I am born.
Massive demonstrations against the war in Vietnam take place in San Francisco, New York City and Washington DC.
Muhammed Ali is stripped of his boxing title and sent to prison for refusing to enter the US army.
83 people die in race riots in the US.
Aretha Franklin releases “Respect”.
The Rolling Stones appear on the Ed Sullivan Show – and get busted for drugs. Several times.
The Beatles release the album “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and John Lennon takes delivery of his psychedelic painted Rolls Royce.
Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu get married in Las Vegas.
The Apollo 1 fire kills 3 astronauts.
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom has already been on the throne for 15 years.
Francis Chichester becomes the first person to sail single-handedly around the world via the capes, in his boat the Gypsy Moth.
Che Guevara is executed.
Scientists Syukuro Manabe and Richard Wetherald become the first scientists to flag up the connection between atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and Earth’s climate.
The top films include The Graduate, The Jungle Book, Bonnie & Clyde, The Dirty Dozen, You Only Live Twice, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Casino Royale, Cool Hand Luke, and Valley of the Dolls.
The human population has more than doubled, from 3.4 billion to 7.1 billion.
World oil production, expressed in barrels per day, has risen from 37.12 million to 79.95 million.
Atmospheric carbon dioxide has risen from 322 ppm to over 400 ppm.
The global average temperature has risen from 13.99 degrees C to 14.57 degrees C (2009).
Annual car production has risen from 19 million to 49 million.
Annual world grain production has increased from 1,014 million tons to 2,213 million tons (2010).
Annual fertiliser consumption has risen from 55 million tons per year to 163 million tons.
Number of undernourished people has remained around the same, up slightly from 878 million to 925 million.
Gross World Product has grown from 15.76 trillion US$ to 73.24 trillion US$ (adjusted to $4,343 per person to $10,728 in 2009 US$ terms).
The number of Earths needed to meet human demands (i.e. humanity’s ecological footprint) has risen from 0.77 Earths to 1.51 Earths (2007).
All this has happened on our watch. Even if we think it’s not our fault, how can we not care?