U.S. businesses in Cuba are nationalized without compensation; U.S. breaks off diplomatic relations with Havana and imposes a trade embargo.
Young Mexican Americans participate in the struggle for Civil Rights and start the Chicano movement.
ASPIRA is founded to promote education of Hispanic youth by raising public and private sector funds.
Juan Lozano patents the Rocket Belt.
United Farm Workers (UFW) organizes the first successful Delano grape strike - the first national boycott for Hispanic workers - bringing national attention to the plight of some of the lowest paid workers in the country.
Fidel Castro allows Cubans to leave the island; a large influx of Cuban immigrants enters the U.S.
Reies Lopez Tijerina and members of Alianza take over a courthouse in New Mexico to protest violations of civil rights.
Farm Labor Organizing Committee is formed in Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Washington and other states based on the UFW model.
Voters reaffirm Puerto Rico Commonwealth status and elect pro-statehood leader Luis Ferré, leader as governor.
Los Angeles Latino high school students walk out of classrooms to protest unequal treatment in schools. Three weeks later the school board bows to the student’s demands.
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund opens doors becoming the first legal fund to pursue the protection of civil rights of Mexican Americans.