The 60s Date Machine
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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 the dates of events in the Sixties. One
thing I have discovered is the problem of presenting a chronology: what to
include and what 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 is to create The Sixties Date Machine, a
database that will contain all sorts of events, from JFK's assassination
to the Merry Pranksters, from Free Store to Free Huey. The database will
have multiple keywords attached to each event and will be searchable such
that the user can create her or his own chronology. I have had search
pages up for the past year or so, but recently decided to shift emphasis.
For now, I will present the chronologies that are relevant to the Digger
history and will relegate the search pages to 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.