1960's News and Interesting History Tidbits

1960's Swinging Sixties, Beetle's, BeatlesPop Music, Youth Culture, Korea, Man on The Moon, Civil Rights Movement,

Some of The Sixties Music
From our 60's Music Page 60's Music

Please Mr. Postman The Marvelettes 1961

Return To SenderElvis Presley 1962

She Loves YouThe Beatles 1963

I Want To Hold Your Hand The Beatles 1963

Baby Love -The Supremes 1964

The House Of The Rising Sun -The Animals 1964

I'm Into Something Good -Herman's Hermits 1964

I Got You BabeSonny & Cher 1965

Wild Thing The Troggs 1966.

Good Vibrations The Beach Boys 1966

These Boots Are Made For WalkinNancy Sinatra 1966

A Whiter Shade Of PaleProcol Harum 1967

Lily The PinkScaffold 1968

I Heard It Through The Grapevine Marvin Gaye 1969

Honky Tonk WomenThe Rolling Stones 1969

Something In The AirThunderclap Newman 1969

In The Year 2525Zager & Evans 1969

Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival 1969

A few videos we found on Youtube related to the Sixties

Chubby Checker and The Twist

Ford Commercial Featuring The Galaxy, The Thunderbird, and The Falcon

TWA Airline Commercial From The 60s

Inauguration Kennedy 1961

Commercial for the new RCA Color Television 1961

Elvis Presley 1961

Cuban Missile Crisis 1962

The Beatles Live 1962

Live Kennedy Assasination as it happened 1963

Martin Luther King Jr - I have a dream speech

Moon Landing 1969

Woodstock 1969

Check out the Sixties Section On The People History For Many More

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Born January 15, 1929, Died April 4, 1968

1 A Baptist Minister

2 A leader in the American Civil Rights Movement

3 The first president of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) an organisation committed to the use of nonviolent resistance by using non violent civil disobedience to secure equal rights for African Americans.

3 Assassinated on 4th April 1968 by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tennessee

4 Posthumously awarded a Congressional Gold Medal 2004

5 Received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his efforts to end segregation

6 A Public Holiday In His Honor celebrating his birth observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King's birthday, January 15.

Some of the best known of the causes he was involved with

The Montgomery Bus Boycott started in 1955 in Montgomery Alabama, by Rosa Parks who was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr fought to oppose the city's policy of racial segregation on its public transit system.
The United States Supreme Court declared the Alabama and Montgomery laws requiring segregated buses were unconstitutional.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr organized and led marches for blacks' right to vote, desegregation, labor rights and other basic civil rights in Albany, Georgia, St. Augustine, Florida, Birmingham and Selma, Alabama.

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
Of all the marches and demonstrations up to this time The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 had the biggest impact when over 300,000 attended from all over the US, and it's goals were simple and meaningful including an end to racial segregation in public school, civil rights legislation including a law prohibiting racial discrimination in employment; protection of civil rights workers from police brutality; and a $2 minimum wage for all workers.

It was at this march that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr made his most famous speech "I Have A Dream" , unlike many of the other protests this protest and the speech he made was seen and heard throughout the world which helped to put pressure on the administration to enact new laws.

Selma to Montgomery March 1965
Not all of the Civil Rights movement marches and protests went peacefully and just 2 years later as new laws to end some of the injustices are going through the system some of the worst violence in Civil Rights History occurs during the Selma to Montgomery marches on March 7th 1965 when TV cameras from around the world captured and showed film of police brutality against the protesters which aroused national and international public outrage and is known as "Bloody Sunday".

Most of these rights were successfully enacted into United States law with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Chicago 1966
In 1966 King decided to bring the struggle north to Chicago to fight for better conditions in the slum areas of Chicago choosing to live in the slum areas himself so he would have a better understanding of the conditions people lived under, during this time he organised many rallies and marches against some of the problems including discrimination against blacks by major chain stores, King was surprised that the reception in the north was as bad as it was, and the large amount of corruption and duplicity by political leaders. When King moved back down south he left Jesse Jackson, a seminary student to continue the fight.

Some of the issues were resolved when new equal opportunity programs begun in the 1970s

Anti Vietnam War Speeches 1967 -
In 1967 he turned his mind and speeches to Vietnam and his speeches concentrated on his belief that America should withdraw, at that time the general public and the mainstream media still supported the Vietnam War and his speeches alienated many of those who had supported his earlier causes

In 1965 there was only very small protests against the war on a few college campuses and It was not until 15 October 1969, that hundreds of thousands of people took part in National Moratorium anti-war demonstrations across the United States partly due to the introduction of the first draft lottery since World War II which would be introduced in December.
The war did end in 1975 when the capital of South Vietnam, Saigon fell to the communist forces of North Vietnam giving a North Vietnamese victory, dissolution of South Vietnam and reunification of Vietnam under the rule of the Communist Party of Vietnam

Some of the most well known of the causes he was involved with during his crusade against wrongs as he saw them in America, not all his causes were about the problems of African American civil rights, he was also opposed to the war in Vietnam and support for better working conditions for all, he was strongly influenced by the great Mahatma Gandhi's use of non violence to bring about the downfall of British Rule In India.

Mans Innovation From The 60s
The Reason Human Beings are at the top of the food chain is Mans Ability to Innovate

Below are some of Mans Innovations and Inventions from the 1960's

Laser USA by Theodore Maiman

Heart Pacemaker USA by Wilson Greatbatch

Weather Satellite USA Tiros I

Vertical Take off Jet UK

Human Space Travel Russia Yuri Gagarin - the first human in space

Communication Satellite USA Telstar

LEDs USA Light Emitting Diodes - used for displays

Tape Cassette Netherlands ( Philips )

Computer Mouse USA by Douglas Engelbart

Bubble Wrap USA by Marc A Chavannes

Optical Disk USA by James Russell - now Compact Disk

Hypertext USA for linking text on the Internet

Respirator ( replacement for the Iron Lung ) USA

Kevlar USA by Stephanie Kwolek

Fibre Optics England by Charles Keo and George Hockham

Pocket Calculator USA Texas Instruments

Heart Transplant South Africa Christian Barnard

Internet USA US military

Manned Moon Landing USA Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin walk on Moon

A Few 60's Bits
If you have $100 Converted from 1960 to 2005 it would be equivalent to $679.09 today

A Ford Mustang 2 door hardtop cost $2368

An RCA 24 inch Black and White TV cost $289.00 1960

3 bedroom 1 bath 1800 sq ft attached garage well and pump on one acre Texas $8,500

Oven ready Turkeys 39 cents per pound

Famous moments in History do not just happen

The second thing that I found interesting was how much work and effort went in prior to The historic day in History When Man first walked on the moon , ( Apollo 10 dry run except for the final prize )we sometimes forget how much work, effort and expense happens long before so that magic moment in history can happen

The 60's tidbits must include fashions and music

Fashions included hippie clothes and psychedelic outfits flower power prints, peace signs Mini, Maxi skirts, wide-bottom velvet pants, and at the end of the 60's in part due to man landing on the moon space fashions, white leather mini-dress, space boots and the Smiley Face found on anything and everything and Hippies and Flower Power

Music including the British Invasion worldwide during the mid-1960s in which several bands in the UK were creating a buzz The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Animals, and The Beatles . And with the hippie generation looking for music that reflected thier lifstyle Bob Dylan

The great concerts including Woodstock featuring great bands from the era Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who, and Jimi Hendrix

The sixties are also known for

The Vietnam War
Student Demonstrations Against The War
Martin Luther King and Civil Rights
The Kennedy Assassination
The Cuban Crisis
Man landed on the moon and the immortal words
One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind

There were also a number of firsts

First Cash Dispenser
First Computer Mouse
First Portable Calculator
First Tape Cassette

and the first Weather Satellite

The 60's

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