To make matters worse, laws were passed in some states to limit voting rights for blacks. Moreover, southern segregation gained ground in when the U.
Disasters[ edit ] Natural: The Valdivia earthquakealso known as the Great Chilean earthquake, is to date the most powerful earthquake ever recorded, rating 9.
The main tsunami raced across the Pacific Ocean and devastated Hilo, Hawaii.
Gulf Coast, especially in the state of Louisiana. Fires had erupted on the river many times, including 22 Junewhen a river fire captured the attention of Time magazine, which described the Cuyahoga as the river that "oozes rather than flows" and in which a person "does not drown but decays.
Gulf Coast at Category 5 Status. On 15 FebruarySabena Flight crashed on its way to Brussels, Belgium, killing all 72 passengers on board and 1 person on the ground.
Among those killed were all 18 members of the US figure skating team, on their way to the World Championships. Since the wreckage of the aircraft is lost to this day, the cause of the crash remains a mystery.
All people on board perished. All aboard died. A total of people died in the crash. Social and political movements[ edit ] Counterculture and social revolution[ edit ] Flower Power Bus In the second half of the decade, young people began to revolt against the conservative norms of the time, as well as remove themselves from mainstream liberalism, in particular the high level of materialism which was so common during the era.
This created a "counterculture" that sparked a social revolution throughout much of the Western world. It began in the United States as a reaction against the conservatism and social conformity of the s, and the U. The youth involved in the popular social aspects of the movement became known as hippies.
These groups created a movement toward liberation in society, including the sexual revolutionquestioning authority and government, and demanding more freedoms and rights for women and minorities. The Underground Pressa widespread, eclectic collection of newspapers served as a unifying medium for the counterculture.
The movement was also marked by the first widespread, socially accepted drug use including LSD and marijuana and psychedelic music.
Opposition to United States involvement in the Vietnam War A female demonstrator offers a flower to military police on guard at the Pentagon during an anti-Vietnam War protest.
As late as the end offew Americans protested the American involvement in Vietnam, but as the war dragged on and the body count continued to climb, civil unrest escalated.
Students became a powerful and disruptive force and university campuses sparked a national debate over the war. As the movement's ideals spread beyond college campuses, doubts about the war also began to appear within the administration itself.
A mass movement began rising in opposition to the Vietnam Warending in the massive Moratorium protests inas well as the movement of resistance to conscription "the Draft" for the war. Other terms heard in the United States included " the Draft ", " draft dodger ", " conscientious objector ", and " Vietnam vet ".The s were a decade of political change and protest in society, especially in America The s shattered American politics with the assassination of famous leaders.
In the s America and the rest of the world danced and sang to rock and roll music. American History: The s, a Decade That Changed a Nation November 17, Hippies gather in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park in June to celebrate the start of summer.
Historians tend to portray the s as a decade of prosperity, conformity, and consensus, and the s as a decade of turbulence, protest, and disillusionment. These stereotypes are largely true, though, as with everything in life, there are exceptions to this perspective. Africa Fund - U.S.
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The earliest songs that could be considered American popular music, as opposed to the popular music of a particular region or ethnicity, were sentimental parlor songs by Stephen Foster and his peers, and songs meant for use in minstrel shows, theatrical productions that featured singing, dancing and comic schwenkreis.comel shows generally used .