120 years: 1965

Social unrest is a theme that runs throughout the history of 1965. President Johnson signs a law requiring five years in prison and a $1,000 fine for burning a draft card while groups from all over the United States march in protest of segregation.

About 3,500 U.S. Marines land in Vietnam, while the Beatles play the first stadium concert in the history of rock, playing to 55,600 people at Shea Stadium in New York.

The Pillsbury Doughboy makes his debut on television, as does “Days of Our Lives.” Fidel Castro announces that anyone can leave Cuba if they want and St. Louis dedicates the symbol of westward expansion, the 630-foot tall Gateway Arch.

Medicare and Medicaid are established and 28 people are killed and $500 million in damage occurs on the Eastern Slope as the South Platte River floods.

In Grand Junction, a modern new post office opens at Fourth Street and White Avenue and the Interstate 70 interchange opens at Horizon Drive.

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


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