The 1960s was a turbulent decade filled with changed, and often confusion. The decade started off on a positive note with the election of John. F. Kennedy. Kennedy appealed to all
generations, but particularly to the younger generation, because of his charisma, good looks, and powerful rhetoric. He made promises for social change and was a pioneer in the space race and civil rights movement. Tragically he was assassinated in November of 1963.
The war in Vietnam started just a few years after Kennedy's death and became a sour note through out
the country, particularly at college campuses, where protests and sit-ins were a way of life. University of California, Berkeley, became famous for it's protests. In 1968 a group of students took over 5 buildings at Columbia University for seven days. The protest ended in a furry of violence between students and police. Another violent protest occurred in 1968 at the Democratic National Convention. The Yippies, led by Abby Hoffmann, caused a major
stir at the DNC and the streets once again erupted in violence between the police and young people.
Sadly 1968 was year of mourning for many when both Robert Kennedy, a promising politician and JFK's younger brother, and Martin Luther King Jr., a leader in the civil rights movement were both assassinated.
1969 ended on a happier note. Youth flocked to upstate New York to see their favorite musicians in a three day concert of indulgence. Most importantly, in that year, Neil Armstrong, became the first man on the moon.