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Important events of the 1960s in a montage

The 1960s was the seventh decade of the 20th century and lasted from 1960 to 1969.

It was the time of the Vietnam War, the student movement, and the sexual revolution.


Napalm use in the Vietnam War
Transistor radio: Nordmende Stradella 1960 with MW / VHF

Cultural history

Flower power car (from Triumph )
An IBM System 360/20 , the age of mainframes
Panton chair designed in 1967 by Verner Panton
Visitors to the Woodstock Festival

watch TV

See also: Chronology of television 1950 to 1969 and history of television in Germany



Film series

Individual contributions internationally

See also below at Oscar winners

Individual contributions national

Oscar winner

Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival

See also: List of film years (events from the world of film, sorted by year)

Popular music and jazz

The most influential band of the 1960s were the Beatles


See also: Rock Music of the 1960s and Schlager - The 1960s - Breakdown of Schlager and Pop Music

Relevant publications


(selected by Rolling Stone )


Image description

The lead picture on the subject of the sixties

The following can be seen on this picture (line by line from left to right):

  1. An emergency UN Security Council meeting during the Cuban Missile Crisis . In the opinion of many commentators and historians, the world was on the brink of World War III .
  2. Infantrymen and a military helicopter in the Vietnam War , which the superpower USA is waging increasingly massive this decade. The protest against it in Europe is closely linked to the 1968 movement .
  3. An explosive explosion during the Six Day War . The Middle East conflict has remained a dominant issue in world politics for decades.
  4. Protest at the 1968 Olympic Games during an award ceremony for American athletes.
  5. The “ pill ” is becoming a common family planning tool .
  6. Martin Luther King at his " I Have a Dream " speech
  7. The Beatles
  8. Apollo 11 : People on the Moon (July 21, 1969 at 2:56 UTC )

Personalities (selection)

John F. Kennedy and Wernher von Braun
Martin Luther King


Writers, artists and intellectuals

Popular music and jazz

Bob Dylan, 1963




  • Werner Pieper (Ed.): Everything seemed possible ... 60 sixty-year-olds about the 60s and what became of them . Der Grüne Zweig 252, Löhrbach 2006. ( ISBN 978-3-925817-52-6 )
  • Kurt Holl and Claudia Glunz (eds.): 1968 on the Rhine: Satisfaction and resting traffic . 2007, ISBN 978-3-932050-11-4 .
  • Albrecht Geck : The Federal Republic in the 1960s and 1970s - A general orientation with a focus on the history of theology. In: Siegfried Hermle, Jürgen Kampmann (Ed.): The evangelical movement in Württemberg and Westphalia. Beginnings and Effects , Contributions to the Westphalian Church History 39, Bielefeld (Luther-Verlag) 2012, pp. 25–41.

Web links

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