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60 photos that capture summer in the '60s

  • 60 photos that capture summer in the '60s

    A lot happened in the 1960s. The Vietnam War dominated the headlines, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon both served in the Oval Office and Martin Luther King Jr. fought for civil rights. Before the organizational power of modern social media existed, a group of students protested segregation with the first-ever sit-in, and women’s rights activists created the Women’s Liberation Movement.

    War and protests may have marked the ‘60s, but it was also the era of Woodstock, miniskirts and rock ‘n’ roll. Snacks like Chips Ahoy! and Doritos made their debut, and athletes started fueling their games with Gatorade. The first man walked on the moon and innovations led to the the creation of the computer mouse and the modern internet.

    In honor of summer, Stacker looked back through news archives and historical sites to remember some of the most important months in an era that shaped the country’s political, cultural and technological landscape. Click through to see some of the most exciting events and trends from a decade that left a major mark on history.

    Related: Top 50 movies from the '60s.

  • U.S. troops in Vietnam

    The U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade was sent on a jungle ‘search and destroy’ patrol in Phuong Tuy Province, Vietnam in June of 1966. While conflict in Vietnam began in the 50s, President Lyndon B. Johnson escalated U.S. involvement by sending combat troops over in 1965.

  • “I Have a Dream” speech

    Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963. King was assassinated five years later on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • March on Washington

    Several hundred thousand Americans walk together for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom near the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963. 

  • Bob Dylan and Joan Baez

    Bob Dylan sings with Joan Baez during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28,1963. Dylan entered the music world shortly after dropping out of college in 1960, and signed a deal with Columbia Records in 1961.

  • Rolling Stones

    Members of The Rolling Stones are photographed in New York in the summer of 1964. The British rock group formed in 1962 and scored their first #1 hit in America with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in June of 1965.

  • Sammy Davis Jr.

    Sammy Davis Jr., American actor, dancer and singer, uses the “Jiffy-Gym,” an elastic chest expander, in June 1968. Davis was not only a popular performer of the ‘60s, he was active in the Civil Rights Movement and participated in the March on Washington in the summer of 1963.

  • Woodstock Festival

    A crowd gathers at the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in Bethel, N.Y., on the land of farm-owner Max Yasgur in August 1969. The festival organizers expected around 200,000 people, but close to half a million guests showed up for three days of music and mud.

  • Beetle nap

    Two Woodstock attendees nap on the roof of a Volkswagen Beetle.

  • Voting Rights Act

    U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson passes Martin Luther King Jr. a pen to sign the Voting Rights Act in Washington, D.C., on August 6, 1965.

  • Young love

    A couple hugs one another in Greenville, Mississippi, on July 15, 1967.