- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and more than 2,600 others arrested in Selma, Alabama, during demonstrations against voter-registration rules (Feburary 1).
- Malcolm X, black-nationalist leader, shot to death at Harlem rally (Feburary 21).
- Blacks riot for six days in Watts section of Los Angeles: 34 dead, over 1,000 injured, nearly 4,000 arrested (August. 11-16).
- President: Lyndon B. Johnson
- Vice President: Hubert H. Humphrey
- Population: 194,302,963
- Life expectancy: 70.2 years
- Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 24.5
- Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 22.5
- Homicide Rate (per 100,000): 5.5