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The Black Panther Party opens its first office on Grove Street in Oakland, CA.
Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as the new governor of California.
The Human Be-In takes place in Golden Gate State Park in San Francisco
The Green Bay Packers win 35-10 over the Kansas City Chiefs in the first Super Bowl
Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward Higgins White and Roger Chaffee are killed during an Apollo I launch pad test.
The American Basketball Association is formed.
Martin Luther King, Jr. calls for a boycott of the Vietnam War.
Huge demonstrations are held against the Vietnam War in New York City and San Francisco, and hundreds of draft cards are burned.
Muhammad Ali refuses to accept compulsory military service, is stripped of his boxing title, and for three years is barred from professional boxing.
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.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience releases their album Are You Experienced.
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A treaty banning nuclear weapons from outer space is ratified between the Soviet Union, the United States and the United Kingdom
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is released by The Beatles.
The Six-Day War begins when Israel carries out a preemptive strike against Egyptian airfields.
In the landmark case Loving v. Virginia, the United States Supreme Court declares that U.S. state laws prohibiting interracial marriage are unconstitutional.
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.
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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.
Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as the first African American Justice of the Supreme Court.
Sex-segregated job listings lead the New York Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) to picket The New York Times.
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.
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Woody Guthrie, famed singer and songwriter of folk, political and social justice songs, succumbs to Huntington’s Disease.
Singer Joan Baez and 38 others are arrested during “Stop the Draft” week for blocking the induction center in Oakland, CA.
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Close to 100,000 people march in Washington D.C. at the Lincoln Memorial and to the Pentagon to protest the war in Vietnam.
The United States population clock reached 200 million people.
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.”
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.