This is a timeline of events that occurred during the 1960s.

1960s

  • While vigilantism was illegal, the laws are altered to accommodate strategically useful talents like Doctor Manhattan.[1]
  • Because of the existence of Doctor Manhattan, genetics, quantum physics, engineering, and other sciences, start to leap forward from that year on.

1960

The debut of Dr. Manhattan

February

  • Jon Osterman is named Doctor Manhattan by the government who prepares him as a weapon and gives him a suit. He marks his forehead with the symbol of a hydrogen atom.[1]

Mid-February

Early March

May

June

3rd

  • Dan Dreiberg graduates from Harvard University with degrees in zoology and aeronautics.[4]
  • Harvard University's commencement ceremony features speeches by Harvard President B.W. Thoreau ("You're New Responsibilities in the New Age"), Dean of Students Lucius Gallsworthy ("Who Would Have Dreamed"), guest speaker Robert F. Kennedy ("The Bright Tomorrow"), and Dan Dreiberg himself as valedictorian ("A Little Nostalgia"), with a closing prayer by Father George Berkeley.[2]

11th

  • The New York Gazette reports that the collection barrel of a Harlem mission for the underprivileged has received five suitcases containing more than a million dollars, each case bearing an anonymous clipped note indicating "For the needy".[2]

17th

June 1960 and Beyond

  • Adrian Veidt keeps tabs on the Comedian's activities, disturbed by the immoral actions he commits in the name of fighting crime.

August

16th

  • Dan Dreiberg writes a letter to his uncle Alan, gratefully declining his job offer of joining the family banking business.[2]

September

9th

November

December

4th

1961

January

20th

March

11th

  • Ford and General Motors both actively pursue electric cars, with prototypes expected within three months thanks to Doctor Manhattan's ability to synthesize mass amounts of lithium for battery use.[9][2]
  • Science Today reports that an electric charge should allow a vehicle to run for two hundred miles for a little as $2.00.[2]

In or Before May

  • William Water Schott, also known as the Bully, and his gang begin a reign of terror in the Bronx, carrying out acts of racketeering, theft, and murder.[2]

Before May 22

May

22nd

23rd

September

1st

  • Byron Lewis is arrested during a civil rights demonstration at a Greyhound bus terminal in Mobile, Alabama. The sit-in's organizers deny his involvement in the event.[2]

4th

1962

May

11th

  • Kitty Genovese orders a dress from Manhattan Fabrics. After she opts not to collect the garment, deeming it ugly, Walter Kovacs decides to take the dress home, admiring it for it's shape-changing quality and black-and-white motif, and cuts the fabric up and uses heated implements to reseal the latex.[11]

Mid to Late May 1962

August

28th

September

  • Astonishing Suspense #15 introduces the character of Pontius Pirate. It was a gateway to commercial success for the pirate hero and inspired the launch of the Pontius Pirate franchise by Wil Myerson.[14]

5th

11th

1963

February

7th

September

16th

30th

  • The Outer Limits airs an episode titled "The Architects of Fear" during its first season, written by Meyer Dolinsky and directed by Byron Haskin.[8][15]

23rd

December

25th

1964

January

13th

March

13th

20th

22nd

December

3rd

1965

January

2nd

August

30th

1966

April

  • The New York Gazette headlines: "Dr. Manhattan 'An Imperialist Weapon' Say the Russians.”, "French Withdraw Military Commitment from NATO" (in the real world, this happened a year later), and "Heart Transplant Patient Stable".[17]

14th

May

August

26th

1967

December

27th

1968

April

23rd

November

5th

1969

January

20th

22nd

February

May

9th

11th

12th

July

21st

September

23rd

References

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