
17 Tet Offensive (Vietnam War 1968)
18 Prague Spring (1968)

The list is heavily America-oriented, I have to admit but this must be one of the more defining features of the decade. A bunch of reformist in Prague tries to instate democratic reforms under a socialist system but it is met with an invasion by the USSR and Warsaw Pact nations. This event really divided the international socialist left and soured the Soviet image of anti-imperialism. - Bolshoy_Brat

19 Chaos at the U.S. Democratic National Convention in Chicago (1968)
20 Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1968)
21 Assassination of RFK (1968)
22 Woodstock Festival (1969)
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1. Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to land on the moon (1969)
2. Assassination of JFK (1963)
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