Here’s an interesting one that is sure to impress your friends on trivia game nights. The Hollywood Boulevard got its very first star in 1960 and so the ever famous Walk of Fame was born. The honour belongs to none other than Joanne Woodward.
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!” Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) won the gold in light-weight boxing at the Summer Olympics. (1960). He would then convert to Islam and change his name on March 6, 1964 after his fabled fight with Sonny Liston during the finals of the World Heavyweight Championship.
Say “Yabba Dabba Do” if you remember Fred, Wilma, Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm, Barney and Dino! Well, surprise! They’re old. Real old. Not stone age old but 1960 old. The Flintstones made their debut on September 30, (you guessed it) 1960!
Come on Barbie, let’s go party! Specifically, Ken’s birthday party. Did you know that Barbie’s boyfriend Ken’s birthday was on March 11th 1961.
Without a doubt the 60s was a sparkling era for music! Bob Dylan released his first album on 1962, which interestingly enough took two afternoons to record. The following year, the Beatles released their first album “Please Please Me”. The “Beatlemania” fever started later on in 1964, subsequent to their appearance on American TV for the first time.
Speaking of the Beatles… John Lennon met Yoko Ono in 1966 and the couple got married in 1969. Their love story is one that’s still being told…
This one will sound familiar, but read carefully. The then editor of Cosmopolitan magazine Helen Gurley Brown publishes “Sex and the Single Girl”, which goes on to revolutionize the notion of modern woman and sexual freedom.
The New York TWA Flight Center aka Terminal of JFK International Airport designed by Eero Saarinen opened and kicked off the age of jet glamour in 1962.
TV history in the making…Johnny Carson took over the Tonight Show in 1962.
John Steinback won the Nobel Prize in Literature and Linus Pauling won the Nobel Peace Prize for his opposition to weapons of mass destruction. (1962) In 1964 Martin Luther Kİng, Jr. became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic speech at the Lincoln Memorial during the Freedom March. (1963) He was assassinated outside of his balcony at a motel in 1968.
The reputed Alcatraz prison ceased operations in 1963 due to high running costs.
Rest assured that many more developments ensued regarding the civil rights scene. One of which was The Civil Rights Act of 1964 which outlawed any form of discrimination based on race, religion, gender or nationality in public places including schools.
Do you like video games? Well, then you’ll like this one. The first interactive video game “Spacewar!” was invented in 1962 by three MIT students.
Before Pierce Brosnan or Roger Moore there was Sean Connery… The actor starred in the first James Bond film, “Dr. No” in 1962.
The 15th issue of “The Amazing Fantasy” comic book series introduced Spider Man to the world for the first time ever! Mind you, the issue is one of the most highly priced comics of all time…
The first ever Super Bowl came to life in 1967. For anyone wondering The Packers beat the Chiefs…
1963 marks the year the first push-button phone was made. Isn’t that an innovation we can all be thankful for?
Amongst many scientific advancements, probably the most notable one was Theodore Maiman’s discovery of the laser technology in ’60. His invention paved the way for fiber-optic communications, CDs, DVDs and sight restoring surgery that we use today.
As far as art goes, it’s safe to say that Andy Warhol reigned in the 60s as the leader of the pop art movement.
Ford debuted the iconic muscle car 1965 Ford Mustang in 1964 in New York for under $2,400. The iconic vehicle is still being produced today, but everybody and their mothers already know that…
Nelson Mandela was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for four counts of sabotage in 1962. You know the rest of the story… He was released 27 years later and following the end of the apartheid, made history by becoming South Africa’s first ever black president.
The very relatable Cookie Monster was first seen in an IBM commercial in 67.
Following the debut of the adorable blue monster, a whole bunch of furry loveable muppets that reside on the Sesame Street set out to conquer the hearts of a whole generation and others to come, on November 10, 1969. The show is currently on its 49thth season.
Stanley Kubrick’s ground-breaking science fiction “2001:A Space Odyssey” was released in 1968. Although the film wasn’t an instant hit it’s safe to say it later on went on to be declared by critics to be one of the most iconic movies of American history.
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Neil Armstrong. Buzz Aldrin . The moon. 1969.You know what this is.
The Woodstock festival lasted 3 days but continued to influence generations for decades to come.