Tom Hayden

Born Dec 11, 1939

Thomas Emmet "Tom" Hayden is an American social and political activist and politician, known for his involvement in the animal rights, and the anti-war and civil rights movements of the 1960s. He is the former husband of actress Jane Fonda and the father of their son, actor Troy Garity.… Read More

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    Tom Hayden, Courageous Warrior For Peace
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1939 Birth Born on December 11, 1939.


1956 16 Years Old Tom Hayden was born in Detroit, Michigan, to parents of Irish ancestry, Genevieve Isabelle Garity and John Francis Hayden. He graduated from Dondero High School in Royal Oak, Michigan, class of 1956. … Read More


1961 21 Years Old During 1961, Hayden married Casey Cason, a Texas-born civil rights activist who worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
1962 22 Years Old Hayden became a "freedom rider" in the South and then served as president of SDS from 1962 to 1963. … Read More
1964 24 Years Old From 1964 to 1968, Hayden lived in Newark, New Jersey, where he worked with impoverished inner-city residents as part of the Newark Community Union Project. … Read More
1965 25 Years Old In 1965, Hayden, along with CPUSA member Herbert Aptheker and Quaker peace activist Staughton Lynd undertook a controversial visit to North Vietnam and Hanoi. … Read More
1968 28 Years Old In 1968, Hayden played a major role in the protests outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. … Read More


1972 32 Years Old Tom Hayden made several other well-publicized visits to North Vietnam as well as Cambodia during America's involvement in the Vietnam War, including an especially controversial one during 1972 to North Vietnam with his future wife, actress Jane Fonda.
1973 33 Years Old The next year he married Fonda and they had one child, Troy Garity, born on 7 July 1973.
1974 34 Years Old In 1974, while the Vietnam War was still ongoing, the documentary film Introduction to the Enemy was released, a collaboration by Fonda, Hayden, Haskell Wexler, and others. … Read More
1976 36 Years Old During 1976, Hayden made a primary-election challenge to serving California U.S. Senator John V. Tunney. … Read More


1987 47 Years Old As a member of the State Assembly, Hayden introduced the bill that became Chapter 1238 of the California Statutes of 1987. … Read More


1990 50 Years Old He and Jane divorced in 1990. … Read More
1994 54 Years Old He mounted a bid in the Democratic primary for California Governor during 1994 on the theme of campaign finance reform, and ran for Mayor of Los Angeles during 1997, losing to incumbent Republican Richard Riordan.
1999 59 Years Old During 1999, Hayden made a speech for the Seattle WTO protests.


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During 2001, he unsuccessfully sought election to the Los Angeles City Council. … Read More
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In 2007, Hayden made news for his speech at the wedding of his son Troy, where, as Hilton Als wrote in The New Yorker, he "said that he was especially happy about his son's union with actress Simone Bent, who is black, because, among other things, it was 'another step in a long-term goal of mine: the peaceful, nonviolent disappearance of the white race.'"
2008 68 Years Old During January 2008, Hayden wrote an opinion essay for the website The Huffington Post endorsing Barack Obama's presidential bid in the Democratic primaries. … Read More
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