The Surrealistic Summer Solstice will be held June 21 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in front of the Conservatory of Flowers. JFK Drive will be closed that day to accommodate the vendors. Dusk to midnight. Free, but tickets are already gone.
Good news for some, but there is sour grapes brewing in the City of Love by the Bay.
It was fifty years ago when free love, peace and acid ruled the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco.
In that year artists, activists, writers, and musicians were all gathering with hopes of creating a new social paradigm. With as many as 100,000 young people from all over the nation, they used nearby Golden Gate Park as their playground.
When you leave Haight Street and cross into the park, the first big grassy field you find is what they call Hippy Hill now, and every April 20th there is a massive free smokeout for hippies and cannabis lovers. This year’s was bigger and happier than most, as California recently legalized cannabis for personal use by adults.
A decade ago there was a huge festival in Golden Gate Park to celebrate the Summer of Love, Paul Kantner and the Jefferson Airplane showed up and a grand party was had by all, with doves being released at 4:20 pm, It’s A Beautiful Day performed “White Bird”, and the music was fab. This year the city denied a permit to allow another celebration there.
So what else can one do to honor that time in celebration?
In San Francisco there will be an untold number of art gallery showings of photographs and other memorabilia from that time, some excellent outdoor music festivals and concerts here and there.
Running from April 8, 2017 – August 20, 2017 at the de Young Museum is The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll. Offering a collection of iconic rock posters, photographs, interactive music and light shows, costumes and textiles, ephemera, and avant-garde films this is something really groovy to behold. https://deyoung.famsf.org/summer-love-art-fashion-and-rock-roll
Haight Ashbury Street Fair (June 11, 2017) Since 1978, arts and crafts, food booths, three musical stages, a Family Area (Children’s Alley) and more. https://haightashburystreetfair.org/
There will be a Monterey Pop Festival celebrating 50 years since 1967 with a Three Day Music Festival Featuring Jack Johnson, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Leon Bridges, Norah Jones, The Head and the Heart, Father John Misty, Regina and others. June 16 – 18, 2017 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds – Monterey, CA https://montereypopfestival50.com/
San Francisco Pride (June 24 and 25, 2017) over 200 parade contingents and exhibitors, and more than 20 community-run stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest gathering of the LGBT community and its allies in the nation. Celebrations begin on Saturday, June 24 in Civic Center Plaza. The parade, Sunday, June 25, runs from Beale Street along Market and ends at Market and 8th Streets. https://www.sfpride.org/schedule/
Kool and the Gang, Eric Burdon and the Animals, and WAR, will be performing at the Stern Grove Festival (June 25 through August 27, 2017). https://www.sterngrove.org/
The Marin County Fair (June 30 through July 4) will be once again the greenest fair on earth, this year’s theme, “Let the Funshine In” is a tribute to the Summer of Love. https://www.marinfair.org/2017
The Fillmore Jazz Festival (July 1 and 2, 2017) “is the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 100,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend. From sunup to sundown, visitors can groove to the sounds of live music from multiple stages, browse the offerings of over 12 blocks of fine art and crafts and enjoy gourmet food and beverages.” https://www.fillmorejazzfestival.com/index.php
Jerry Day (August 6, 2017) is perhaps the most pertinent of the celebrations in San Francisco this year, celebrating Jerry Garcia, at The Jerry Garcia Amphitheater. https://www.jerryday.org/
The Outside Lands Music Festival (August 11 through 13, 2017) is a free outdoor scene in Golden Gate Park with music, food, wine, beer, art and comedy. https://www.sfoutsidelands.com/
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (October 6 through 8, 2017) is another free festival winding up the summer season, with seven stages of musicians playing just about everything. https://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/2016/schedule/
My hope is that San Francisco (and the Bay Area) always remains a safe haven of peace and love, where artists and thinkers can gather freely and creatively, especially through this summer.
Declaration of the Occupation of New York City
Posted on September 30, 2011 by NYCGA
THIS DOCUMENT WAS ACCEPTED BY THE NYC GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2011
As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass
injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write
so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world
can know that we are your allies.
As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of
the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system
must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to
the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their
neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the
people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the
people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the
process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when
corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over
justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have
peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.
They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace
based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual
They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to
get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the
press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products
endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save
people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that
have already turned a substantial profit.
They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have
participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. *
To the people of the world,
We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.
Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a
process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions
accessible to everyone.
To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of
direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the
resources at our disposal.
Join us and make your voices heard!
*These grievances are not all-inclusive.
JOIN THE PROTESTS! Go here https://occupywallst.org/ to find out where the protests are in your area.
Source for this document: https://nycga.cc/
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IN THE ‘BAY TO BREAKERS’ I MAKE THE RECORD BOOK BUT MARGO ST. JAMES ‘STREAKS’ TO ESTABLISHING AN INSTITUTION
From North Beach Leathers – Tailors to the Stars by Bill Morgan
Besides Carol, the other grand dame of North Beach in those days was Margo St. James. She liked to think of herself as more of a ‘working girl’ than a topless dancer but no one will ever forget how she packed the Condor on ‘Amateur Topless Night’ dressed up as a Nun. Yeah, and with the North Beach Catholic landmark, St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, a stone’s throw away, she purposely thumbed her nose to those ‘Papal hypocrites’ as she called them. She later walked her talk and went on to establish ‘The Hookers’ Ball’ (whose legacy is the present day popular annual ‘Erotic, Exotic Ball’) and the prostitute protection organization, COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics). Her class on ‘Women’s Sensuality’ (what women want sexually) at my Marina Greens Running Club, some years later, was standing room only, as Margo explained graphically the art of making love, highlighting female sexual sensations. With remembrances of Sausalito’s ‘Madam Mayor’ Sally Stanford in the 40’s, Margo narrowly missed out being elected City Supervisor by a handful of votes – a real loss for San Francisco because she would have been joining champion neighborhood feminist, supervisor Sue Bierman.
The memory for me that stands out by far of Margo goes back to May 16, 1965. Let’s travel back to that beautiful sunny Spring day: I remember I was way out in front, running like the wind through Golden Gate Park. I could smell victory intertwined with the fragrance of the Eucalyptus and Monterey Cypress trees that line JFK Drive. This was the seventy-fifth running of the Bay to Breakers, the biggest footrace in the world. Jeff Fishback, the Olympic steeplechaser and the guy who edged me out of the winner’s circle the previous year, was out of sight – this time behind me. I was about to wear the laurel wreath of victory.
You see, running was my thing, long before North Beach Leathers. In fact, running begot leather. As I previously explained, that year after winning the National title I ran in the World Championships in Brazil. Loving Rio, I returned as a buyer for Cost Plus and the leather for the first NBL jacket came from there.
But back to the Race: Jeff’s course record was history if I could maintain my blistering 4:45 per mile pace. It was at the Buffalo Field that I was taken aback. In front of me was another runner. In the mixture of confusion and fatigue I faltered with the thought of having to sprint to the finish line with this mysterious runner. I peered through my sweat stained sunglasses and noticed a shapely butt that looked familiar. Even more shocking was the fact that it was buck naked. I soon realized this nude runner was my friend and occasional lover, Margo St. James, playing one of her merry pranks. I had been to a party at Margo’s cool apartment on Telegraph Hill a few days earlier and she had hinted of a surprise for the Bay to Breakers. I hadn’t expected anything like this. Margo (one of the first fitness buffs) and I would occasionally workout together. She would pick me up at Cost Plus and we would go over to nearby Galileo High School, climb the locked gate and run on the grass field. After the workout Margo would drag me under the spectator stands for some extra curricular activities.
In this Bay to Breakers she had taken a big head start and at the Polo Fields, stripped down for the finish. Once I realized who she was, I relaxed and pulled up to Margo just before the course reaches the Pacific Ocean and the final turn down the Great Highway. “A blowjob if you break the record”, the wisecracking, crass, grand dame yelled out. I slapped her on her shapely tight tush as I sped by her, now in a full sprint to the finish. I ended up breaking Fishback’s time by forty seconds and established a record that would stand for eight years – something I will always cherish.
My feat, however, pales in comparison to Margo’s introducing to the Race a zany flavor that would continue to grow as the years went by until today when 100,000 persons participate, the big attraction is the weird outfits and especially the nude runners.
Needless to say, Bob de Celle and the other race officials were highly upset, but Margo slipped away into the bushes of Golden Gate Park, chuckling to herself I am sure. I never did collect the ‘trophy’ she promised me for breaking the course record.
In introducing a little zaniness to an otherwise serious endeavor, Margo made her mark on the whole fitness phenomenon that came out of the sixties. A case could be made that this movement of ‘Health and Well Being’ really started with the Bay to Breakers. Yes, President Kennedy, in seeing the horrible physical condition and lack of exercise of most Americans, both young and old, made an impassioned speech, urging the populace to exercise; however, it took a footrace in San Francisco and a band of fitness nuts like Margo, Pax Beale, Elaine Peterson, Walt Stack, and Jack Leydig, just to name a few, to launch the movement. Also, the motivational articles of newspaper writer Walt Daley inspired out of shape couch potatoes to get out on the trail and train for next year’s race. His sagas of people like blind Harry Cordellos running the eight miles across San Francisco or ninety five year old Dr. Paul Spangler jumping in the Ocean after sprinting the last mile couldn’t help but inspire the populace to heed JFK’s plea.
A further case could be made that the fitness/health movement that came out of San Francisco in the sixties was really born out of the 60’s Cultural Revolution which took place in the City by the Bay – one of the good and beautiful elements of which I spoke about. Along with free thinking, tolerance, creative expression, etc. there was the embracement of the concept of developing one’s mind and body. This was evidenced by the acceptance of Eastern health oriented ways and philosophies such as Yoga, Acupuncture, Zen, Meditation and Tai Chi. Many of my hippie friends got into running and actually it was they who carried on the zaniness that merry prankster Margo St. James started in the 1965 Race. No one, not even Jerry Garcia or Timothy Leary, was more hip than Margo.
About the author: Bill Morgan founded North Beach Leathers during San Francisco’s 1967 ‘Summer of Love’. He is the author of “North Beach Leathers –Tailors to the Stars” which documents his trials, tribulations and joys of turning the American populace on to premier leather fashions as well as NBL’s renowned interactions with the world’s celebrities.
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January – Bob Dylan, age 19 plays at the Wha
in Greenwich Village and visits Woody Guthrie in the Hospital
Jan – Civil rights demonstrations in Atlanta
Feb 1 – Four black students start sit-in at whites
only lunch counter in Greensboro S. Carolina
Feb 13 – France becomes the fourth nuclear power
Mar 15 – Lunch-counter sit-ins spread to 15 cities
in 5 southern states
May 6 – Civil Rights Act of 1960 signed by Eisenhower
July – Sidney Cohen’s survey of 5,000 individuals
who had taken LSD 25,000 times concludes it is safe
Aug 9 – Timothy Leary, 39, tries psilocybin mushrooms
Aug 10 – Antarctic Treaty creates peaceful scientific
Nov – JFK elected president.
Nov – Eisenhower warns the nation about
the Military-Industrial Complex and its power.
Nov 9 – Brian Epstein first sees the Beatles.
Dec – Birth Control Pills go on sale in
Jan 17 – Eisenhower warns of increasing power
of military-industrial complex
Feb 18 – Bertrand Russell, 89, leads march of
20,000 & sit-down of 5,000 anti-nuke outside U.K. Defense Ministry
and is jailed for 7 days
Mar – Richard Alpert (Ram Dass) takes psilocybin
as part of the Harvard Project
Mar 1 – John Kennedy initiates 17 billion dollar
nuclear missile program, increases military aid to Indochina & announces
creation of the Peace Corps
Apr 11 – Bob Dylan’s first billed performance
at Gerde’s Folk City
Apr 12 – Yuri Gagarin of the USSR is the first
man in space
Apr 25 – Bay of Pigs, Cuba U.S. planned invasion
is defeated by Castro
May 4 – Freedom Riders leave DC for a southern
tour to test integration in bus stations
May 28 – Amnesty International Founded
July – Ban The Bomb Demonstrations start worldwide
July 19 – First Telstar Satellite Live TV Transmission
across the Atlantic
Aug 13 – East German border guards begin construction
of Berlin Wall
Sept 15 – U.S. starts underground nuclear testing
Oct 6 – President Kennedy advises Americans to
build fallout shelters
Feb 16 – Boston SANE & fledgling SDS hold
first anti-nuclear march on Washington with 4000-8000 protesters
Apr 25 – U.S. resumes atmospheric nuclear testing
after 3 year moratorium
Sept – Timothy Leary founds International Foundation
for Internal Freedom (IFIF) to promote LSD research & publish The Psychedelic
Oct 22 – Cuban Missile Crisis – Soviet missile
bases in Cuba, Kennedy orders naval blockade.
Jan – Alabama Gov. Wallace’s Segregation Forever
speech at inauguration
Apr 3 – SCLC & volunteers stage sit-in in
Apr 12 – Martin Luther King & Ralph Abernathy
go to jail in Birmingham
Jun 11 – JFK Proposes the Civil Rights Bill
Jun 12 – Civil rights leader Medgar Evers assassinated.
July – Timothy Leary hosts Freedom House
groups in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, Dominica & then Antigua
July – Newport Folk Festival July 26-28, includes
Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs and Pete Seeger
Aug 5 – First Nuclear Test Ban Treaty signed
Aug 28 – Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream
speech, Wash DC Civil Rights March 1963, 200,000 attend
Aug 30 – U.S. -Soviet Hotline installed
Sept – Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, and other
Harvard alumni LSD researchers move to the Hitchcock’s estate in Millbrook,
Sept 24 – Nuclear Test Ban Treaty ratified by
Oct 10 – Nuclear Test Ban Treaty takes effect
Oct 13 – Beatles on TV at London Palladium.
15 million get to see them perform She Loves You and Twist and Shout.
Nov 22 – JFK Assassinated in Dallas, Texas, LBJ
Nov 22 – Aldous Huxley dies while tripping on
Nov 24 – LBJ escalates the Vietnam War
Nov 29 – Beatles I Want to Hold Your Hand Released
Jan 8 – LBJ declares War on Poverty in State
of the Union address
Jan 11 – U.S. Surgeon General declares cigarettes
cause lung disease
Jan 30 – New military junta takes over in South
Feb 7 – Beatles arrive in New York to 10,000
Feb 9 – Beatles first appear on Ed Sullivan Show,
74 million people watch, the largest audience in the history of television.
Apr 23 – Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl
May – Bob Dylan’s first visit to England, meets
The Beatles & Rolling Stones; turns The Beatles on to marijuana.
July – Millbrook LSD sessions with Timothy Leary
July – Ken Kesey’s First Magic Bus Trip to NY
July 2 – LBJ signs US Civil Rights Act: public
facilities opened to all
July 18 – Race riot in Harlem, NY
July 23 – Senate passes $947 million antipoverty
Aug – Ken Kesey & his Merry Pranksters visit
Timothy Leary & Richard Alpert at Millbrook.
Aug – Beatles first U.S. tour: 25 North American
Aug 4 – Three missing civil rights workers found
dead in Mississippi
Aug 11 – Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night movie released
Aug 20 – LBJ signs anti-poverty program
Aug 23 – Beatles Hollywood Bowl concert
Aug 28 – Race riots in Philadelphia
Aug 31 – LBJ signs food stamp bill
Oct 14 – Martin Luther King Jr. wins Nobel Peace
Dec 10 – Martin Luther King awarded Nobel Peace
Time Mag calls young people generation of conformists
Jan 4 – President Johnson outlines Great Society
Feb – Martin Luther King Jr. and 770 other protesters arrested in Selma,
Alabama for picketing county courthouse to end discrim voting rights
Feb 8 – U.S. starts bombing North Vietnam
Feb 18 – Sect. of Defense Robert McNamara calls for nationwide
network of bomb shelters
Feb 21 – Malcolm X shot and killed
Mar 3 – Owsley starts LSD factory, making large quantities of acid
available for the first time
Mar 6 – First American soldier officially sets foot on Vietnam battlefields
Mar 7 – Alabama state troopers attack 525 civil rights workers as they
prepare to march
Mar 8 – 3,500 Marines land to protect Da Nang air base
Mar 16 – Quaker Alice Herz, 82, immolates self in Detroit in protest
of the Vietnam war
Mar 16 – Police break-up demonstration of 600 in Montgomery, Alabama
Mar 17 – 1,600 people demonstrate at Montgomery, Alabama courthouse
Mar 21 – Martin Luther King Jr. leads march from Selma to Montgomery,
Alabama joined by 25,000 marchers
Mar 24 – SDS organizes first Vietnam War teach-in at Univ. of Michigan
3000 show up
Mar 25 – Civil rights worker shot and killed by KKK in Alabama
Mar 28 – Martin Luther King calls for boycott of Alabama on TV
Apr – 25,000 U.S. troops stationed in Vietnam
Apr 2 – Ken Kesey busted for marijuana first time
Apr 17 – SDS leads first anti-Vietwar march in Washington. 25,000 attend
including Phil Ochs, Joan Baez and Judy Collins
Jun 11 – Beatles awarded the MBE by the Queen
July 8 – Chicago school integration protests
July 10 – Rolling Stones’ I Can’t Get No Satisfaction #1
July 24 – Bob Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone enters charts
July 25 – Dylan goes Rock at Newport Folk Festival
July 30 – LBJ signs Medicare bill
Aug – Ken Kesey meets Hunter Thompson who introduces the Hells Angels
to the Merry Pranksters; Alan Ginsberg & Richard Alpert are at the
Aug 11 – Major race riot (6 days) in Watts, leaves 35 dead
Aug 13 – Nat’l Guard enters Watts riots in L.A.
Aug 14 – Sonny and Cher release I Got You Babe
Aug 23 – Premiere of Beatles’ Help!
Aug 31 – Burning draft cards becomes illegal
Sept 5 – San Francisco writer Michael Fallon applies the term hippie
to the SF counterculture in an article about the Blue Unicorn coffeehouse
where LEMAR (Legalize Marijuana) & the Sexual Freedom League meet,
& hippie houses.
Sept 25 – “Eve of Destruction”, sang by Barry McGuire top of the charts
Oct 1 – Anti-pollution bill sets emission standards for cars
Oct 16 – 100,000 anti-war protesters nationwide in 80 cities
Nov – Unsafe at Any Speed about the automobile industry’s disregard
for safety, published by Ralph Nader.
Nov 22 – Bob Dylan marries Sarah Lowndes & moves to Woodstock,
Dec 25 – Timothy Leary busted for pot at the Mexican border
Jan 3 – The Psychedelic Shop head shop opens on Haight Street, S.F.
Jan 14 – March on Atlanta to protest ouster of Julian Bond
Jan 17 – B52 collides, drops 4 10-megaton H bombs on Spain, none explode,
Jan 20 – Ken Kesey busted again with Mountain Girl on the roof.
Jan 21 – First light show, Grateful Dead, 10,000 people in S.F.
Feb 19 – Jefferson Airplane and Big Brother and the Holding Company
with Janis Joplin perform at the Fillmore
Mar 3 – GI Bill grants veterans rights to education, housing, health
Mar 11 – Timothy Leary sentenced in Texas to 30 years for trying
to cross into Mexico with a small amount of marijuana
Mar 25 – Anti-Vietnam war protests in NY bring out 25,000 on 5th Ave.
Other protests in 7 US cities and 7 foreign cities.
Apr – FBI releases file on LSD, drug gets bad press
Apr – 30 Mississippi blacks build tent city under President Johnson’s
window to protest housing conditions in their state
Apr – Discotheques are the rage in NY and LA. Andy Warhol puts on light
Apr 7 – Sandoz stops supplying LSD to researchers
Apr 12 – NY Stock Exchange hit with anti-war leaflets
Apr 16 – Timothy Leary busted at Millbrook by G. Gordon Liddy &
FBI for possession of marijuana
May 15 – Antiwar demonstration in D.C., 10,000 attend
July 29 – Bob Dylan’s motorcycle accident
Aug 5 – Lennon says Beatles more popular than Jesus
Aug 18 – Red Guard begins to wipe out western influence in China
Sept – George Harrison goes to India for 6 weeks to study sitar with
Sept – Timothy Leary holds press conference at NY Advertising Club
announcing formation of a psychedelic religion – League for Spiritual Discovery
(Turn on, tune in, drop out) & starts nightly presentations at the
Nov 5 – Walk for Love and Peace and Freedom: 10,000 + in New York City
Dec – Cream’s first album: Fresh Cream released. Eric Clapton,
Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker.
Jan 14 – Gathering of the Tribes, First Human Be-In, 20,000, S.F.
Jan 27 – US, USSR, UK sign treaty banning nuclear weapons in
Feb – 25,000 US troops sent to Cambodian border
Feb – Beatles release Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane, Michelle,
Mar – Scientist report LSD causes chromosome damage (never validated).
Mar – The Berkeley Barb starts the smokable banana rumor (based upon
Donovan’s song Mellow Yellow)
Mar 3 – Alice B. Toklas dies
Mar 18 – First U.S. supertanker wreck. Torrey Canyon spills 90,000
tons of oil onto English shores
Mar 26 – Be-In at Central Park in NY. 10,000 attend
Apr 5 – Grayline starts hippie tours of Haight/Ashbury
Apr 10 – Vietnam Week starts. Draft card burnings and anti-draft
Apr 15 – Anti-Vietnam War protest. 400,000 march from Central Park
to UN. Speeches by Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael and Dr. Benjamin
May – Paul McCartney announces that all the Beatles have dropped acid.
May 19 – First U.S. air strike on Hanoi
May 20 – Flower Power Day in NYC 1967
Jun 2 – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album by the Beatles
Jun 16 – Monterey Pop Festival
Jun 21 – Summer Solstice Party in Golden Gate Park
Jun 25 – Beatles sing All You Need Is Love on TV 1967
Jun 30 – 448,400 US troops now in Vietnam
July – The Summer of Love in San Francisco
July – Summer of Rioting in the US. Blacks take to the streets
in Chicago, Brooklyn, Cleveland and Baltimore
July 1 – Sgt. Pepper hits #1
July 11 – Newark riots start long hot summer
July 24 – 43 Die in Detroit rioting, worst in U.S. history
July 26 – H. Rap Brown arrested for inciting a riot in Maryland
July 29 – Door’s Light My Fire and Procol Harem’s Whiter Shade of Pale
vie for #1
Aug 26 – Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced hits the charts
Aug 27 – Beatles in India with Maharishi informed of Brian Epstein’s
Sept – Richard Alpert meets Bhagwan Dass at the Blue Tibetan in Katmandu,
stays in India & follows him until he meets his guru.
Sept 15 – Donovan performs at the Hollywood Bowl
Oct 3 – Woody Guthrie dies
Oct 8 – Che Guevarra killed in Bolivia by US-trained troops
Oct 12 – Big Brother and the Holding Company’s Cheap Thrills with Janis
Joplin at top of LP charts.
Oct 20 – Seven KKK members convicted of conspiracy in 1964 murders
of three civil rights worker
Oct 21-22 – Anti-war protesters storm the Pentagon
Oct 21 – Diggers exorcise the Pentagon. 35,000 Demonstrate,
Oct 26 – Draft deferments eliminated for those who violate draft laws
or interfere with recruitment
Nov 14 – Air Quality Act provides $428 million to fight air pollution
Nov 20 – National Commission on Product Safety established
Dec – Beatles release Magical Mystery Tour
Dec – 486,000 American troops in Vietnam, of the 15,000 killed to date,
60% died in 1967.
Dec – Stop the Draft movement organized by 40 antiwar groups, nationwide
Dec 5 – 1000 antiwar protesters try to close NYC induction center.
585 arrested including Allen Ginsberg and Dr. Benjamin Spock
Dec 5 – Beatles open Apple Shop in London
Dec 8 – Otis Redding records Dock of the Bay
Dec 10 – Otis Redding dies in plane crash
Dec 22 – Owsley busted, stops making acid
Dec 31 – Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Paul Krassner, Dick Gregory, &
friends pronounce themselves Yippies
Jan 16 – Youth International Party (Yippies) founded
Jan 18 – Eartha Kitt visiting LBJ at White House speaks out against
Jan 22 – B-52 carrying H-bomb crashes in Greenland
Jan 23 – USS Pueblo seized by Korea
Jan 31 – Viet Cong launch Tet Offensive
Feb – Timothy Leary evicted from Millbrook house
Feb – Beatles go to India to visit Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at Rishikesh
on the Ganges river. Mia Farrow, Donovan follow.
Feb 8 – George Wallace announce candidacy for President on law and
Mar 12 – Eugene McCarthy wins 42% of New Hampshire vote in presidential
Mar 16 – My Lai massacre 200 – 500 Vietnamese villagers killed
Mar 16 – Robert F. Kennedy announces candidacy for President
Mar 31 – LBJ announces decision not to run again and offers partial
Vietnam bombing halt
Apr 4 – Martin Luther King shot and killed in Memphis
Apr – The week following Martin Luther King Jr.’s murder sees black
uprisings in 125 cities across the U.S.
Apr 6 – Oakland Police ambush Black Panthers. Eldridge Cleaver arrested
with a bullet-shattered leg. Bobby Hutton shot and killed.
Apr 8 – Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs established (DEA)
Apr 11 – LBJ signs civil rights bill banning housing discrimination
Apr 11 – Major call-up of reserves for duty in Vietnam
Apr 14 – Love-in at Malibu Canyon, Calif.
Apr 15 – Start of Spring Mobilization against the Vietnam war
Apr 23 – SDS lead students take over 5 buildings at Colombia Univ for
a week. 700 arrested
Apr 24 – 300 Black students occupy admin. building at Boston Univ.
demanding black studies and financial aid
Apr 25 – Paul Horn records in the Taj Mahal
Apr 29 – The rock musical HAIR opened on Broadway at the Biltmore Theater
May 10 – Vietnam peace talks begin in Paris
Jun 3 – Andy Warhol shot by woman
Jun 5 – Bobby Kennedy assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan moments after winning
Jun 14 – Dr. Benjamin Spock convicted of conspiracy to abet draft evasion
July 1 – Nuclear nonproliferation treaty signed by 61 nations
Aug 1 – 541,000 U.S. Troops in Vietnam
August 3, 1968 – The first Newport Pop Festival in Costa Mesa, California to an audience of over 100,000 people. Performers include Steppenwolf, Jefferson Airplane, Sonny & Cher, Tiny Tim, the Byrds, Iron Butterfly, The Grateful Dead and Eric Burdon & the Animals.
Aug 8 – Nixon and Agnew nominated during Miami riots
Aug 20 – Soviets invade Czechoslovakia
August 25-29 – Democratic Convention in Chicago demonstrations
& police riot 10,000 +/- demonstrators vs. 11,000 Chicago police;
6,000 National Guard; 7,500 U.S. army troops; and 1,000 FBI, CIA &
other services agents (Humphrey nominated on platform supporting
Aug 28 – Humphrey and Muskie nominated amid violent antiwar protests
in Chicago. Bystanders and press also beaten by police
Oct 18 – John & Yoko Busted
Nov – First Whole Earth Catalog published by Stewart Brand.
Nov 5 – Nixon elected President, Spiro T. Agnew, VP
Nov 6 – Student Strike at SF State
Jan 28 – Santa Barbara, Ca. oil well blowout
Feb – Massive strike at U.C. Berkeley for ethnic studies
Feb 11 – 200 students smash computers with axes & set computer
center on fire during sit-in protesting prof’s racism at St. George Williams
Feb 13 – 33 students arrested at admin bldg sit-in at Univ of Mass.
Feb 18 – Students seize building and boycott started at Howard
Feb 24 – Students occupy Admin bldg at Penn State
Feb 27 – Police charge student picket lines, club and arrest two Chicano
leaders at U.C. Berkeley
Feb 27 – Thousands rampage thru nine buildings at U of Wisconsin, Madison
over black enrollments
Mar 12 – Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman
Mar 20 – John & Yoko fly to Gibraltar, get married then fly
to Amsterdam for one week lie-in for peace
Mar 20 – James Earl Ray sentenced to 99 years for murder of Martin
Luther King Jr.
Apr – 543,000 US troops now in Vietnam
Apr 4 – Smothers Brothers tv show canceled because it is too controversial
Apr 9 – 300 Harvard students led by SDS seize Univ Hall and evict eight
Apr 10 – Police called into Harvard, 37 injured, 200 arrested
Apr 11 – Start of 3 day student strike at Harvard
Apr 22 – Harvard faculty votes to create black studies program &
give students vote in selection of its faculty
Apr 22 – City College of NY closed after black & Puerto Rican students
lock selves inside asking higher minority enrollment
Apr 23 – Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death for murder of Bobby Kennedy
Apr 24 – U.S. B-52s launch biggest attack on North Vietnam. Protests
in 40 cities
May 15 – Hippies in People’s Park in Berkeley attacked by police and
July – Stephen Gaskin starts The Farm commune in Tennessee.
July 3 – Brian Jones of Rolling Stones dies
July 14 – Easy Rider premieres
July 20 – Men walk on the Moon
July 27 – Police raid on gay bar in Greenwich Village, NYC results
in Stonewall Uprising. 2000 protesters battle 400 police, start of Gay
Aug – Blind Faith forms, with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker from Cream
and Steve Winwood from Traffic.
Aug 9 – Sharon Tate & LaBiancas found murdered by Charles Manson
August 15 – 17 WOODSTOCK Festival 500,000 people gathered for three
days of music and peace that changed the world
Aug 24 – Movie ‘Alice’s Restaurant released with Arlo Guthrie
Aug 26 – FBI reports 98% increase in marijuana arrests from 1966 –
Sept 3 – Ho Chi Min, leader of North Vietnam, dies
Sept 24 – Chicago Eight trial begins. Tom Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry
Rubin et. al charged with conspiracy to incite riots
Oct – Is Paul dead? Beatles controversy
Oct 8-11 – The Weatherman Days of Rage
Oct 15 – Peace Day. 500,000 protesters nationwide. First Vietnam Moratorium
Oct 21 – Jack Kerouac, beat author of On the Road dies.
Oct 30 – Supreme Court orders desegregation nationwide
Nov 15 – 500,000 + march in Wash. DC for peace. Largest antiwar rally
in U.S. history. Speakers: McCarthy, McGovern, Coretta King, Dick Gregory,
Leonard Bernstein. Singers: Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul, &
Mary, John Denver, Mitch Miller, touring cast of Hair
Nov 17 – First round of SALT talks in Helsinki
Nov 20 – 78 American Indians seize Alcatraz Island and demand its return
Nov 20 – DDT use banned in residential areas
Nov 24 – Lt. William Calley charged with murdering 102 So. Vietnamese
civilians at My Lai
Nov 25 – President Nixon orders all US germ warfare stockpiles destroyed
Dec – Over 100,000 US troops dead or injured in Vietnam.
Dec 1 – First draft lottery since W.W.II held in NYC
Dec 8 – Raid on Black Panther headquarters in LA – four hour shoot-out
Dec 24 – Rolling Stones Altamont concert erupts in violence, one
January 1 – Nixon signs National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Feb – Timothy Leary sentenced to 10 years for Texas/Mex marijuana bust
Feb 4 – Riot in Isla Vista, Calif. protesting Chicago verdicts
Feb 4 – President Nixon proposes environmental cleanup – EPA
Feb 18 – Chicago Seven acquitted of conspiracy charges
Feb 19 – Chicago Seven Trial verdict: Dellinger, Davis, Hayden, Hoffman,
& Rubin found guilty of crossing state lines to incite riot
Feb 19 – Explosions in 3 office buildings in NY; and in Calif; Wash;
Maryland; Mich, possibly done by the Weathermen
Feb 25 – Isla Vista Riots, Santa Barbara Bank of America bombed
Feb 26 – U.S. Army discontinues surveillance of civilian demonstrations
and files of demonstrators
Mar 6 – Three Weathermen blow themselves up in Greenwich Village, NY
Apr 1 – Cigarette advertising banned on radio and TV
Apr 7 – Referring to student unrest, Ronald Reagan, Gov. of Calif:
If it takes a bloodbath, let’s get it over with.
Apr 10 – Paul McCartney announces breakup of Beatles
Apr 22 – First Earth Day. Millions participate
Apr 30 – Nixon sends troops into Cambodia
May 4 – Four College Students Killed by National Guard at Kent State
May 5 – Nuclear nonproliferation treaty takes effect
May 8 – Construction workers attack antiwar demonstrators, Wall St.,
May 9 – 100,000 attend antiwar rally, Wash. D.C.
May 14 – Police kill two at Jackson State during violent student demonstrations
Jun 15 – Supreme Court OKs conscientious objector status on moral grounds
Jun 18 – U.S. voting age lowered to 18, now old enough to kill and
(see Mar 23, 1971?)
June 11 – Daniel Berrigan arrested by FBI for kidnapping/bombing conspiracy
Sept 12 – Timothy Leary escapes prison (San Luis Obispo) with help
from the Weather Underground, joins Eldridge Cleaver in Algiers.
Sept 18 – Jimi Hendrix dead at age 27
Oct 4 – Janis Joplin dies
Oct 13 – Angela Davis arrested on kidnapping, murder and conspiracy
Dec – Paul McCartney sues to dissolve Beatles.
Dec 2 – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) activated
Jan 7 – DDT use outlawed by U.S. Court of Appeals
Jan 12 – Rev. Philip Berrigan and 5 others indicted for conspiracy
to kidnap Henry Kissinger and bomb federal buildings
Jan 12 – Ralph Nader forms Earth Act group
Jan 25 – Charles Manson and followers found guilty of murder
Jan 25 – Supreme Court makes first decision against sexual discrimination
Mar 1 – Bomb explodes in Capitol men’s room. Weather Underground claims
responsibility in retaliation for the Laos decision
Mar 1 – U.S. stops licensing commercial whale hunters
Mar 8 – Supreme Court rules that objection to a particular war is not
sufficient grounds for conscientious objection
Mar 23 – Congress votes to lower voting age to 18
Mar 29 – Lt. Calley convicted for My Lai massacre
Mar 29 – Charles Manson, et al sentenced to death after
longest trial in Calif. history
Apr 19 – Over 1000 Veterans demonstrate against the Vietnam
war in Wash D.C., throwing their medals over the Capitol fence
Apr 20 – School busing upheld to end segregation by Supreme Court
Apr 23 – Vietnam veterans return medals and ribbons in antiwar protest
Apr 24 – Over 350,000 Veterans march in Wash D.C. and SF to protest
war in Vietnam
Apr 26 – 50,000 demonstrators in Washington D.C. set up Algonquin
May 3 – May Day antiwar protest, Wash. D.C.
May 11 – Indian occupation of Alcatraz ends after 19 months
Jun 13 – Pentagon Papers appear in NY Times
July 3 – Jim Morrison of The Doors dies in Paris
Nov – Nixon starts withdrawing troops from Vietnam.
Dec. – Greenpeace founded in Vancouver, Canada
Jan 25 – Shirley Chisholm first black woman to run for President
Feb – Life Magazine states: Today’s high school generation is interested
security, stability, & comfort.
Feb 24 – After 16 months in prison, Angela Davis is released
Mar – Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) passes Congress
Mar 22 – 13-member National Commission on Marijuana & Drug Abuse
recommends legalization of marijuana
Mar 22 – Equal Rights Amendment prohibiting sex discrimination passes
Mar 30 – North Vietnamese launch massive attack. Troops go south through
the DMZ into South Vietnam, U.S. resumes bombing
Apr 10 – Biological Warfare Treaty signed by U.S. and 120 nations
Apr 15 – President Nixon & Canada P.M. Pierre Trudeau sign pact
to clean up Great Lakes
May 2 – FBI director J. Edgar Hoover Dies
May 9 – President Nixon orders mining of N. Vietnam’s ports
May 15 – Gov. George Wallace shot during primary campaign in Maryland
May 18 – Margaret Kuhn start Gray Panthers to protest discrimination
May 22 – Nixon makes first U.S. presidential trip to Moscow
May 26 – U.S. and USSR freeze nuclear weapons at current level
Jun 14 – EPA bans DDT in the USA
Jun 17 – Watergate Break-In
Jun 29 – Supreme Court rules state death penalties unconstitutional
– cruel and unusual punishment
July – First Rainbow Gathering in Colorado
July 1 – Gloria Steinem launches feminist magazine, Ms.
July 10 – Democratic Convention nominates George McGovern for president
of the United States
Aug 11 – Last U.S. military unit in Vietnam withdrawn
Aug 18 – Water Pollution Control Act passed by Congress over Nixon’s
Aug 21 – Republican National Convention nominates Nixon and Agnew again
Aug 23 – 1100 antiwar protest arrested outside Republican Nat’l Convention
Aug 28 – Consumer Product Safety Commision established
Sept 5 – Arabs kill Israeli athletes at Munich Olympics
Nov 13 – U.S. and 90 countries sign Int’l Oceanic Pollution pact
Dec 18 – Full scale bombing of N. Vietnam resumes
Jan 27 – Vietnam ceasefire agreement signed after 58,000 US casualties,
U.S. military draft ends
Jan 30 – McCord and Liddy found guilty of Watergate burglary &
Feb 28 – 250 American Indians (AIM) occupy Wounded Knee
Mar 29 – Last American troops withdrawn from Vietnam
Apr 16 – US bombs Laos
Apr 30 – Nixon accepts resignation of H.R. Haldeman & John Ehrlichman
& fires John Dean. Nixon denies knowledge of break-in or cover-up
July 20 – Senate subpoenas Watergate tapes
Aug 8 – Nixon Resigns amid Watergate scandal
Oct 10 – Spiro Agnew resigns
Oct 16 – Kissinger awarded Nobel Peace Prize
Oct 23 – Nixon Impeachment begins (note Aug 8!)
Nov – Congress passes Freedom of Information act.
Nov 7 – War Powers Act passed over Nixon’s veto – requires Congressional
approval for military actions over 60 days
Nov 9 – Six Watergate defendants sentenced
Feb 4 – Patty Hearst, 19, kidnapped by the SLA (Symbionese Liberation
Feb 12 – SLA demands that Randolph Hearst begin food distribution to
Apr 1 – Jane Fonda arrives in Vietnam on second visit
Apr 15 – Patricia Hearst participates in bank robbery with SLA members
May 17 – SLA shoot-out in LA
July 30 – Two articles of impeachment voted against President Nixon
Sept 4 – Nixon pardoned by President Ford
Sept 7 – CIA operation against Chile’s Marxist Govt. disclosed
Sept 16 – President Ford announces conditional pardon for draft evaders
Nov 21 – Freedom of Information Act passed over President Ford’s veto
Dec 21 – NY Times reports on CIA illegal domestic activities during
Apr 17 – Khmer Rouge takes over Cambodia
Apr 30 – Fall of Saigon North Vietnamese troops enter Saigon
Sept 18 – Patty Hearst caputured in SF
Nov 20 – CIA and FBI charged with illegal surveillance of US Citizens
and plotting to assassinate foreign leaders
Feb 12 – Production of Red Dye No. 2 banned
May 2 – 2000 members of Clamshell alliance occupy site of nuclear reactor
in Seabrook, NH, 1400 arrested
Jun 6 – Washington Post reports U.S. developing neutron bomb
Jun 15 – Tellico Dam project in Tennessee halted by snail darter per
Endangered Species Act
July 18 – American Indian Movement (AIM) leads march from Alcatraz
to Wash D.C. to protest legislation depriving Indian land rights
Feb 1 – Patty Hearst released from jail
Mar 28 – Three Mile Island Radiation Accident
Sept 23 – 200,000 in NYC for nuclear weapons protest
Dec 8 – John Lennon murdered outside his apartment entrance in NYC.
May 11 – Death of Bob Marley from brain cancer.
Apr 26 – Chernobyl Nuclear accident in Soviet Union.
Aug 9 – Jerry Garcia RIP 1995 @ 53
May 31 – Timothy Leary’s Dead or so it seems…
Apr 5 – Allen Ginsberg dies
Jan 5 – Sonny Bono dies in ski accident
Nov 30 – George Harrison Dead at 58
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