Articles on 1960s History

Astro Turf
AstroTurf is a term that is often used for the artificial turf/grass used in arenas, stadiums and the like for sporting events...
First Trip to Florida
The year was 1961 and I was fourteen. My parents announced that we would drive to Tampa over Easter vacation...
Gloria Stavers and 16 Magazine
With the onset of rock and roll in the '50s, Madison Avenue discovered a new income generator for their wares- teenagers...
The Birth of the Island of Surtsey - 1963 - 1967
Even people with only a little or no interest in science love watching television coverage of erupting volcanoes...
Island of the Blue Dolphins
n 1960, author Scott O'Dell, who also wrote "The King's Fifth, The Black Pearl, and Sing Down Moon, wrote and published one of the most popular children's books of all time - Island of the Blue Dolphins...
Lem Billings: John F. Kennedy's Best Friend
Depending upon whose version you read, Lem Billings was either John F. Kennedy's best friend, JFK's gay best friend, Jackie Kennedy's interior decorator, a permanent houseguest...
The Microwave Oven
The Amana Radarange debuted in Chicago in 1967 as "a product that would forever change how Americans eat and cook." It was also criticized as a gimmick that would ruin the fine art of cooking...
Money to Burn
It was 1962 and my husband and I and our two children at the time were headed to Florida from Washington State ...
Project Apollo: A promising future created in the 1960's
n 1961, President John Kennedy announced the United States' enter into the space race, with a series of exploration flights known as Project Apollo...
The Early History of the President's Council on Physical Fitness (The Eisenhower Years)
The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is an advisory committee of volunteer citizens (appointed by the President) who advise the President through the Secretary of Health and Human Services about physical activity, fitness, and sports in America...
The Jungle Book
In 1967, Disney created yet another full-length animated film, this one based (very loosely) on the 1890s book by Rudyard Kipling novel, The Jungle Book...
The Early History of the President's Council on Physical Fitness (The Kennedy Years)
Shortly before he took office, President-elect John F. Kennedy called physical fitness a defining principle of his administration...
Vietnam Slang
Wartime has historically introduced an influx of new words into the English language...
Birth Control
The concept of hormonal oral contraceptives had its roots back in the 1920's. But it wasn't until the 1950's that any type of hormonal birth control method became available for women to use...
Cappy Dick
On a Sunday morning in the early 1960's, Dad brings in the newspaper from the front stoop and returns to his favorite easy chair...
Drugs - the Sixties
"Sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll …and drugs" could have easily been the slogan for the 60's...
LIFE
Last week I found 225 Life magazines in Dad's faded red barn. Sneezing and choking, I lugged the dusty, heavy boxes that held the precious collection into blazing sunlight...
THE LEGACY OF CAMELOT
On November 22, 1963 Americans were gripped by unimaginable fear and grief - glued to their TVs. sets in a daze of disbelief. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 43rd President of the United States, had been assassinated...
Hippies Life
The 1960's gave birth to the "Hippies." These were individuals best known for rejecting many of society's morals and attitude...
Edwin Land- The Inventor of Polaroid Photography
A man named Edwin Herbert Land who devoted his life to optical research, invented instant photography or Polaroid photography...
The Golden Age of Sewing Machines
No woman could accept the true title of 'housewife' if they didn't have a sewing machine. After all, with the 60's as part of the 'Baby Boom Generation' these little boomers needed clothes...
A Girl's Life?
I bought the Life magazine for the picture of Batman on its cover- the Adam West Batman from March 11, 1966. Promising a feature on the "Mad New World of Batman, Superman, and the Marquis de Sade"...
Slang and Language – 60's
In today's society if you walk down the street you'll hear the modern slang that most are now used too; but if you traveled back to the 1960s you wouldn't understand a word they said...
The Sexual Revolution
The sexual revolution of the 1960's is an era unimaginable to many of today's young people. Granted, many teenagers and twenty-something adults engage in risky sexual acts and adopt a freethinking view towards sex...
The Story of Sabin vs. Salk
On one Sunday in the early 1960s the doors to the cafeteria of a Junior High in Springfield, PA became unlocked, and long lines of residents waited for a chance to enter the large room, a room normally not used on a weekend. What had brought all those people to that one public school?...
The Sixties
Slang is not a new concept. Teenagers and young adults growing up in the 21st century may be unaware that most of their favorite expressions and lingo originated over 40 years ago...

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