Our Timeline

 

To submit information to add to the timeline email alumni@beloit.edu with "1970 Timeline" in the subject line.

Class members can upload photos and scanned documents to the Photo Gallery section of the class website.  There is a folder for “Undergraduate Years” and one for “Archive Documents”

Source for checking memories:  Digital archive of the Round Table:  Beloit College Digital Publications Archive https://digitalpublications.beloit.edu

 

Term

Year

Date(s)

Event

Photo/

Document

  1964 August Tonkin Gulf Resolution  
  1965 March First anti-war teach-ins  
  1965 July Johnson signs Medicare Bill  
  1965 August Voting rights act passes  

Summer 

1966

 

Prepare to enter Beloit.  Underclass Common Course assigned reading: Satre’s The Stranger

 

Fall 

1966

Sept. 4-7

New Student Days

Arrive on campus

 
Fall  1966

Sept. 6

President’s Ox Roast Cookout, Aldrich Field

 
Fall  1966

Sept. 8

Classes begin

 
Fall 1966 Sept Star Trek debuts  
Fall  1966

Sept. 10

All-College Assembly, Field House, address by President Upton

 
Fall  1966

Sept. 15

All-College Assembly, Field House, Address by Dean William L, Kolb, “The Disciplines in Liberal Arts Education”

 
Fall  1966

Oct. 29-30

Homecoming, Football vs. Monmouth, 

Photos

Fall 1966 October March on the Pentagon  
Fall 1966 October Black Panther Party Founded  
Fall 1966 November McNamara resigns as Sec of Defense  

Winter 

1967

     
Winter 1967 January Super Bowl I  

Summer 

1967      
Summer 1967 Summer "Summer of Love"  
Summer 1967

July 2

Jefferson Airplane concert, Field House

 
Summer 1967 August Thurgood Marshall confirmed to SCOTUS  

Fall 

1967      
Fall 1967 November First issue of Rolling Stone  

Winter 

1968

     
Winter 1968 January Tet Offensive  
Winter 1968 February Cronkite urges negotiations to end war  
Winter 1968 March My Lai massacre  
Winter  1968

March 14

Visit from Presidential Candidate Richard Nixon, Field House

 
Winter  1968

March 31

President Lyndon Johnson “I will not run” speech

 
Winter  1968

April 4

Martin Luther King assassinated, riots in major cities

 
Winter  1968

May 15-19

Dedication of the Science Center

 

Summer 

1968      
Summer 1968

June 6

Robert Kennedy assassinated

 
Summer 1968  

Student trips around midwest to campaign for Eugene McCarthy

 
Summer 1968      
Summer 1968

Aug. 26-29

Democratic National Convention, riots in Chicago

 

Fall 

1968

Sept. 5

Classes start

 
Fall 1968   Damnation Army Band performed on the steps of Chapin Hall Source
Fall 1968 September 27 Harry Belafonte concert at UW Field House, tickets were $3 Source
Fall 1968

Oct. 12

Homecoming

 
Fall 1968

Nov. 5

Presidential Election, Richard Nixon elected

 
Fall 1968 December Apollo 8 circles the moon  

Winter 

1969

Jan. 6

Classes start

 
Winter 1969 Jan. 31 Campus attack at Burr House Source
Winter 1969 March 3 Black Demands issued  Source
Winter 1969 March 5 Infirmary firebombed  
Winter 1969 March 7 Porter-Whitney arson fires, general vandalism (hall phones & pay phones damaged, student uprisings across the US)  

Summer

1969

May 1

Classes start

 
Summer 1969

July 20

Apollo 11 landing on the  moon

 
Summer 1969 August Woodstock  

Fall 

1969

Sept. 4

Classes start

 
Fall 1969 September Chicago 7 trial begins  
Fall 1969 October 2 million take part in peace moratorium  
Fall  1969

Oct. 10-12

Homecoming Weekend, Football game vs. Carleton, B.B. King performed in the Field House on Sunday

Source
Fall 1969 October First email sent  
Fall 1969 November 8 G E College Bowl team chosen to compete in New York City Source
Fall 1969 December 1 Draft Lottery Source

Winter 

1970

     
Winter 1970 March or April Registrar's office firebombed  
Winter  1970

April 17

Apollo 13 astronauts return to earth

 
Winter  1970

April 19

120th Commencement Exercises, Baccalureate Celebration, Eaton Chapel, 8pm (Baccalaureate processional was originally going to be an organ piece written by Pam Pettibone, but Max was ill and couldn’t practice it.)

 
Winter  1970

April 20

120th Commencement Exercises, Conferring of Degrees, Field House, 10 am

Processional March: Here Comes the Sun

Class Address by Stewart F. Taylor, Jr.

Commencement address, “The Practice of Idealism”, Joel Pritchard Smith’55, President of Denison University

Recessional March: Yellow Submarine

Photos

Documents

  1970 April 22 First Earth Day Source
  1970 May Kent State shootings