Selected Events for Age of Aquarius

YearMonthDayEventRelated Resource
1956February22Heartbreak Hotel enters the charts. The song becomes Elvis Presley's first number 1 Billboard single.Link
1960August Psychologist Timothy Leary, Harvard University, tries hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms in Cuernavaca, Mexico. On returning to Harvard, Leary orders psilocybin from the Sandoz Laboratories in Switzerland and begins a series of experiments known as the Psilocybin Project.Link
1964February07The Beatles arrive in New York to begin their first tour of the United States. 
June With Neal Cassady at the wheel, Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters leave La Honda, California and begin their psychedelic cross-country trip in "Furthur", the legendary day-glo painted 1939 International Harvester school bus.Link
1968April29Hair opens on Broadway and immediately becomes a smash hit. It closes on July 1, 1972 after 1,742 performances.Link
1969August15400,000 people attend the 3 day Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York to hear Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Band, Joan Baez and other great musicians. 

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