1960s Pop History – 1969

Sixties Pop HistoryPresident: Richard M Nixon, Vice President: Spiro T Agnew
The 1960sThe population of the United States is 201,385,000
60sNational Debt is 365.8 Billion (-2.9 billion)
sixtiesUnemployment is 3.6% (down just a pinch)
pop history 1960sLife Expectancy: 70.5 years
information 60sFamily median income = $8,389. (up $646. from 1968)
events 1963Inflation rate = 6.2%
facts 1963Academy Award : Oliver! (click to buy) (Best Picture)
pop culture 60'sGrammy Award : Mrs. Robinson (click to buy) (Best Song); By the Time I Get to Phoenix (click to buy) (Best Album)
important sixties stuffBest Selling Books : The Godfather (click to buy) ; Slaughterhouse-Five (click to buy) ; Portnoy’s Complaint (click to buy)
60s factsMan walks on the moon!! Affirming the late President Kennedy’s promise, Neil Armstrong is the first person to ever step onto the lunar surface exclaiming “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind”
1960's quick factsYasser Arafat is elected Palestine Liberation Organization leader a post he will hold until his death in 2004
pop historyGolda Meir becomes the first female prime minister of Israel
60s historyAn explosion and oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, spills 100 – 300,000 barrels of oil
1960s pop historyAn American teenager known as Robert R. becomes patient #1 in the U.S. HIV/AIDS epidemic
1963 pop cultureJohn Lennon records “Give Peace a Chance” for his bed-in for peace demonstration
the year 1963Edward M. Kennedy drives off a bridge on his way home from a party on Chappaquiddick Island killing his companion Mary Jo Kopechne
1960s historyThe movie Midnight Cowboy (click to buy) is the first ever X Rated film to win an Oscar
imporant events in 1963The Woodstock Festival is held in upstate New York, it is a mecca for 500,000 anti-war activist and hippies (see Famous People – Entertainers)
1963 pop cultureHurricane Camille, a Category 5 hurricane, hits the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing $1.5 billion in damage
year 1963Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas opens the first restaurant in Columbus, Ohio it is named after his daughter’s nick-name
1960s historyThe first ARPANET link is established laying the foundation for the internet
events in 1963Long John Silver’s restaurant chain opens its first store in Lexington, KY
1960s historyThe GAP opens its first store in San Francisco named for the “generation gap” they sold records and blue jeans
facts about 1963The Unix computer operating system is introduced by Bell Laboratories for use with larger computer systems
1960s historyFrosted Mini-Wheats, Kaboom breakfast food and Pringles potato chips all find their way onto American tables
1960s historyThe U.S. military goes to a lottery type draft to select inductees, it proves to be flawed however and the math behind it is changed the next year
events in 1963The Cuyahago River in Cleveland, Ohio literally caught on fire because of massive pollutants and is credited as the start of the environmental movement
1960s historyThe book On “Death and Dying” is written by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, it defines the 5 stages of death and is the foundation in the near future for hospices
popular events of 1963Dow Jones Industrial Average rises above 1,000 for the first time in history
1960s historyThe following TV shows debuted: The Liver Birds, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, The Bill Cosby Show, The Flip Wilson Show, Hee Haw, Marcus Welby M.D., The Brady Bunch, Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Sesame Street

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