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The sixties were the age of youth, as 70 million children from the post-war baby boom became teenagers and young adults. Youth predominated the culture of the 1960's.

The movement away from the conservative fifties continued. The changes began in the Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco and spread across the USA affected education, values, lifestyles, laws, and entertainment.

The Civil Rights movement made great changes in society in the 1960's. Sweeping reforms on all levels, from civil rights to education to a "war on poverty," would make the United States a "great society."

The 60's were a decade dominated by the Vietnam War, not a world war but the effects were still felt throughout the world. Young adults reaching military draft age caused a struggle which played out on many campuses as the country became more involved in the war. Anti-war rallies and demonstrations were held all across the country.

California surfers took to skateboards as a way to stay fit out of season, and by 1963, the fad had spread across the country. By mid-decade, miniskirts or hot pants, often worn with go-go boots, were revealing legs, and bodywear was revealing curves. Beehive hair styles were in, stretch slacks, pillbox hats, mini-skirts and bell-bottoms provided the mod & hippie looks. The Smiley Face was found on anything and everything around the world including T Shirts.

This migration to the suburbs continued and many inner-city areas were just a shadow of their former selves. Major retailers followed with huge shopping centers. New suburban homes had spaces that were designed especially for the family. Owning your own ranch or split-level home in the suburbs brought new trends with TV antennas mounted on the roof, garages for ever bigger cars, dens, family rooms, rec-rooms and large backyards with patios.

Posters were popular as an inexpensive way for young people to decorate their rooms and express themselves at the same time. The colorful creations of Peter Max could be found on posters, clocks, scarves, throw pillows, and all sorts of decorative items.

There were many new musicals, including Camelot, Hello Dolly, Oliver, Man of La Mancha, Hair, and Funny Girl. Movies included Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, 101 Dalmatians, Pinocchio and Dr. Strangelove.

Sex became more explicit, and occasionally nontraditional, as in Midnight Cowboy, Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, and The Graduate. There were six James Bond Movies and "Gidget" made it cool for girls to ride the waves on a surfboard. Lots of beach party movies made us wish we could have an endless summer, too. Drive-in theaters were popular as a great place to park with your girlfriend.

Television popular shows included Bewitched, The Adams Family, My Favorite Martian, I Dream of Jeannie, Star Trek, the Outer Limits, and the Twilight Zone.

John F. Kennedy was young and charismatic, and his brief reign as president was often called Camelot. He was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963.

Slot cars overtook toy trains in popularity. In 1960, Ohio Art launched the toy for the holiday season with the name of "Etch A Sketch." Klackers, Click Clacks, Klappers, and Klik Klaks were two acrylic balls, usually about 1.5" in diameter connected with a string. The Pan Am Dual Control Jet Cockpit - Remco 1969 - allowed pilot & co-pilot to both "fly" and they could communicate through the two headsets. The toy also featured neat engine sounds.

Most fast-food places were still drive-ins, but Colonel Sanders already had over 600 restaurants selling his Kentucky Fried Chicken.

America's eating habits were in for a big changes, life was good, and change was everywhere.

The first debate for a presidential election televised in 1960, Kennedy and Nixon.
Heart Pacemaker installed in 1960 by Wilson Greatbatch
Motown Record Corporation founded in 1960.
Television offered the prime time cartoon show, the Flintstones, in 1960.
The first working laser was demonstrated at Hughes Research Laboratories in 1960
The first computer video game, Spacewars was invented 1962
1960 lunch counter sit-ins until store owners were forced to integrate them
In 1960, Elvis returned to the music scene from the US Army
Modular synthesizer developed in 1960 by Robert Moog and Donald Buchla,
Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird was written
Peace Corps created by Pres. Kennedy in 1961.
Alan Shepard, the first American in space in 1961
The Andy Williams Show was broadcast from 1962 until 1971.
We came close to a Nuclear War was in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. 1962
1963, John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth.
1963 - Touch-Tone telephones introduced.
1963 - The first geosynchronous communications satellite, Syncom 2 is launched.
The Peter Principle, by Laurence Peter in 1963, came to epitomize incompetence.
1963 - Martin Luther King delivers his I have a dream speech
1963 - Pres. John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas
1963 - Lyndon Johnson becomes President of the United States
The Beverly Hillbillies heralded the rise of the sitcom.
1964 passage of the Civil Rights Act
The first successful Minicomputer was by Digital Equipment in 1964 12-bit PDP-8
1964 - Dr. Strangelove, a satire on the dangers of atomic
Muhammad Ali won gold as a light heavyweight boxer.
Burma-Shave signs banished by the Highway Beautification Act of 1965.
The Andy Griffith Show was prime time family television, and ran for most of the decade.
1965 Russia Aleksei Leonov was the first person oustide space vehicle.
Internet developed for the US military.
The world's first roofed stadium was built, the Houston Astrodome. 1965
The Beach Boys began recording music that appealed to high schoolers.
Valley of the Dolls was a book by Jacqueline Susann 1966
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" was broadcast on TV in 1965 for the first time
Malcolm X is assassinated on February 21, 1965
Batman debuted in 1966, it spawned Caped Crusader craziness.
Truman Capote wrote In Cold Blood.
The Beatles burst into popularity with innovative rock music that appealed to all ages.
The Righteous Brothers were a popular white duo with a distinctive sound.
In 1965, the Watts riots broke out in Los Angeles.
NOW started by Betty Friedan, Pauli Murray and Gloria Steinem
The Supreme Court decided in 1962, that prayer in public schools was unconstitutional.
The first hand-held calculator was invented in 1967 by Texas Instruments.
Pink Floyd releases their debut record the Piper at the Gates of Dawn. 1967
1967 - First heart transplantation operation.
The Woodstock Festival with 400,000 young people gathered in a spirit of love.
Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead grew out of the counterculture in 1967.
Vietnam was largely a secret war until 1965.
In the late 60's, humor was revived in a show called Rowan and Martin's Laugh In
1968 - The first public demonstration of the computer mouse, email, and hypertext.
The assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy on June 6, 1968.
The assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968.
The assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy on June 6, 1968.
1969 - First humans to walk on the Moon: Apollo 11.
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, in Apollo XI, the first men to walk on the moon in 1969.

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