The 60s Date Machine and SF Digger Chronology
Chronologies are an important but often overlooked tool in writing
history. Getting the facts straight begins with having accurate dates.
This is my attempt to research and present a chronology of the events in the Sixties.
Along the way, I ran into the age-old problem that historians have long
pondered in building a chronology: what to
include and to exclude. For example, the Digger chronology should
include the history of the Artists Liberation Front, but what about the
Fillmore Auditorium and the San Francisco rock 'n roll scene? What about
general Sixties events, or the New Left? Civil rights movement? At a
certain point, the original intent of presenting a chronology of the
Diggers becomes diluted and overwhelmed by the other threads in the
tapestry of time.
My solution was to create The Sixties Date Machine, a
database that contains all sorts of events, from JFK's assassination
to the Merry Pranksters, from Free Store to Free Huey. The database
includes multiple keywords attached to each event and is searchable such
that the user can create her or his own chronology. I had search
pages up for several years, but then decided to shift emphasis and present the chronologies relevant to Digger
history. The bigger chronologies will have a secondary place on the
Please use the feedback form to send any
suggestions of events I'm missing. Thanks for your patience while this feature
gets finished. And thanks to Michael Doyle whose preliminary work is currently
included in this chronology. (--ed.epn. 2005)
Chronology is one of our species oldest inventions. Photo of Sun Dagger
calendar at Fajada Butte, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.