Watching how "Mad Men" incorporates the real-life historical and cultural events of 1960s into its storylines has become a favorite past-time for fans of the hit AMC advertising drama. And as the show's Season 6 timeline approaches the tumultuous and revolutionary late '60s, the potential for "Mad Men" to intersect with the cultural touchstones of that era could be a fascinating aspect of the new season.
Although the precise starting point of the upcoming sixth season is a closely-held secret, we know that Season 5 left off in the spring of 1967 and it's not unusual for "Mad Men" seasons to skip ahead 6 months or so from where they last left off. We've seen photographs that show Pete Campbell sporting mutton chops and and Harry Crane rocking a Beatles-esque shaggy haircut. Doing the math, it seems like "Mad Men" has the opportunity to tackle the heartbreaking assassinations, sweeping social change and music and media of 1968 and 1969, which still resonate to this day
So let's take a totally speculative look at what real-life, late '60s events "Mad Men" might tackle in Season 6. In the slideshow below, check out a timeline of historical and cultural events that could touch the new "Mad Men" season in some way, and our light-hearted predictions for how the show could work them into its storylines.
Escalation of the Vietnam War
<strong>January, 1968: </strong>The Vietnam War escalates as the Tet Offensive begins and the U.S. embassy in Saigon is attacked. U.S. troop levels peak as President Johnson sends nearly 550,000 soldiers to war. <strong>Prediction:</strong> Michael Ginsberg is drafted and flees to Canada. Don is sympathetic.
1968 Winter Olympics
<strong>February, 1968:</strong> The 1968 Winter Olympic Games are held in Grenoble, France. <strong>Prediction: </strong>Roger and Harry talk about how hot French women are. Again. ("Zou Bisou Bisou" flashbacks, anyone?)
"Saigon Execution" Photo Goes Viral
<strong>February 1, 1968: </strong>AP photographer Eddie Adams takes a <a href="http://failuremag.com/feature/article/saigon_execution/" target="_blank">photograph of Viet Cong leader Nguyen Van Lem being executed</a> on the streets of Saigon. The disturbing image is widely published and helps turn U.S. public opinion against the war. <strong>Prediction:</strong> Don sees the photo while reading The New York Times and is struck by the power of the image. The next week, he berates his art team for not incorporating enough photo-realism into their campaigns.
LBJ Declines To Run Again
<strong>March 31, 1968:</strong> Lyndon B. Johnson announces in an address to the nation that he will not seek re-election in the November election. <strong>Prediction:</strong> Everyone watches LBJ's speech from home. Don sighs and pours himself another drink. Peggy is hopeful that LBJ's decision will open the door for Bobby Kennedy to win the presidency. Roger and Burt smile, knowing that Nixon will get another crack at the presidency.
Student Protests Shut Down Columbia University
<strong>April, 1968: </strong>Student anti-war protesters shut down Columbia University. <strong>Prediction:</strong> Don has a torrid weeklong affair with a non-political grad student whose classes get cancelled.
"2001: A Space Odyssey" premieres
<strong>April, 1968: </strong>Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" premieres in theaters. <strong>Prediction:</strong> Roger uses it as excuse to drop acid again. He later admits he preferred "Planet of the Apes," which came out around the same time.
Martin Luther King Is Assassinated
<strong>April 4, 1968:</strong> Martin Luther King is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. <strong>Prediction: </strong>Henry Francis advises New York City mayor <a href="http://www.themorningnews.org/article/the-night-new-york-avoided-a-riot" target="_blank">John Lindsay to go to Harlem in an effort to discourage rioting</a>.
Andy Warhol Shot
<strong>June 3, 1968: </strong>Radical feminist Valerie Solanis shoots and wounds Andy Warhol as he is entering his New York studio. <strong>Prediction:</strong> The men in the office discuss the dangers of feminism as Joan shoots them dirty looks.
Robert F. Kennedy Is Assassinated
<strong>June 5, 1968:</strong> Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. <strong>Prediction: </strong><a href="http://www.saintpatrickscathedral.org/about_history_moments_rfk.php" target="_blank">Kennedy's body is laid in repose at New York City's St. Patrick's Cathedral</a>, which is located on 51st and Madison Ave. Either Don and Peggy will meet up at the funeral, or the gang at SCDP will just groan about the traffic.
1968 Democratic National Convention
<strong>August, 1968: </strong>Chicago Police beat up protestors outside the Democratic National Convention. <strong>Prediction: </strong>Peggy's boyfriend Abe, in Chicago covering the protests for his underground paper, gets roughed up and comes home with a black eye, and even more radicalized.
"H.R. Pufnstuf" Premieres
<strong>September, 1968: </strong>Super trippy "H.R. Pufnstuf" debuts on TV. <strong>Prediction:</strong> It immediately becomes Roger's favorite show.
"Hawaii Five-0" Premieres
<strong>September, 1968</strong>: "Hawaii 5-0" premieres on CBS. <strong>Prediction:</strong> Harry talks about how it's unlikely to catch on ("Who'll be watching <em>that</em> in a few years?") while Don reminisces about his vacation in Hawaii.
George Wallace Holds Rally At Madison Square Garden
<strong>October 25, 1968:</strong> Segregationist <a href="http://college.cengage.com/history/ayers_primary_sources/wallace_garden.htm" target="_blank">George C. Wallace holds a 16,000 person rally</a> at the newly-opened Madison Square Garden. <strong>Prediction: </strong>Even Roger and Bert are freaked out by his politics.
The "Heidi Game"
<strong>November 16, 1968:</strong> NBC cuts away from a close Jets vs. Raiders game for a scheduled presentation of TV movie "Heidi." Millions of TV viewers miss the Raiders' fourth quarter comeback. <strong>Prediction: </strong>Watching the game at a sports bar, the SCDP crew is outraged when the game cuts out, until Harry reminds them that Topaz Pantyhose has purchased a substantial block of advertising during "Heidi." They all laugh and order another round.
Richard Nixon Elected President
<strong>November, 1968:</strong> Richard Nixon defeats Hubert Humphrey in the 1968 presidential election. <strong>Prediction:</strong> Bert and Roger gloat about how their predictions of Nixon getting elected (way back in Season 2) finally came true.
"Star Trek" Airs Interracial Kiss
<strong>November 22, 1968:</strong> "Star Trek" airs the first scripted interracial kiss on TV between William Shatner's Captain Kirk and Nichelle Nichols' Uhura in an episode titled "Plato's Stepchildren." <strong>Prediction: </strong>The next day, every guy in the office awkwardly hits on Don's secretary Dawn.
The Beatles Release The "White Album"
<strong>November, 1968:</strong> The Beatles release their untitled "White" album. <strong>Prediction:</strong> Roger listens to the album while tripping on acid YET AGAIN. Don still doesn't get it.
Women Are Admitted To Yale
<strong>November, 1968: </strong>The first class of women are admitted to Yale. <strong>Prediction:</strong> Peggy smiles, says, "It's about time." Season 7 ends with a montage of Sally getting her acceptance letter.
Elvis Comes Back
<strong>December 3, 1968: </strong>Elvis Presley returns to performing with the '68 Comeback Special. <strong>Prediction:</strong> Four guys show up to the SCDP Christmas party wearing leather jackets. Only Don makes it look cool.
Conrad Hilton Jr. Dies
<strong>February, 1969:</strong> Conrad Hilton Jr. dies. <strong>Prediction:</strong> Don contemplates going to the California funeral to pay his respects to Hilton's family and his old pal, Conrad Hilton Sr. (played by Chelcie Ross). But then he remembers how Hilton screwed the agency over, and just pours himself a drink instead.
The Saturday Evening Post Says Goodnight
<strong>February, 1969:</strong> The Saturday Evening Post ceases publication. <strong>Prediction: </strong>Harry uses this to argue that advertising in print is dead and TV is more important for clients. As usual, nobody pays any attention.
<strong>August, 1969:</strong> The Woodstock musical festival brings together thousands of hippies, hundreds of musicians and a ton of psychedelic drugs. It is remembered as one of the seminal moments of the 1960s. <strong>Prediction:</strong> Roger watches a news report about Woodstock on TV while tripping on LSD alone in his apartment.
The Mets Win The 1969 World Series
<strong>October, 1969:</strong> The upstart Mets win the World Series. <strong>Prediction:</strong> Peggy, Michael Ginsberg and Ken Cosgrove watch the team's playoff run at a sports bar. SCDP vies for the franchise's ad business as they launch a new campaign to take a greater share of the New York market in the aftermath of their big win.
Jack Kerouac Dies
<strong>October, 1969:</strong> "On The Road" author Jack Kerouac dies. <strong>Prediction:</strong> After hearing the news, Don checks in on his old flame Midge (Rosemarie DeWitt), who was talking about Kerouac's work the last time he saw her. He discovers she died from a heroin overdose, and gets sloppy drunk to deal with his grief.
The Beatles Break Up
<strong>April, 1970: </strong>The Beatles break up. <strong>Prediction:</strong> Not-so-young anymore Sally Draper gets sad after hearing the news and breaks into her father's liquor cabinet.
"Mad Men" two-hour Season 6 premiere airs Sunday, April 7 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
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