1963-1964

"We are not about to send American boys nine or ten thousand miles away from home."
  1963 >>>
January
 
 
  Battle of Ap Bac.
 
 
February 16
 
 
 
The Beatles "Please Please Me" tops the charts in the UK.
April
 
 
 
Martin Luther King composes "Letter from Birmingham Jail."
 
May
 
 
  Buddhist demonstrations in Hue leave 7 dead.
 
 
June 11
 
  Buddhist monk set himself afire in Saigon to protest Government's policies on religion.
 
 
June 12
 
 
Byron de la Beckwith shoots civil rights leader Medgar Evers in front of his home in Jackson, Mississippi.
 
August 28
 
 
250,000 attend civil rights march in Washington.
Bob Dylan is one of the featured speakers and performers alongside Dr. King at the March in Washington.
October 13
 
 
 
 
The Beatles perform live at the London Palladium.
November 1
 
 
  Diem is overthrown in US backed coup.
 
 
November 22
 
 
President Kennedy assassinated.
 
November 24
 
 
President Johnson declares he will not "lose Vietnam" during a meeting with Ambassador Lodge in Washington.
 
 
December
 
 
  By year's end, there are 16,300 American military advisors in South Vietnam.
 
 
  1964 >>>
January
 
 
  Coup (2nd in 3 month), South Vietnam.
 
 
January 3
 
 
 
Goldwater announces his candidacy for US President.
 
January 13
 
 
 
 
The Beatles I Want To Hold Your Hand released in America.
January 16
 
 
 
John Glenn orbits the earth.
 
February 3
 
 
 
In protests against alleged de-facto school racial segregation, black and Puerto Rican groups in New York City boycott public school.
 
February 9
 
 
 
 
The Beatles make their debut on the Ed Sullivan Show.
March - August
 
 
  US covert and overt involvement in Vietnam escalates.
 
 
March 8
 
 
 
Malcolm X announces he is forming a black nationalist party.
 
March 12
 
 
 
Malcolm X leaves the Nation of Islam.
 
March 29
 
 
 
 
Britain's first pirate radio station, Radio Caroline, begins broadcasting.
April 19
 
 
Military coup in Laos.
 
 
May
 
 
  President Johnson's aides begin work on a Congressional resolution supporting the President's war policy in Vietnam.
 
 
May 1
 
 
 
 
First issue of the Los Angeles Free Press published.
June 12
 
 
 
Nelson Mandela sentenced to life in prison.
 
June 21
 
 
 
Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney, are murdered near Philadelphia, Mississippi.
 
July 2
 
 
 
  President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.
 
August 3
 
 
  Gulf of Tonkin incident.
 
 
August 5
 
 
 
  Johnson submits the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution to Congress.
 
August 7
 
 
 
  House of Representatives and Senate overwhelmingly pass Gulf of Tonkin Resolutions.
 
August 26
 
 
  South Vietnamese Government troops respond to Buddhist demonstrators with deadly force, killing 6.
Lyndon Johnson nominated as Democratic candidate for President.
 
September 14
 
 
 
 
Free Speech Movement protests begin at Berkeley.
October 14
 
 
 
Dr. Martin Luther King awarded Nobel Peace Prize.
 
October 14 - 15
 
 
 
Nikita Khrushchev is ousted from power, replaced by Leonid Brezhnev as leader of the U.S.S.R.
 
October 31
 
 
  Viet Cong units attack Bien Hoa air base, 12 miles north of Saigon.
 
 
November 3
 
 
 
With 61 percent of the popular vote, Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson is re-elected as President of the United States in a land-slide.
 
December 3
 
 
 
 
fsm link Police arrest 800 students at Berkeley for occupying the administration building.
December 20
 
 
Military coup - South Vietnam.
 
 

 

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