I had the best birthday ever.
It was the year of the Summer Of Love - 100,000 people converge on the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco.
- Biafra secedes from Nigeria (May).
- Israeli and Arab forces battle; Six-Day War ends with Israel occupying Sinai Peninsula, Golan Heights, Gaza Strip and West Bank (June 5). Background: Arab-Israeli Wars
- Right-wing military coup deposes King Constantine II of Greece.
- Communist China announces explosion of its first hydrogen bomb (June 17).
- The US and USSR propose a nuclear nonproliferation treaty. Background: nuclear disarmament
- Racial violence in Detroit; 7,000 National Guardsmen aid police after night of rioting. Similar outbreaks in New York City's Spanish Harlem, Rochester, N.Y., Birmingham, Ala., and New Britain, Conn. (July 23).
- Thurgood Marshall sworn in as first black US Supreme Court justice (Oct. 2).
- Astronauts Col. Virgil I. Grissom, Col. Edward White II, and Lt. Cmdr. Roger B. Chaffee killed in fire during test launch (Jan. 27).
Federal spending: $157.46 billion
Federal debt: $340.4 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars): $7,143
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.05
Super Bowl: Green Bay d. Kansas City (35-10)
World Series: St. Louis Cardinals d. Boston Red Sox (4-3)
Wimbledon: Women: Billie Jean King d. A. Jones (6-3 6-4) Men: John Newcombe d. W. Bungert (6-3 6-1 6-1)
Kentucky Derby Champion: Proud Clarion
- Congress creates PBS.
- Rolling Stone and New York Magazine debut, spawning the popularity of special-interest and regional magazines.
- The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, In the Heat of the Night, Cool Hand Luke
- The Beatles, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
- Donald Barthelme, Snow White
- Elizabeth Bishop, Selected Poems
- Robert Bly, The Light Around the World
- Richard Brautigan, Trout Fishing in America
- Stanley Elkin, A Bad Man
- W. S. Merwin, Lice
- Marianne Moore, Complete Poems
- Joyce Carol Oates, A Garden of Earthly Delights
- William Styron, The Confessions of Nat Turner
Nobel Prize for Literature: Miguel Angel Asturias (Guatemala)
Record of the Year: "Strangers in the Night," Frank Sinatra
Album of the Year: Sinatra: A Man and His Music, Frank Sinatra (Reprise)
Song of the Year: "Michelle," John Lennon and Paul McCartney, songwriters
The MIRV (Multiple Indepenently Targetable Reetry Vehicle), which allows one missile to carry several nuclear warheads, is developed. Background: nuclear weapons
Dr. Christiaan N. Barnard and team of South African surgeons perform world's first successful human heart transplant (Dec. 3). The patient dies 18 days later.