35 Moments That Defined The 1960s. #17 Is One Of The Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken.
When you think of the 1960s, what comes to mind? Civil unrest, social justice, the Vietnam War, epic music - all of these things were crucial elements in what is arguably America's most important, harrowing decade of the 20th century.
Below, we've put together some of the most iconic moments from the sixties, with subjects ranging from protests to rock-and-roll to the first time anyone ever say a photograph in color. The sixties were jam-packed with excitement and turmoil, and luckily, we've got the photos to help you witness it all.
#1. Elvis Presley and Priscilla, shortly before the king of rock-and-roll was discharged from the military.
#2. On February 1, 1960, four black college students made history by sitting at a whites-only counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. They became known as the Greensboro Four, sparking peaceful demonstration throughout the nation.
#3. Johnny Carson's first day on the job at "The Tonight Show," for which he became a legend.
#4. The first televised presidential debate in 1960, between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy.
#5. Theodore Maiman and his ruby laser, one of the top technological feats of the decade.
#6. Fidel Castro on the day of the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961.
#7. "Sex and the Single Girl" author Helen Gurley Brown. Her book sparked a sexual revolution that encouraged modern women to embrace their sexuality.
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