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  • 90 % of American homes have television receivers (46 million sets). In 1949 there were only one million sets in the United States.

Lee Friedlander
Galax, Virginia 1962
gelatin silver print
14.7 x 22.4 cm
© Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco


  • First American manned space flight.
  • Rachel Carson publishes Silent Spring, awakening ecology fears.

Photo: NASA


  • 200,000 people march for Black civil rights in Washington.
  • President John F. Kennedy assassinated.
  • Betty Friedan publishes The Feminine Mystique voicing women's liberation concerns.

President Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy arrive at Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963
Photo: Free-Stock-Photos.com. NARA


  • Marshall McLuhan examines the impact of new mass media on society in Understanding Media.
  • The Beatles arrive in the USA.


  • President Johnson begins massive military intervention in Vietnam.
  • Black voting rights march in Alabama, 78 Blacks injured.
  • Six-day Black riot in Los Angeles, 34 killed.

John Wood Untitled 1965
collage of found photolithograph and transfer print, heightened with graphite on paper
25.5 x 26.1 cm
© John Wood


  • Minimal art exhibition, Primary Structures:Younger American and British Sculptures at the Jewish Museum, NY.

Carl Andre
Lever 1966
137 firebricks
11.4 x 22.5 x 883.9 cm assembled; brick: 11.4 x 22.5 x 6.4 cm each
Carl Andre, Lever, 1966 © VAGA (New York)/SODART (Montreal) 2003


  • 35,000 people demonstrate in Washington against the Vietnam War.

President Lyndon Johnson and General William Westmoreland with troops in Vietnam
Photo: Free-Stock-Photos.com. NARA


  • Black Civil rights leader Martin Luther King assassinated.
    Rioting erupts in 62 cities in the United States.
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau becomes Prime Minister.
  • Demonstration against the Vietnam War in Chicago, 175 arrested, 100 injured.

Yousuf Karsh
Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) 1968
gelatin silver print
31.5 x 25.1 cm
©Yousuf Karsh


  • Man's first landing on the moon.
  • A conceptual art exhibition, When Attitude Becomes Form at the Kunsthalle, Berne, Switzerland.

Apollo 11 Moon Landing
Photo: NASA