Snapshot of a Revolution: Unforgettable Images from the 1960s

By Jack Ripley | March 4, 2024

The Death of Marilyn Monroe, 1962

Step back in time to the era of monumental change, where the seeds of modern movements were sown. From the stirring chants of the Civil Rights Movement to the free-spirited gatherings of the Hippie Movement, and the resolute voices of the Feminist Movement, the 1960s shaped the world we live in today. Delve into the pivotal events and political shifts that defined an era and continue to resonate in our lives. Let these iconic photographs transport you to the heart of history, where every snapshot tells a story of courage, resilience, and the enduring quest for justice and equality.

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Marilyn Monroe was a popular actress from the mid-1940s until her death. She began her career as a model in 1945. After this, she first appeared in a magazine a year later, which made her famous across America. She appeared in multiple Hollywood films throughout the decades and became a prolific actress. Some examples of films that she appeared in are "Dangerous Years," "A Ticket to Tomahawk," "Love Happy," "Some Like It Hot," "The Fireball," "Niagra," and "Monkey Business." Tragically, she died on August 4th, 1962, of an overdose.

The JFK Assassination, 1963

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(THE SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM AT DEALEY PLAZA)

JFK had the highest approval rating of any president in modern history. His policies paved the way for landing the first man on the moon and the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Unfortunately, he was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, TX, and the dreadful moment pictured here changed the course of American history. The assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was arrested within an hour after the shooting.

However, Oswald was shot two days later when he was being transported from the city jail to the county jail. The motives of the man, Jack Ruby, who shot Lee Harvey Oswald, are still uncertain. After the incident, he was swiftly arrested and convicted of murder. However, the conviction was overturned, and Ruby died before a new trial was held.