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The 1979 Three Mile Island Meltdown Made 'China Syndrom...

March 23, 2019

L: A sign announces the closing of the observation center for the Three Mile Island nuclear plant, following an accident on March 28, 1979. R: Michael Douglas a...

The Very First Sit-In At A Greensboro Woolworth's, 1960...

March 19, 2019

On February 1, 1960, the first "sit-in" took place in Greensboro, North Carolina, and this demonstration by four courageous young African-American men proved...

The Beatles And The Maharishi: Failed Spiritual Quest '...

March 14, 2019

The Beatles and their wives at the Rishikesh in India with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, March 1968. Seated in front of the Maharishi are Jane Asher, Paul McCartne...

The True Stories Of Nazis Who Escaped To South America

March 13, 2019

ISRAEL - CIRCA 1961: Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann smoking in his cell at Djalameh Jail; Haifa. Source: (Photo by Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Ima...

How Two Fighting Dinosaurs Sparked A 'Renaissance' In 1...

March 6, 2019

Dinosaurs do battle in a scene from the scientifically-inaccurate film 'One Million Years B.C.', 1966. (Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images) Humans' unders...

How The Death Of James Dean Put Seat Belts In Our Cars

March 2, 2019

James Dean gives a thumbs-up sign from his Porsche 550 Spyder, the Little Bastard. Dean owned the car only nine days when he lost his life in a fatal highway accide...

Countries That Don't Exist Anymore (But Did In The '60s...

February 23, 2019

Soviet gymnasts in 1975, from left: Lyudmila Tourischeva, the 23-year old world gymnast champion, Olga Koval, 13, and Elvira Saadi, 23. Source: (Hulton-Deutsch ...

Bubbling Up In The Hot '70s: Jacuzzis, The Untold Story

February 16, 2019

Turn the lights down low and fire up the jets -- it's Jacuzzi time in the '70s. Jacuzzis and hot tubs proliferated in the decade of disco, with these relaxing a...

7 Things That Didn't Fly In The 1960s But Seem Tame Now

February 12, 2019

Family Riding In Convertible, 1960s. A man, woman and three children smile from a convertible while driving on a family trip, 1960s. Source: (Lambert/Getty Images)...

The 1964 Good Friday Earthquake: Alaska's Armageddon

February 11, 2019

Those Alaskans who lived through it will never forget the calamity of March 27, 1964: the Good Friday Earthquake. Alaska is prone to earthquakes, moreso than Calif...

LEGOs Came To The US In The '70s And Still Rule Our Liv...

February 8, 2019

The LEGO System -- or as most call them, LEGOs -- came to America in the 1970s but has been around in one form or another for over 60 years. And with the rel...

How Charles Manson Ruined Dennis Wilson's Life

February 3, 2019

In the late 1960s, it was probably not a good idea to hang around with Charles Manson. Dennis Wilson didn't know that -- but nobody did, at least, not the way we know...

What Caused The Great Inflation Of The 1970s?

January 31, 2019

October 9, 1974: Close-up of President Gerald Ford during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden. He is wearing a WIN ("Whip Inflation Now") button-a symbol of th...

How Ted Bundy Invented Reality TV In The 1970s

January 28, 2019

Ted Bundy's image on a television screen on the lawn of the Florida State Prison. | Location: Starke, Florida, USA. Source: Getty/Bettmann In 1979 and 1980, a nation sat ...

The Era Of Segregation: Historical Photos Of Inequality

January 26, 2019

The United States has come a long way since institutionalized segregation. Historical photos, though, are a powerful reminder of the injustice of the "separate ...

Where Did The Peace Symbol Come From?

January 23, 2019

A group of active duty American soldiers out of uniform from the group 'GIs for Peace' carry a large banner and march amid others during a protest against the war in Vietnam, Washin...

The 'Manson Girls:' Who Were They, And Where Are They N...

January 22, 2019

The young women known as the "Manson Girls" had been normal, pretty, bright teenagers, but they're remembered for the brutal murder of seven people. Susan At...

Violence At Altamont: The 'Hells Angels Stabbing' And T...

January 16, 2019

David Crosby and Graham Nash perform with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young at the Altamont Speedway Free Festival, California, United States, 6th December 1969. S...

The 1963 March on Washington: A Civil Rights Triumph

January 10, 2019

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressing crowd of demonstrators outside the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Source: (Photo by Franc...

History of Driver's Ed: Simulators and Scare Films

January 4, 2019

Though it has a longer history, driver's education since the '50s has two components nobody can forget: driving simulators and scare films. The simulators were contr...

Groovy Trivia From 1960

December 29, 2018

Cafe Jukebox TVA couple dancing by a jukebox in a coffee bar. Groovy! Source: (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images) Jukeboxes, as well as many other period-specific concepts, weren’t exclu...

The Rise of the Preppy

December 27, 2018

The elite, private, preparatory schools of New England developed their own style of clothing that, at least for men, stretched back to the 1920s and 1930s. But it was in the 1960s that this sty...

A New Wave With A Groovy Way To Heat Food

December 26, 2018

Chemist Robert Schiffmann, seen in miniature w. lab coat & stethoscope leaning toward plate of french fries browning in microwave, thanks to his research in making foods crisp i...

Breakfast Cereals From The Groovy Era

December 24, 2018

Boy eating Corn Flakes. (Photo by Lambert/Getty Images) When you think of the word, “invention,” typically something along the lines of science and technology comes to mind. So...

History-Changing Events That Took Place In The 1960s

December 22, 2018

The 1960s brought many changes to America that changed the course of our history.In 1960, Chubby Checker brought a new dance craze, ‘The Twist.’ A quirky dance mo...

Kwanzaa: A Groovy New Holiday

December 18, 2018

Kwanzaa celebration in 2013. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images) The groovy sixties gave us a new holiday to celebrate during the winter holiday season, in a lieu of or in additi...

Two Groovy Theme Park Openings

December 9, 2018

The groovy era is often reflected upon as a simpler time. Peace and love are the themes which usually come to mind. But where peace and love go, happiness is sure to follow. Especially ...

Groovy Prom Songs From The ‘60s And ‘70s

December 7, 2018

High school proms are and have been an exciting American tradition for many high school students. Typically, proms are exclusively for upper class-men and have historicall...

How Legionnaires Disease Got Its Name– Nothing Groovy A...

December 5, 2018

Legionnaires Disease was officially diagnosed and named after a fateful American Legion Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1976. There were 4,500 A...

Death Of A Door-To-Door Salesman

December 2, 2018

Arthur Miller’s 1949 play, Death of a Salesman, tells the story of Willy Loman, a traveling salesman who believes that one only needs to be well-liked to be successful. And that might ...

The GREAT Sears Catalog Controversy of 1975

November 26, 2018

The fall/winter Sears catalog from 1957. (Photo by Annie Wells/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) In the late 1800s, the Sears, Roebuck And Company retailer began selling it...

Groovy Era Airline Stewardesses Provided Service with a...

November 12, 2018

The Wright Brothers, Wilbur and Orville, brought the concept of air travel to the forefront with their invention of the airplane in 1903.  The original airpl...

Motorcycles From The Groovy '70s

November 9, 2018

1970 Harley Davidson Electra-GlideThe 1970s was a decade that had a little bit of everything. There was the epic energy crisis that left everyone waiting in long lines to buy gasoline...

Buffy Sainte-Marie And The Folk Music Revival Of The 19...

November 8, 2018

Singer Buffy Sainte-Marie performs during Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park on October 2, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelso...

Beanbag Chairs Were Legit Furniture In The Groovy Era!

November 7, 2018

Beanbag Chairs! When we think of furniture from the groovy era, beanbag chairs immediately come to mind. These casual furniture icons came on the scene in the la...

Retro Fragrances From The Groovy Era

November 4, 2018

The '60s and '70s were some really wild and crazy years. Social norms and behaviors were changing and so was fashion. As popular as fashion always was and continues to be, the out...

Conspiracy Theories of the '60s and '70s

November 3, 2018

In his 1997 movie, Conspiracy Theory, Mel Gibson played a conspiracy theorist whose life becomes endangered when one of his theories turns out to be true. But conspiracy th...

If You Were Born In The GROOVY Era Then You Will Rememb...

November 1, 2018

Diverse First Grade Classroom ST. LOUIS-03/17/67- A junior United Nations is present in the classes of Frazier School, Brentwood, Mo. where seventeen countries ...

Remember These Freebies From The Groovy Era? Definitely...

October 29, 2018

The '60s and '70s weren’t called the groovy era for nothing! Although it is an era remembered for being a time of social unrest in the United States, there w...

Remember New Math? The "New Math" Phenomenon Explained!

October 26, 2018

High School students in the 1970s working on an algebra problem. (Photo by Boris Spremo/Toronto Star via Getty Images) When the Russians launched Sputnik into or...

Common Practices From the Groovy Era That Would NEVER “...

October 22, 2018

According to American society’s standards of today, if you were born during or before the groovy era, you just might be lucky to be alive! The rite of pas...

Kentucky Fried Chicken and the Colonel

October 14, 2018

Some of the best tasting fried chicken comes from the recipe of the Colonel, who is the master chef behind Kentucky Fried Chicken.The Colonel, Harland David Sanders, who is behi...

Civil Rights Sit-Ins

October 10, 2018

If you remember anything about the groovy era, you must surely remember the civil rights movement. The civil rights movement began with racial equality in mind and eventually culminated into an ...

Memorable Nuggets From 1961

September 29, 2018

Harpo Marx surprising someone on the comedy television show 'Candid Camera', May 1961. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images) Some of the highlights from 1961 brought us some hilariou...

You Won’t Believe These College Dorm Rooms Of The 1960s

September 25, 2018

1960: Co-eds playing campus chess with the men's dorm opposite by moving big cardboard pieces into visible windows, after first plotting strategy on a real chess...

Connie Chung’s Interviews Range from Soft to Combative ...

September 3, 2018

Connie Chung attends New York Women's Foundation 25th Anniversary Celebration at Alice Tully Hall on October 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawi...

Legionnaires’ Disease Caused Widespread Panic

August 30, 2018

In the summer of 1976, amid news coverage of America’s Bicentennial celebrations, headlines across the country announced that a mysterious illness has swept through an ...

How To Identify A Groovy Stoner From Back In The Day

August 3, 2018

Woman Smoking Marijuana A hippie woman lights up a marijuana joint in Golden Gate Park. (Photo by © Ted Streshinsky/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) The countercultu...

Top Jobs In The 1970s: Working 9 To 5

August 2, 2018

Pictured: (l-r) Dena Dietrich as Wife, Doris Roberts as Waitress, James Coco as Husband in 'The Greasy Diner' -- (Photo by: Art Selby & Al Levine/Getty Images) Although unemployme...

1960s Fallout Shelters: Safety Begins at Home

July 19, 2018

Cold War tensions were high at the start of the 1960s and most Americans felt as though a nuclear attack on U.S. soil was imminent. Powerless to stop the super-powers fro...

What Was The Cost Of First-Class Postage Stamps In The ...

July 17, 2018

Close-up of a 10-cent US postage stamp (designed by Paul Calle) that commemorates the Apollo 11 moon landing (which occurred on July 20, 1969) and was first iss...

Random Pictures from the 60s

July 16, 2018

The '60s was a time of many historic events in the United States. Many of these changes were of a social and political nature. Most of these changes reshaped the way we lived our lives.As...

Trippy Photos From The 60s Of Psychedelic Everything

July 4, 2018

The groovy era was a time of cultural change, to say the least. The counterculture generation was all about new ideas, tolerance and, yes… bucking the system! That...

Killer Bees: 1970s Fear-Mongering or Legitimate Threat?

July 3, 2018

A Colony Of Honey Bees Pictures In Piru, California March 27, 1999. Africanized Colonies Have Been Found As Far North As Ventura County. The Queen Is The Larger Be...

Dodge Rolled Out These Game Changing Models in 1970

June 27, 2018

Dodge Coronet Hemi RT 1970 Dodge Coronet Hemi RT 1970. By Simon Clay. (Photo by National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images) Dodge is one of those all-time fa...

Yeah, People Really Celebrated Their Independence In Th...

June 26, 2018

Characters from Season 12 of the daytime soap opera, Days of Our Lives, celebrating the 4th of July. (Photo by: Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) ...

Men’s Shorts Styles Of The '70s

June 14, 2018

Women’s shorts weren’t the only thing going short-short in the 1970s. Men were showing a lot more thigh, too. It seems that the overall style of the decade was skimpy…for both men an...

Incredible Engagement Photos From The '70s

June 8, 2018

Happy couples in the 1970s were eager to share the news of their upcoming nuptials with family, friends, and neighbors. Typically during the seventies, engagements were anno...

Sexy Boudoir Photos from the '70s

June 6, 2018

The nude, or nearly nude, female body has been a popular subject of photography since as early as the 1800's. Early on, the pin-up girl has been very desirable to male audiences and ...

1960s Cheerleaders: Rah! Rah! Rah!

June 5, 2018

ATHENS, GA - CIRCA 1960: Cheerleaders of the University of Georgia Bulldogs football team perform at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by University of Georgia/Collegiate Imag...

Totally Awkward Family Photos from the '70s

June 4, 2018

1970’s MOTHER FATHER AND SONS BY CHRISTMAS TREE (photo by H. Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStock/GettyImages) What in the world were we thinking? The '70s was a time of pushing ...

Rare Walmart Photos From The 70s

May 30, 2018

No one could have envisioned how much Walmart stores have changed since the 1970s, not even the store’s famous founder, Sam Walton. The growth of the mega-chain was spurred on by Walt...

Scary Crime Scene Photos from the 70s

May 29, 2018

For some reasons, people are drawn and seem to gawk at dramatic, unpleasant and often gruesome sights; similar to the proverbial train wreck. Otherwise, why would police need to...

Do You Remember Tang? The Groovy Drink Mix Of The Ameri...

May 22, 2018

American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (born Edwin E. Aldrin Jr) set up an American flag on the surface of the moon during NASA's Apollo 11 lunar mi...

U.S. Presidents Who Served In The White House During Th...

May 9, 2018

United States Presidents of the '60s and '70s were among a demographic of men that were young enough to grasp the concept of change but old enough to impleme...

San Francisco Psychedelic Rock

April 9, 2018

CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - 2013/03/30: Haight-Ashbury is a district of San Francisco named for the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets. It is also called The Haight. (Photo by John...

We All Wish Our Parents Bought Us These Valuable Vintag...

April 6, 2018

For years and years kids have loved their toys. Very early children’s toys were made of metal or wood and were heavy and clunky. Many toys were homemade in...

You Will Never Believe Who The Grinch Was Inspired By!

April 5, 2018

Theodor Seuss Geisel 1904 -1991, American writer, poet, and cartoonist at work on a drawing of a Grinch, the hero of his forthcoming book, 'How the Grinch Stole Chr...

The Day the Music Died: The Plane Crash Which Killed Bu...

April 4, 2018

View of American rock and roll musician Buddy Holly's gravestone in Lubbock, Texas, 1975. The gravestone reads 'In loving memory of our own Buddy Holly, Septemb...

Classic Cars From The 1950s

April 3, 2018

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 22: 1957 Chevy - Plymouth Belvedere - Ford Fairlane 500 Comparison Road Test performed and shot in Lancaster, and the desert north of Los Angeles, California. (Photo b...

Popular Music In The 1970s

April 2, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1977: Peter Frampton in concert circa 1977 in New York City. (Photo by Images Press/IMAGES/Getty Images) The 1970’s was a decade of music unlike any time in the past. Th...

What Were The Best Shows To Watch In The 1950s?

March 30, 2018

Console TV Vintage photograph of a console television in a living room in the 1950s. (Photo by Found Image Holdings/Corbis via Getty Images) The "Golden Age of Televisio...

Groovy Cars from the 1960s

March 28, 2018

UNITED STATES - JUNE 03: Lions Drag Strip - 1966. Tom Sturm's '4 Chevy Lovers' Chevrolet Chevelle smokes the tires as he leaves the starting line, as seen from behind. (Photo by Bud Lang/The E...

What Kinds Of Toys Were Kids Playing With In The 1960s?

March 27, 2018

Dad on the floor playing w. his 3-yr-old son who is sitting in the middle of circular toy railroad track, watching an electric train go around in living room at th...

12 Unknown Facts about Martin Luther King Jr.

March 21, 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a famous social activist that played a critical role in the American Civil Rights Movement.I am confident in declaring that Dr. Martin Lut...

Is Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech the...

March 16, 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. giving his I Have a Dream speech to huge crowd gathered for the Mall in Washington DC during the March on Washington for Jobs &...

Why Jackie Kennedy Refused To Remove Her Blood-Stained ...

March 14, 2018

November 22, 1963: President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie, who is holding a bouquet of roses, just after their arrival at the airport for the fateful dri...

Horror Movie Filming Locations from 1960's and 1970's

March 12, 2018

Horror movies in the 1960’s and 1970’s were considered groundbreaking in terms of storyline, guts and gore and filling audiences with sheer terror. The fact that ...

The Groovy Style Of The Post-Hippie 1970's

March 10, 2018

Double Dose 24th March 1971: Twins Barbara and Elaine Rogers, wearing the latest hot pants fashion craze, are both students at the London College of Fashion. (Photo by Central ...

Why did Buzz Aldrin Punch Bart Sibrel?

March 7, 2018

Pushing The Boundaries Lunar Module pilot Edwin E. Aldrin Jr on board the Lunar Module during the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission, 20th July 1969. (Photo by Neil Armstrong/Space Fr...