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Sep 1962 Timothy Leary founds the International Foundation for Internal Freedom (IFIF) which publishes The Psychedelic Review.   
1963 LSD first appears on the streets liquid on sugar cubes. Articles about LSD first appear in mainstream media Look, Saturday Evening Post. 1  
Mar-Apr, 1965 Protests begin against the Vietnam war.   
Feb 1965 The United States begins bombing Vietnam.   
Feb 1965 Owsley Bear Stanley first succeeded in synthesizing crystalline LSD. Earliest distribution was March 1965. 2  
Aug 31, 1965 Burning draft cards becomes illegal in the U.S.   
Sep 5, 1965 Michael Fallon, a writer from San Francisco, uses the term "hippie" for the first time, to refer to the SF counterculture. It was published in an article about the Blue Unicorn coffeehouse where LEMAR (Legalize Marijuana) & the Sexual Freedom League met.   
Dec 4, 1965 The Grateful Dead perform their first show in San Jose   
1966 Leary founds the League of Spiritual Development, with LSD as the sacrement. 3  
Jan 21-23, 1966 The Trips Festival    [Details] [More Info]
Oct 6, 1966 The Love Pageant Rally    [Details]
Nov 5, 1966 10,000 people join the Walk for Love and Peace and Freedom in New York City.   
1967 Summer of Love in San Francisco. First human be-in.   
Jan 14, 1967 The Human Be-In    [Details]
Mar 26, 1967 10,000 people attend a be-in in New York's central park.   
Jun 1967 Summer of Love in San Francisco.   
Jun 21, 1967 "Love-In" in San Francisco thousands of doses of DOM (STP) were distributed for free, unfortunately, they were distributed in approximately 10-15 mg doses, 5-10 times higher than Shulgin had recommended, and many people were hospitalized after getting way too high. 4, 5, 6   [Details]
Jan 16, 1968 Youth International Party (Yippies) founded by Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Paul Krassner and others.   
Aug 1968 Anti-war demonstrations at the Democratic National Convention lead to arrests and the Chicago Seven trial.   
Summer 1969 Orange sunshine acid first appears. 1  
Jul 1969 The Farm commune in Tennessee is founded by Stephen Gaskin.   
Jul 27, 1969 Stonewall uprising in Greenwich Village, NYC after police raid a gay bar. Seen as the beginning of the gay rights movement.   
Aug 15, 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Festival begins.   
Aug 15-17, 1969 The Woodstock Music & Art Fair    [Details]
Apr 22, 1970 First Earth Day, participated in by millions.   
May 4, 1970 Four College Students Killed by National Guard at Kent State University in Ohio.   
Jun 15, 1970 Supreme Court approves conscientious objector status on moral grounds.   
Jul 31-Aug 2, 1970 Powder Ridge Rock Festival is cancelled but 30,000 hippies show up at the outdoor festival despite police attempts to stop the event.    [Details] [More Info]
Sep 18, 1970 Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, a musician important to the hippy and psychedelic scene, dies.   
Dec 1971 Greenpeace is founded.   
Jul 1972 First rainbow gathering is held in Colorado.   
Mar 29, 1973 Last U.S. troops officially withdrawn from Vietnam.   
Aug 1973 The Freek Press, a free newspaper distributed at the second Windsor Free Festival (UK), includes the Acid Report, which describes various microdots circulating at the event. 7   [More Info]

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