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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

  • The National Regaler reports unconfirmed rumors of a "nuclear super-man".[2]

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

  • Doctor Manhattan is sent by the Pentagon to justify his name as a crimefighter and sent to Dante's, a vice-den owned by Moloch where he blows up a criminal's head.[1]

December

4th

1961

  • Eddie Blake beings working as a personal bodyguard for Findlay Setchfield South.[7]

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

  • Nite Owl I and Phantom apprehend William Water Schott and his entire gang, then deliver them to the NYPD's Area Two Violent Crimes headquarters.[2]

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

  • Hollis Mason officially retires from crime-fighting.[5][7]
  • Hollis Mason allows Dan Dreiberg to become his successor.
  • Jon Osterman attends a civic banquet in Nite Owl's honor. Hollis Mason receives a statuette of himself, bearing the phrase "In Gratitude". When Osterman asks if his decision of retiring was age-based, Mason admits it was the other's arrival that prompted it, as he felt obsolete by comparison to a superhuman.[1]
  • Hollis Mason opens Mason's Auto Repairs, specializing in obsolete vehicles.
  • The New York News features front page headline: "Hero Retires: Opens Own Auto Business"[12]
  • Dan Dreiberg buys a townhouse at Manhattan's 79th Street, located above a forgotten subway tunnel, then creates plans to turn the tunnel into a vast subterranean workshop, which he calls the Owl's Nest.[2]
  • Sally Jupiter tells Hollis Mason that her daughter Laurie wants to be a superheroine like her mother once she;s old enough. This is onlly half-true, however, since Laurie is only giving in to Sally's wishes.
  • Hollis Mason finishes writing Under the Hood. Among other things, he popularizes the incorrect theory that Rolf Müller was actually Hooded Justice.
  • Under the Hood is published by Chichester House[2] and released.

August

28th

  • Byron Lewis is committed to an asylum in Maine, following a mental breakdown and long bout of alcoholism.[13][7][2]

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

  • The Holland Valley Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre files a patient evaluation on Byron Lewis, reporting no progress after his first week of treatment.[2]

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

  • Adrian Veidt sets his master plan into motion to frighten mankind into seeking salvation, by creating a threat so terrible that nations will have no choice but to set aside their differences to fight it together.
  • Adrian Veidt develops a patent for public spark hydrants.
  • A former runaway and prostitute known as Mother forms a gang-cult called The Brethren as a "family" for New York City's homeless population.
  • Mother grows obsessed with the work of William Blake and she and her gang-cult "children" go on a spree of ritual killings and kidnappings, somehow avoiding the notice of the police and costumed adventurers.
  • Dimensional Developments begins hiring employees that were associated with Doctor Manhattan including Wally Weaver, Janey Slater, and Edgar Jacobi.[12]
  • Ozymandias exposes a plot by rogue right wing extremists in the United States military to test biological weapons on the citizens of Nairobi and surrounding areas.[18][19]
  • Outraged by Adrian Veidt's "unpatriotic" actions, New Frontiersman denounces him as a "Puppet of Peking".

January

30th

  • At 11:15 AM, the U.S. Secret Service issues a communique to Agents Abner and Delacroix, ordering them to deny Janey Slater any further access to Jon Osterman. Laurie Juspeczyk is added to Dr. Manhattan's list of cleared visitors.

February

11th

March

6th

  • Dan Dreiberg finishes construction on a lightweight underwater suit designed to mimic his standard Nite Owl costume, allowing for four hours of operation while submerged in liquid.

December

27th

1967 to 1970

  • The royalties earned from Adrian Veidt's public spark hydrants greatly increase his already vast fortune.

1968

April

23rd

November

5th

1969

January

20th

22nd

February

May

9th

  • Doctor Manhattan aids inform him that he is slated to be a guest on The Martha Edwards Show. He reacts in surprise, despite knowing his own future.[2]

11th

  • Doctor Manhattan appears on The Martha Edwards Show, where he discusses the nature of his powers.[2]

12th

July

21st

  • Neil Armstrong, an astronaut for NASA's Apollo 11 mission, becomes the first human to step foot on Earth's moon.[8] Doctor Manhattan assists with the mission.[24]

Between 1969 and 1971

  • A plaque adored with Richard Nixon's name is placed on Earth's moon.

Between the 1960s and 1985

  • Dan Dreiberg develops an interest in the music of such jazz and R&B performers as Billie Holiday, Nellie Lutcher, and Louis Jordan.

September

23rd

References

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