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The dizzying decade of the ’60s was

weird, wild, whacky, wonderful, worrying.

It was  the start of ‘something big’

a period of ten years,

which shaped a generation and

 left a lasting impression on successive ones.

Some of the highlights: 

a quick stroll down ’60s lane

Within each year group

events are isted in no particular order of chronology .

Just ‘letting it be’

(’60s timeline details from jeffs60s.com):


The Civil Rights Movement momentum:  In Greensboro, North Carolina, (USA) four Black students begin a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter.  The incident sets in motion other similar nonviolent protests throughout the Southern United States.

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‘Counter sit-in’ against racial segregation in the U. S.


The DNA genetic code is broken.

The Vietnam War officially begins

Russia sends the first man into space.

John F. Kennedy becomes the 35th President of the United States.

John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps.

Construction of the Berlin Wall begins, restricting movement between East Berlin and West Berlin

Baseball player Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hits his 61st home run in the last game of the season, against the Boston Red Sox, beating the 34-year-old record held by Babe Ruth.


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Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin

is the first ‘space man”

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JFK and his wife Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy

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Mauerbau 1961 / Harzer Straße

Construction of the Berlin Wall by GDR (East Germany),

overseen by military troops

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“Charity (should) begin at home.”

Established by President John F. Kennedy,

the Peace Corps is a volunteer service run by the U. S. government

to assist people throughout the world who are in need.



In a televised address, U.S. President John F. Kennedy announces to the nation the existence of Soviet missiles in Cuba.

Dr. No, the first James Bond film, premiers in UK theaters.

Pull tabs on cans are introduced.

The term “personal computer” is first mentioned by the media.

The Beatles’ first record, “My Bonnie” is released.


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A modern beverage:  Tab sugar free cola and pull-tab cans



President Kennedy is assassinated.

The U. S. Congress enacts “equal pay for equal work” legislature for women. (A goal yet to be fully achieved.)

World famous American actress Marilyn Monroe is found dead of an apparent overdose. It becomes the most controversial death on record.

Zip codes (post codes) are introduced in the U.S.

Beatles hits, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ are released in the U.S., launching the beginning of Beatlemania.

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 LP album cover of the boys from Liverpool

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Signs saying Women Unite carried by wome

‘Sisterhood is powerful’

pressure on Congress results in equalizing legislation


Studebaker-Packard introduce seat belts as standard equipment.

Ford Motors introduces the “Mustang”.

3.5 billion dollars worth of vending machine sales.

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 Ford’s Mustang:  “The poor man’s Ferrari”


Malcolm X is assassinated.

190,000 troops are in Vietnam.

32,000 people make 54-mile “freedom march” from Selma to Montgomery.

The Beatles performed the first stadium concert in the history of rock, playing at Shea Stadium in New York.

A Charlie Brown Christmas, the first Peanuts television special, debuts on CBS.

Medicare Bill passes in the U. S. (a social insurance programme).

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On patrol:  U. S. combat troops in Viet Nam

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“You’re a good man, Charlie Brown!”


How the Grinch Stole Christmas, narrated by Boris Karloff, is televised for the first time on CBS. It will become an annual Christmas tradition, and the best-loved film ever based on a Dr. Seuss book.

Trekkies, this one’s for you!:  Star Trek, the classic science fiction television series, debuts with its first episode, titled ‘The Man Trap’.

T. V. cult classic Star Trek:  scene from episode 1,  ‘The Man Trap’

Taster’s Choice freeze dried coffee is introduced.

In an interview published in The London Evening Standard, The Beatle’s John Lennon comments, “We’re more popular than Jesus now,” eventually sparking a controversy in the United States.

The Beatles play their very last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.


Dr. Christiaan Barnard performs the first heart transplant.

Love Is a Many Splendored Thing debuts on U.S. daytime television and is the first soap opera to deal with an interracial relationship between a White man and a Amerasian woman.  CBS censors found it too controversial and ask for it to be stopped, causing show creator Irna Phillips to quit.

U. S. government declares LSD an illegal substance.

Rolling Stone Magazine is founded.

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‘Not (quite) ready for primetime’:

Love is a Many Splendored Thing

first U. S. soap opera to present an interracial couple.

Storyline is banned by CBS network bosses.

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Dr. Christiaan Barnard

South African cardiac surgeon completes

the world’s first successful human-to-human heart transplant


The musical Hair officially opens on Broadway.

Richard Nixon is elected President.

Saddam Hussein becomes Vice Chairman of the Revolutionary Council in Iraq after a coup d’état.

A nation mourns:  Robert  Fitzgerald Kennedy is assassinated in California. Sirhan Sirhan is apprehended on the spot.  Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Riots erupt in major American cities for several days afterward.

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murdered on the campaign trail in his bid for the U. S. presidency

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slain U. S.  civil rights leader


John Lennon returns his OBE to protest the British government’s support of the U.S. war in Vietnam.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus airs its first episode on the BBC.

Members of a cult led by Charles Manson murder Sharon Tate, (who was 8 months pregnant), and her friends at Tate and director-husband Roman Polanski’s home in Los Angeles.

U. S. astronaut Neil Armstrong is the first  man to walk on the moon.

After 147 years, the last issue of The Saturday Evening Post is published.

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“That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind”

said by astronaut Neil Alden Armstrong as he takes

the famous first step on the lunar surface


Given its  progressive pace, it is of little  wonder that the ’60s have left an

indelible mark on almost every societal aspect:

politics, economics, art, science, behavior

and yes … the fashion!

More on that later.  Stay tuned!



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and other bits of ’60s news and trivia,

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