Historical Events 1960 John F. Kennedy elected president of the United
States. Laser developed.
Alain Renais directs Last Year at Marienbad.
Twist becomes popular dance.
U.S. nuclear sub circumnavigates globe under water. Mack Sennett dies. 1961 Ernest Hemingway commits suicide. Grandma Moses
dies at 99.
Yuri Gagarin first man in space. Alan Shepard first American in space.
Ty Cobb dies. Thalidomide causes birth defects in newborns. 1962 Rachel Carson writes Silent Spring. Marilyn
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn writes One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.
Edward Albee writes Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Cuban Missile Crisis. 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. delivers famous "I
Have a Dream" speech
at Washington rally.
Edith Piaf dies. President Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey
Stanley Kubrick directs Dr. Strangelove. Barbie doll introduced. 1964 Elizabeth Taylor marries Richard Burton. Cassius
Clay wins heavyweight crown.
General Douglas MacArthur dies. Beatles give first
Martin Luther King Jr. receives Nobel Peace Prize. 1965 Winston Churchill dies.
Cole Porter dies. Malcolm X assassinated. 1966 Dr. Michael DeBakey uses artificial heart during
Jim Ryan runs mile in 3:51.3. Indira Gandhi becomes prime minister of India. 1967 Six–Day War between Israel and Egypt. "Che" Guevara shot.
Twiggy and miniskirt popular. Woody Guthrie dies.
Dr. Christiaan Barnard performs first successful heart transplant. 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy assassinated.
Olympic Games held in Mexico City Czechoslovakia invaded by U.S.S.R. 1969 Neil Armstrong first man on moon. Charles Hall
invents modern water bed. The Saturday Evening Post ends after 148 years. Judy
Garland and Boris Karloff
die. 1970 Kent State University shooting of four students
by National Guard.
General Charles De Gaulle dies. 1971 Louis Armstrong dies. Sylvia Plath's The Bell
Jar published in the United States.
Twenty–Sixth Amendment to U.S. Constitution
the vote. 1972 Watergate break–in. J. Edgar Hoover dies. Marion
Brando stars in The Godfather. 1973 Great Britain enters Common Market. U.S. Supreme
Court permits abortions.
Pablo Picasso dies. 1974 Patty Hearst kidnapped by radicals. Henry Aaron
hits record 714 home runs.
Charles Lindbergh and Duke Ellington die. President
Nixon resigns. 1975 U.S. and Soviet spacecrafts link up. Jaws first
film to top $100 million at box office.
Generalissimo Francisco Franco and Chiang
End of American involvement in Vietnam. 1976 United States celebrates Bicentennial. Chairman
Mao Zedong dies.
Alex Haley writes Roots. 1977 Anwar Sadat visits Israel. Star Wars launches
space age epic. Charlie Chaplin
United States tests "clean" neutron bomb. 1978 A Gutenberg Bible sells for $2 million. First "test–tube" baby
born in England.
Norman Rockwell dies. Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin sign Camp
911 die in James Jones cult mass suicide. John Paul II becomes
first Polish pope. 1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain's first woman
Three–Mile Island nuclear reactor accident. Iranian militants take Americans
hostage at embassy.
Soviets invade Afghanistan. 1980 Ronald Reagan defeats President Carter. United
States boycotts Moscow Olympics.
Iran–Iraq War begins. John Lennon shot. Mae
dies. 1981 Sandra Day O'Connor
first woman justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Iran frees American hostages.
Charles of Greta Britain
Lady Diana Spencer. Assassination attempt on Reagan fails.
shuttle Columbia makes inaugural flight. Anwar sadat assassinated.
Joe Louis dies. 1982 Britain defeats Argentina in Falklands War. Queen
Elizabeth gives Canada
Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco dies. Leonid Brezhnev dies
is replaced by Yuri Andropov.
Barney Clark receives artificial heart. Israel
Lebanon. 1983 Brooklyn Bridge is one hundred years old. United
States invades Granada. 1984 AT&T broken up. George Orwell's 1984 is bestseller once again.
Yuri Andropov dies and is replaced by Konstantin Chernenko. Soviets boycott U.S.
Olympic Games. 1985 Coca–Cola introduces new formula after 99 years.
Marc Chagall and
Jean Dubuffet die.
Fortieth anniversary of first
atomic bomb. Chernenko dies and is replaced by
Divers find Spanish treasure worth $400 million. Francois Truffault dies. 1986Challenger space shuttle explodes, killing
Statue of Liberty Centennial
U.S.S. Titanic found. AIDS becomes epidemic. 1987 Reagan administration shaken by Iran–Contra scandal.
in Baby M case. Mikhail Gorbachev, U.S.S.R. party chairman, implemented the policy "Glasnost."
Edward Albee (b 1928)
James Baldwin (b.1924)
Donald Bartheime (b.1931)
Truman Capote (1924–1984)
Athold Fugard (b.1932)
Gunter Grass (b.1927)
Bernard Malamud (1914–1986)
Iris Murdoch (b.1919)
Joyce Carol Oates (b.1938)
Harold Pinter (b.1930)
Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)
Philip Roth (b.1933)
Isaac B. Singer (1904–1991)
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (b.1918)
Tom Stoppard (b.1937)
John Updike (b.1932)
Kurt Vonnegut (b 1922)
Luciano Berio (1925–2003)
George Crumb (b 1929)
Philip Glass (b.1937)
Hans Werner Henze (b.1926)
Krzystztof Panderecki (b.1933)
Luigi della Piccola (1904–1975)
Steve Reich (b.1936)
Karlheinz Stockhausen (b.1928)
Michael Tippett (1905–1998)
Carl Andre (b.1935)
Richard Anuszkiewicz (b.1930)
Chuck Close (b.1940)
Jim Dine (b.1935)
Richard Este (b 1936)
Audrey Flack (b.1931)
Helen Frankenthaler (b.1928)
Al Held (b.1928)
Robert Indiana (b 1928)
Donald Judd (b.1928)
Allan Kaprow (b.1927)
Ellsworth Kelly (b.1923)
Joseph Kosuth (b.1945)
Saul Lewitt (b.1928)
Alexander Liberman (1912–1999)
Roy Lichtenstein (b.1923)
Morris Louis (1912–1962)
Len Lye ((1901–1980)
Agnes Martin (b.1912)
Kenneth Noland (b 1924)
Claes Oldenberg (b 1929)
Jules Olitsky (b.1922)
Larry Poons (b.1937)
George Rickey (b.1907)
Brigitte Riley (b.1931)
James Rosenquist (b.1933)
George Segal (1924–2000)
Richard Serra (b.1939)
Frank Stella (b 1936)
Jean Tinguely (1925–1991)
Victor Vasarely (1908–1991)
Andy Warhol (1925–1987)
Tom Wesselman (b.1931)
Jack Yongerman (b.1926)
Robert Brownjohn (b.1925–1970)
Ivan Chermayeff (b.1932)
Seymour Chwast (b.1931)
Theo Crosby (b.1925)
Muriel Cooper (b.1925)
Paul Davis (b.1938)
Alan Fletcher (b.1931)
Colin Forbes (b.1928)
Tom Geismar (b.1929)
Bob Gill (b.1931)
Milton Glaser (b.1929)
Rudolph de Harak (1924–2002)
George Lois (b.1931)
Siegfried Odermatt (b.1928)
Herb Lubalin (b.1918–1981)
Ed Sorel (b.1929)
George Tscherny (b.1924)
Rosemarie Tissi (b.1937)
Massimo Vignelli (b.1931)
Wolfgang Weingart (b.1941)