Timeline of events: 1961-1979 | TheUnion.com

Timeline of events: 1961-1979

Charles Allert, holds the Governor's Trophy presented to the winner of the 1962 Tour of Nevada City race.
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Charlie Allert hosts inaugural Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Race, awarding gold nuggets to winners of the event, which celebrates its 55th anniversary as the Nevada City Classic in June 2015.


On March 21, the last 27 prisoners of Alcatraz, the island prison in San Francisco Bay, are ordered removed by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and the federal penitentiary is closed.

On Aug. 28, the Civil Rights march on Washington, D.C. culminates with Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

On Nov. 22, in Dallas, Texas, President John F. Kennedy is mortally wounded by assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn into office later that day.


On July 2, Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964, outlawing discrimination in public facilities and prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, or gender.

On Oct. 1, Hundreds of students at the University of California, Berkeley spontaneously surround a police car as it attempts to remove a political activist for engaging in political advocacy on campus. Roughly 3,000 students join the 32-hour protest, marking the beginning of Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement.


Construction begins on the highly controversial Golden Center Freeway — Highways 20/49 — through Grass Valley and Nevada City.


Nevada City creates its own historical district and eventually, in 1985, the entire downtown Nevada City area became registered as a national historic landmark.


On April 4, Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King is assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., while standing on a motel balcony by James Earl Ray.

On June 5, Robert F. Kennedy is shot at a campaign celebration in Los Angeles by Sirhan Sirhan and dies one day later.


On July 20, the Apollo program completes its mission with Neil Armstrong, U.S. astronaut, becoming the first man to set foot on the moon.

On Dec. 17, Golden Center Freeway construction through Grass Valley and Nevada City is officially completed.


The Beatles release “Let It Be,” their last album.


On July 1, President Richard Nixon signed into law Title IX of the Education Amendments. Few noticed at the time, but eventually it became the single greatest force for full participation of females in education, both academics and sports.


Nixon takes last troops out of Vietnam.


Amid Watergate scandal, on Aug. 9, Nixon becomes first United States president to resign from office.


Empire Mine properties purchased by the state of California for $1.25 million and converted into a historic state park, consisting of 784 acres.


In the 1977 film Star Wars, a Grass Valley Group 1600-7K production switcher was used as a prop that fires the Death Star’s planet-destroying weapon. (Visit TheUnion.com to see the clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_Wag38elbo)


On July 14, KVMR (89.5-FM) Community Radio makes first broadcast from small miner’s shack on Banner Mountain in Nevada City. KNCO (830-AM) takes to airways for first time on Oct. 1.


Iranian students storm the U.S. embassy, holding 52 of the 66 people in the embassy hostage for 444 days.

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