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The Summer of Love: Selections from the Sixties & a timeline of 1967

The Summer of Love and the 1960's: Items from Our Material Collections

  • Arcadia
  • Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music (DVD)
  • Do You Believe in Magic? (DVD)
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (The Beatles-- CD)
  • The Art of Protest (Reed)
  • The Road to Woodstock
  • Summer of Love (Selvin)
  • The Eaves of Heaven : a Life in Three Wars
  • How the Hippies Saved Physics
  • The Girls
  • Funny Girl
  • The Man from Saigon
  • The Sixties (DVD)
  • The American Experience in Vietnam
  • Surrealistic Pillow (Jefferson Airplane – CD)
  • Jimi Hendrix: Woodstock (CD)
  • The Complete Monterey Pop Festival (CD)

The Summer of Love and the 1960's: Items from Our Digital Collections

  • Beatles - The Journey
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash [With Bonus Tracks]
  • 1967 Red Sox : The Impossible Dream Season
  • Live at the Fillmore East and West
  • Hendrix, The Movie
  • Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll : The Rise of America's 1960s Counterculture
  • Buffalo Springfield Again
  • Radio Tales for the Road, Volume One
  • A Strange Stirring : the Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s
  • The Beatles
  • Vietnam - A Musical Retrospective
  • The Wednesday Sisters : A Novel
  • Room Full of Mirrors
  • Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • Small Town Talk
  • The Liberal Hour : Washington and the Politics of Change in the 1960s
  • BeatlesTalk
  • 1960s Counterculture : Documents Decoded
  • Beatles Chillout
  • Edge of Eternity : The Century Trilogy, Book 3

The books and music above are available to cardholders with accounts on Hoopla and/or Overdrive. These accounts are easy to set up; sign up online at the respective websites, or ask a Reference Librarian for assistance.


January 1

The Black Panther Party opens its first office on Grove Street in Oakland, CA.

January 2 

Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as the new governor of California.

Image of Governor Ronald Reagan of California, 1968.

January 14

The Human Be-In takes place in Golden Gate State Park in San Francisco

January 15

The Green Bay Packers win 35-10 over the Kansas City Chiefs in the first Super Bowl

January 27

Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward Higgins White and Roger Chaffee are killed during an Apollo I launch pad test.

Apollo 1 on Flickr

February 2

The American Basketball Association is formed.

April 4

Martin Luther King, Jr. calls for a boycott of the Vietnam War.

MLK on Flickr

April 15

Huge demonstrations are held against the Vietnam War in New York City and San Francisco, and hundreds of draft cards are burned.

By Fank Wolfe [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

April 28

Muhammad Ali refuses to accept compulsory military service, is stripped of his boxing title, and for three years is barred from professional boxing.

By Unknown - [1] Dutch National Archives, The Hague, Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANEFO), 1945-1989 bekijk toegang Bestanddeelnummer 924-3060, CC BY-SA 3.0 nl,

May 2

A group of over two dozen Black Panthers, including Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, enter the State Capitol Building in Sacramento, openly carrying loaded shotguns, to protest what they term a racist legislature and a bill which would shut down the Black Panther Patrols.  

May 12

The Jimi Hendrix Experience releases their album Are You Experienced. 

Hazy Dreams on Hoopla

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May 19

A treaty banning nuclear weapons from outer space is ratified between the Soviet Union, the United States and the United Kingdom

June 1

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is released by The Beatles.

June 5

The Six-Day War begins when Israel carries out a preemptive strike against Egyptian airfields.

June 12

In the landmark case Loving v. Virginia, the United States Supreme Court declares that U.S. state laws prohibiting interracial marriage are unconstitutional.

June 16

The Monterey Pop Festival kicks off what became known as The Summer of Love with a 3-day concert, featuring well-known performers such as Janis Joplin, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Otis Redding, and The Mamas & the Papas.

The Mamas and the Papas on Hoopla

Hoopla link: (The Mamas & the Papas)

Crosby, Stills & Nash on Hoopla

Hoopla link: (Crosby, Stills & Nash)

The Grateful Dead on Hoopla

Hoopla link: (The Grateful Dead)

Otis Redding on Hoopla

Hoopla link: (Otis Redding)

The Who on Hoopla

Hoopla link: (The Who)

July 23

The 12th Street Riot breaks out in Detroit over racial tensions and lasts 4 days and nights, leaving many dead, hundreds injured, and over 1,000 businesses looted or destroyed. National Guard troops and paratroopers are deployed to try and quell the violence.

August 30

Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as the first African American Justice of the Supreme Court.

Thurgood Marshall on Flickr

August 30

Sex-segregated job listings lead the New York Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) to picket The New York Times.

September 17

The Doors are banned from ever appearing again on the Ed Sullivan Show after being asked to censor a line from “Light My Fire” but singing the original lyrics anyway.

The Doors on Hoopla

Hoopla link: (The Doors)

October 3

Woody Guthrie, famed singer and songwriter of folk, political and social justice songs, succumbs to Huntington’s Disease.

By New York World-Telegram and the Sun staff photographer: Al Aumuller [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

October 12

Singer Joan Baez and 38 others are arrested during “Stop the Draft” week for blocking the induction center in Oakland, CA.

Joan Baez on Hoopla

Hoopla link: (Joan Baez)

October 21

Close to 100,000 people march in Washington D.C. at the Lincoln Memorial and to the Pentagon to protest the war in Vietnam.

Vietnam Protest on Flickr

November 20

The United States population clock reached 200 million people.

November 21

The U.S. commander in Vietnam, General William Westmoreland, is quoted, saying “A new phase is now starting. We have reached an important point when the end begins to come into view.”

General Westmoreland on Flickr

December 31

Daredevil Evel Knieval crashes and is badly hurt when attempting to jump his motorcycle 141 feet over the Caesar’s Palace Fountains in Las Vegas.