JBS Timeline & History

Since 1958, staff and members of The John Birch Society have been busy recruiting and providing leadership to an educational army, which has created an informed electorate to enforce the Constitution and secure our rights.

Consider just the past 10 years. The JBS has played a leading role in securing our God-given rights by bogging down Deep State initiatives to rewrite our Constitution, nationalize our local police, build a North American Union, and establish a UN-led one-world government.

LECF Founded

August 13, 2016

LECF Founded
The Law Enforcement Charitable Foundation (LECF) was founded in March to provide financial and other support tools to law enforcement and to the families of fallen officers.

TNA 30th Anniversary

August 13, 2015

September 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of The New American.

We Oppose Convention of States

August 12, 2014

We Oppose Convention of States
JBS ramps up its effort to defend the U.S. Constitution by opposing pro-Constitutional Convention advocates such as the Convention of States.

We Expose Agenda 21

August 13, 2012

We Expose Agenda 21
JBS produces “Agenda 21: How Will It Affect You?” Documentary exposing the United Nations’ insidious Agenda 21 program.

Stop Agenda 21 Action Project

August 13, 2011

“Choose Freedom- Stop Agenda 21” action project is launched and is still active today.

Classical Education Kindergarten – HS

August 13, 2011

Classical Education Kindergarten – HS
Freedom Project Academy officially launches their fully accredited, Classical education for Kindergarten through High School.

Freedom Project Education

August 13, 2008

Freedom Project Education
The John Birch Society first announced the start of a K-12 online, live, interactive school, Freedom Project Education, which is now FreedomProject Academy.

Overview of America 8 Million Views

August 13, 2006

Overview of America 8 Million Views
“Overview of America,” written and narrated by JBS President Emeritus John F. McManus, released in March and has been viewed by over 8 million people and counting.

Bush’s Attempts to Create NAU

August 13, 2005

Bush’s Attempts to Create NAU
The New American breaks story of President George W. Bush’s attempt to create a “North American Union” (NAU) in the October 3rd article entitled “Abolishing the USA.” JBS then launched campaign against NAU and stopped the target date of 2010 to implement.

American Opinion Foundation

August 13, 2005

American Opinion Foundation
American Opinion Foundation founded.

Activate Congress: Stop the FTAA

August 13, 2004

Activate Congress: Stop the FTAA
JBS launches Activate Congress: Stop the FTAA, an ultimately successful action project to stop U.S. efforts at establishing the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas. The FTAA would have established an EU-style structure in the Americas.

JBS Gets Credit

August 13, 2003

JBS Gets Credit
Pravda, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, credits JBS for lack of UN support in the U.S.

thenewamerican.com

August 13, 1999

thenewamerican.com
The New American website is launched (www.thenewamerican.com).

TNA Covers Osama Threat

August 13, 1998

TNA Covers Osama Threat
The October 12, 1998 issue of The New American highlights the threat from Osama bin Laden, in a cover story, three years before the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

Y2K Non-Catastrophic Event

August 13, 1998

Y2K Non-Catastrophic Event
The New American accurately predicts Y2K being a non-catastrophic event in the September 14, 1998 issue.

Picture JBS.org Launched

August 13, 1997

Picture JBS.org Launched
The John Birch Society first launches its website JBS.org.

United Nations Participation Act

August 13, 1997

United Nations Participation Act
The House of Representatives voted on an amendment to a bill, introduced by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) calling for the repeal of the United Nations Participation Act of 1945.

Conference of the States

August 13, 1995

The John Birch Society derails the proposed Conference of the States.

Warning About Agenda 21

August 13, 1992

Warning About Agenda 21
The New American warned about Agenda 21 in the July 13, 1992 issue of The New American magazine. Read the cover story.

Headquarters Moved

August 13, 1989

Headquarters Moved
The John Birch Society consolidates and moves its headquarters from Belmont, Mass. and San Marino, Calif. to Appleton, Wisc.

Stop Con-Con Launches

August 13, 1987

Stop Con-Con Launches
JBS officially launches “Stop a Constitutional Convention” educational campaign to prevent state legislatures from passing Article V application resolutions to Congress for a Federal Constitutional Convention (Con-Con).

Immigration Situation

August 13, 1986

Immigration Situation
Cover story of the June 2, 1986 issue of The New American warned that the immigration situation would get much worse. Later that year Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, giving amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.

The New American Founded

August 13, 1985

The New American magazine is founded by combining both the American Opinion monthly and The Review of the News weekly magazines. Back issues of The New American magazine since 1985, are available for JBS members exclusively in our archives!

Congressman Larry McDonald Killed

August 13, 1983

Congressman Larry McDonald Killed
Korean Air Lines flight 007 is shot down by Soviet fighter jets over Sakhalin Island, carrying Congressman Larry McDonald on board along with 268 other passengers.

New Chairman of JBS

August 13, 1983

The Honorable Lawrence Patton McDonald is appointed Chairman of The John Birch Society, succeeding Robert Welch who in turn assumes the position of Chairman Emeritus.

H.R. 855

August 13, 1983

Congressman McDonald introduces H.R. 855, the United Nations Termination Act, calling for withdrawal of the U.S. from the UN.

LEAA Gets Defunded

August 13, 1982

Congress voted to defund the LEAA, thus abolishing the program.

JBS Starts Drive to End LEAA

August 13, 1978

JBS Starts Drive to End LEAA
The John Birch Society launches an ultimately successful drive to have Congress abolish the federal Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) which was attempting to nationalize the police.

Welch Predicts Insiders’ Plans

August 13, 1974

Robert Welch at the March 9, 1974 JBS Council Dinner, in Los Angeles gave amazingly accurate predictions.

None Dare Call It Conspiracy

August 13, 1971

None Dare Call It Conspiracy
Concord Press (JBS) published first printing of Gary Allen’s None Dare Call It Conspiracy, eventually over 5 million copies are printed.

John Birch Resolutions

August 13, 1970

The John Birch Resolutions are published in the December JBS Bulletin, formalizing the Society’s opposition to abortion three years before Roe v Wade.

JBS Opposes Abortion

August 13, 1970

JBS Opposes Abortion
In the November 1970 Bulletin, Robert Welch announces the Society’s opposition to abortion.

JBS Youth Camp

August 13, 1970

The first JBS youth camp is launched in Washington State, in 1970. Youth Camps rose to 11 camps across America until phased out for Freedom Project Education.

Civilian Complaint Review Board

August 13, 1966

NYC voters abolish Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) by a very large margin of 63 to 36 percent.

Anarchy USA Film

August 13, 1965

Anarchy USA film produced and was shown to millions of people. (How many millions is unknown.) in JBS meetings across the nation, now on YouTube.

Review of the News

August 13, 1965

Review of the News
The Review of the News magazine is launched.

Truth About Civil Turmoil

August 13, 1965

Truth About Civil Turmoil (TACT) Committees formed to expose the Communist agenda behind much of the radical conflict turbulence.

CA Fact-Finding Committee

August 13, 1963

The California State Senate Fact-Finding Committee report vindicates The John Birch Society of anti-Semitism/racism charges.

The Politician is Published

August 13, 1963

Originally intended to be an unpublished letter to friends, Robert Welch’s book The Politician is published. The Politician was the first book to expose the Deep State.

Support Your Local Police

August 13, 1963

Support Your Local Police
Robert Welch first introduces the “Support Your Local Police” campaign in the July 1963 Bulletin. This is still an active campaign for The John Birch Society so far it has been successful in stopping a national police force.

Get US Out! of the UN

August 13, 1962

Get US Out! of the UN
Get US Out! of the United Nations campaign was first launched. Campaign lowered support for the UN from 80% to 30%. It is still an active campaign today.

Attack from Communist Party USA

August 13, 1961

The first attack on JBS came in the February 25, 1961 issue of the Communist Party USA’s newspaper People’s World, which referred to the society as a new, secret, fascist group setting up “cells” all over the U.S. The attack was picked up by the mass media against the JBS.

American Opinion Launched

August 13, 1959

American Opinion Launched
American Opinion magazine was launched.

First Local Chapters Formed

August 13, 1959

The first local chapters are formed in the Greater Boston Area. The new JBS chapters formed the Committee Against Summit Entanglements (CASE).

Robert Welch Founds JBS

August 13, 1958

Robert Welch Founds JBS
Robert Welch founded The John Birch Society on December 9, 1958 in Indianapolis, Indiana.