- The nineteen sixties began with the election of the first president John Kennedy. For many Americans, the young president represented a spirit of hope for the nation. When Kennedy was murdered in 1963, many people felt that their hopes died, too. This was especially true of young people, and members and supporters of minority groups.
This assasination and the reverend of Martin Luther King, in 1968, illustrated the turbulent and restless society. The sixties decade was a decade of change with a lot of conflicts and reactions to them and change social order. Historians describe this decade as the which resulted in the most significant transformations in recent history.
In this decade they ocurred many significant wars which are very important in the history, like the antiwar movement of USA, the war of Vietnam and increase the political tensions. The first step on the moon and the war of vietnam mark definitely the era.