120 Years: 1963

In 1963, a freak freeze of 23 degrees below zero kills many peach trees on the Redlands and in Palisade. The first floor of the new downtown fire station is completed and Dixson, Inc. moves to town from Washington state. Grand Junction celebrates being named an All-American City and dedicates Operation Foresight with the Foresight Festival in May 1963. The Sentinel Printing plant receives $100,000 in damages from a devastating fire.

The entire world is devastated when President John F. Kennedy is assassinated during a visit to Dallas, Texas. Lyndon Johnson is sworn in as president. Martin Luther King gives his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington and Columbia Records releases “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.” Betty Friedan publishes “The Feminine Mystique,” setting the women’s liberation movement in motion.

To view an ongoing photo gallery of The Daily Sentinel’s 120 years project, go to GJSentinel.com.


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