Sect Education: A Brief History of Hare Krishna\u000AA timeline of the cult\u0027s evolution from the 1960s to present day.\u000A\u000ASee also: The Return of a Cult Classic—Hare Krishnas are Back.\u000A1966\u000A\u000A The International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is founded by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in New York City\u0027s East Village.\u000A1967\u000A\u000A Led by Prabhupada, the first Ratha-yatra festival (a celebration that involves carrying deities in chariots) outside India is held in San Francisco.\u000A1968\u000A\u000A New Vrindaban, the first Hare Krishna commune, is established in West Virginia.\u000A1968\u000A\u000A Allen Ginsberg appears on William F. Buckley\u0027s Firing Line TV show, singing the Krishna mantra while playing a harmonium.\u000A1970\u000A\u000A George Harrison, who later says hearing Hare Krishna chanting for the first time was \u0022like a door opened somewhere in my subconscious, maybe from some previous life,\u0022 features the Krishna mantra in his song \u0022My Sweet Lord,\u0022 which hits No. 1 in the U.K. and the U.S.\u000A1973\u000A\u000A Steve Jobs attends Hare Krishna dinners each Sunday after dropping out of Reed College, then travels to India the next year to explore his spirituality.\u000A1977\u000A\u000A In a case that examained the possible cultlike practices of Hare Krishnas, the New York Supreme Court dismisses charges of unlawful detainment and extortion against two senior ISKCON members, declaring the movement \u0022a bona fide religion with roots in India that go back thousands of years.\u0022\u000A1978\u000A\u000A Krishnas are included in Newsweek\u0027s special report on alleged cults titled how they bend minds.\u000A1980\u000A\u000A Two kids in Krishna robes appear on the cover of Life magazine with the headline children of a hare krishna commune.\u000A1980\u000A\u000A In Airplane!, two Hare Krishnas enter the airport and are approached by a member of the Church of Religious Consciousness looking for a handout. One replies, \u0022No thanks, we gave at the office.\u0022\u000AEarly 1990s\u000A\u000A Straight-edge hard-core bands out of New York City begin embracing Krishna ideals, forming a new subculture dubbed Krishnacore. (pictured, the band Shelter)\u000A2001\u000A\u000A A class-action lawsuit alleges that more than 500 children in Krishna schools and temples were abused in the 1970s and \u002780s. ISKCON eventually settles the case for $9.5 million.\u000A2008\u000A\u000A Russell Brand chants \u0022Hare Krishna\u0022 to reporters outside his London home and closes the Video Music Awards with a shout-out to Hare Krishna.\u000A2012\u000A\u000A Mad Men features a story line in which former advertising exec Paul Kinsey has joined Hare Krishna and is cuckolded by the controlling Mother Lakshmi.\u000A2014\u000A\u000A A Hare Krishna temple that will accommodate 15,000 worshippers opens in Houston in May.