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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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1961

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.



1963

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.

1964

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.

1965

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

1968

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

1968

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.

1969

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.

1970

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

1972

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.

1973

Nixon takes last troops out of Vietnam.

1974

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

1975

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

1977

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)

1978

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.

1979

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


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