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Hot Dr. Pepper Recipe (Easy + Gourmet): The 1960s Treat...

December 6, 2019

Oatmeal is best when you've got a collection of berries, just the right amount of sugar, a little spice, and some citrus zest. Keep that in mind as you read ...

Frank Serpico, The Original Whistleblower, Was NYPD's G...

December 5, 2019

Frank Serpico is a former New York City cop whose anti-corruption stance made him unpopular in the NYPD. Ultimately, though, his whistleblowing efforts to ca...

KFC: Japan's Groovy Christmas Tradition That Started In...

December 4, 2019

Every year millions of Japanese families flood their local KFC locations to take part in the annual tradition of Kurisumasu ni wa Kentakkii: Kentucky for Chr...

Canadian Natives Were Imprisoned On Christmas Day For A...

December 3, 2019

In the early 20th century, the Canadian government banned potlatch in an effort to destroy Native culture, depriving a generation of Tribal members of an imp...

The Twinkie Defense Myth: How Dan White, Harvey Milk's ...

November 27, 2019

Dan White and Twinkies. Sources: Bettmann / Contributor / Getty Images; Wikimedia Commons Can a diet of Twinkies lead to murder? If you buy the "Twinkie defen...

Lee Harvey Oswald Was Killed By Jack Ruby, But Why?

November 24, 2019

Daily News front page November 25, 1963 - Headline: THE FATAL SHOT - Jack Ruby aims at Presidential assassin Lee Oswald in Dallas and shoots(Photo By: /NY Daily News v...

Patty Hearst, Criminal Or Victim? Facts And Trivia Abou...

November 19, 2019

Patty Hearst welcome home button. Tania was the name she received from the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). In 1974 she became a member of the FBI's ten most w...

Jonestown Massacre: What It Meant To 'Drink The Kool-Ai...

November 18, 2019

Jim Jones. Photo by Michèle VIGNES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images Nearly 1,000 men, women, and children died at Jonestown, in Guyana, on November 18, 1978. Orde...

Apollo 12 Mission: 9 Wild Facts & Trivia You Probably D...

November 14, 2019

The Apollo 12 mission took Pete Conrad, Richard Francis Gordon Jr, and Alan Bean the Moon -- the second trio of Astronauts to make the trip. Following in th...

Would-Be Reagan Assassin John Hinckley Jr. Leads A Stra...

November 13, 2019

John Hinckley Jr. sitting on fence wall in front of the White House. The picture is undated, but believed to have been taken less than a year before his attempt...

Amityville Horror: What Really Happened? A Mob Hit, A D...

October 29, 2019

The Amityville Horror was the second-highest grossing film in 1979, a terrifying tale based, we were told, on actual events. Part one of the story is a fact:...

Do You Believe In Ghosts? 10 Real-Life 1960s Ghost Stor...

October 27, 2019

Ghost stories of the 1960s involve hauntings, poltergeists, restless spirits from beyond the grave, and at least one headless murderer. Accounts of these spo...

1986: When A Former Nazi Sued Satan In The Name Of Jesu...

October 24, 2019

In 1986, Ralph P. Forbes of London, Arkansas, decided he'd had enough of Halloween devilishness, and filed a lawsuit.On behalf of himself, Jesus Christ, and ...

Razor Blades in Halloween Candy: History Of The Myth Th...

October 23, 2019

1968: Booby-trapped apple with razor blade concealed inside is examined by policewoman Carol MacKay. It was given as Halloween handout to a 7-year-old child in ...

'Satanic Panic!' A Brief History Of How And Why The Who...

October 22, 2019

The "Satanic Panic" of the 1980s is one of those episodes of mass hysteria that leaves you wondering: How did this happen? Because even after it's explained,...

This Is What Famous Director Tim Burton Wore On Hallowe...

October 10, 2019

You'd think that Tim Burton likes Halloween. Burton is the auteur who brought us Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, and Batman He also wrote and produced the ...

Alan Alda, Feminist: M*A*S*H Star Was The Sensitive '70...

October 8, 2019

Alan Alda at press conference for their television series MASH. Photo by Ann Clifford/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images In the '70s, there was ...

15 WTF Maidenform Bra Ads And What They Mean

October 7, 2019

The conical jut of Maidenform bras may no longer be in style, but the Maidenform bra ad will always be iconic. "I dreamed I _____ in my Maidenform bra" was the template of...

King Tut Fever Of The 1970s Was PR For A Middle East Tr...

October 5, 2019

The exhibition of the tomb of Kink Tutankhamun -- "King Tut" -- in the 1970s was a museum phenomenon unlike any the world had seen. King Tut and the associat...

Photographs That Capture What Life Was Like In The ’60s

October 3, 2019

As the first decade of the groovy era, the 1960s were a time full of radical change, great music, and amazing fashions. The same decade that gave us Woodstock als...

10 Concept Cars Of The '60s We Wish Had Been Made

October 3, 2019

Concept cars of the 1960s reflected the era's science-fiction inspired futurism, along with real innovation and the mod styling that is appealing even 50 years later....

'The Endless Summer' Was The First Real Surfing Movie

October 2, 2019

Before The Endless Summer, Bruce Brown's 1966 documentary, surfing films weren’t really films about surfing. They were beach party films that were less about catc...

Sandy Warner: Exotica King Martin Denny's Cover Girl

September 27, 2019

You’ve seen Sandra "Sandy" Warner on Martin Denny's album covers, even if you're not sure who Martin Denny is. The albums had titles like Exotica, Primitiva, Quiet...

How 400+ Indians Occupied Alcatraz And Changed Richard ...

September 26, 2019

Native Americans, one named Tim Williams (a chief of the Klamath River Hurek tribe), approaching Alcatraz Island by boat, late 1969 or early 1970. Photo by Ralp...

How LBJ's Dog's Ears Became A National Concern In 1964

September 24, 2019

In 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson lifted a beagle by its ears in front of reporters, he enraged animal lovers and animal rights groups. Johnson, a Texan an...

The Very Real Rhinoceros Political Party Of Canada

September 22, 2019

What if Canada was Ruled By The Rhinoceros Party of Canada (neorhino.ca/) The satirical political group known as the Rhinoceros Party formed in Canada in 1963 and ha...

1960s Life Vs. Today: Numbers That Will Astound You

September 20, 2019

Vintage 1960 Wedding Family Portrait. Source: (Getty/steinphoto) What do we do differently now than we did 50 years ago? A look at the numbers and statistics tells u...

1960s Sugar Companies Paid Harvard Scientists To Make F...

September 19, 2019

A young woman in a bikini eats a Butterfingers brand candy bar as she sunbathes on a beach near Malibu, California, 1970. (Photo by Co Rentmeester/The LIFE Pict...

Chilling Photos From The Groovy Era

September 17, 2019

We can find a myriad of narratives in historical photos, and not all of them are pleasant. They can show us slices of life that we’d rather not think about, and startling images that w...

Heineken's WOBO Bottle, Designed For People To Build Ho...

September 17, 2019

For Alfred "Freddy" Heineken, building a house out of glass beer bottles was a solution to two problems -- and in 1960, it was a visionary attempt at recycli...

'Guess Who's Coming To Dinner' Was A Racial Reality Che...

September 14, 2019

In Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, Sidney Poitier plays John, a black man meeting his white fiancee's parents, who are played by Spencer Tracy and Katharine He...

Australia, 1960: Shocking Kidnapping-Murder Leads To La...

September 13, 2019

In 1960 Graeme Thorne, an eight-year-old Australian boy was abducted and murdered after his parents, Bazil and Freda Thorne, won the Sydney Opera House lotte...

1967: When Computer Science Was 'Women's Work' Because ...

September 12, 2019

A woman working on a Honeywell tape drive computer, circa 1969. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images) In the late 1960s, computers were hulking, unsexy m...

Disney Created Fake Companies To Buy Up Land In Florida

September 8, 2019

Left: Disney World's Magic Kingdo under construction prior to its 1971 opening. Right: A window on Main Street commemorates M.T. Lott Real Estate Investments. Sour...

Modulex: The Short-Lived 1963 LEGO for Architects

September 7, 2019

Shopping the Modulex way. Source: flickr.com/photos/minkowsky/ We've all seen impressive Lego models of buildings and cities, but there was once a name for Lego archit...

The CIA Would Use 'Love Dolls' As Decoys In The 1970s

September 6, 2019

In the thick of the Cold War, America's Central Intelligence Agency conscripted unfeeling, pneumatic specialists to foil the enemy: inflatable plastic or rubber l...

Gunter Schabowski: How One Man's Mistake Brought Down T...

September 4, 2019

Left: Gunter Schabowski at a press conference on November 9. 1989. Right: Citizens demolishing the Berli Wall. Sources: DPA/AFP/Getty Images; theimaginativecons...

How The 1960s Made Us Scared Of Quicksand

August 31, 2019

Why were we afraid of quicksand? On TV shows and in movies of the '60s and '70s, quicksand was a go-to plot twist that could be inserted virtually anywhere for a jolt of susp...

Why Were Blacklight Posters So Popular In The '70s?

August 28, 2019

Few wall adornments are so quintessentially '70s as the blacklight poster, depicting Marvel superheroes, noble warriors, R. Crumb cartoons or drug imagery. Througho...

1960: The First Woman To Win 3 Olympic Gold Medals Had ...

August 27, 2019

Medalists in the Ladies 200 meter final at the 1960 Rome Olympics. From left to right, Britain's Dorothy Hyman (bronze), the USA's Wilma Rudolph (gold) and Germ...

Long Haired Men, Employee Mustaches Were Banned From Di...

August 25, 2019

A hippy at the Isle of Wight pop festival in 1970. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images) When Disneyland opened in 1955, men with flowing locks of hair wer...

1960: Australian Pilot Stops Hijack By Punching Terrori...

August 24, 2019

Hijacking planes was a pretty new concept in 1960, but when a bomb-toting freak tried to pull something on a Trans Australian Airline flight, he got a knuckl...

This Is How Satanism Was Invented In The 1960s

August 21, 2019

Who founded the Satanic Church, and how old is Satanism? Well, Satan is an old idea -- an Old Testament villain -- but Satanism only goes back to 1966. That's when Anton...

MSG Isn't Bad For You: How A Groovy-Era Myth Started

August 20, 2019

Left: A window filled with roasted ducks at a restaurant in Chinatown, central London. Right: Food packaging bearing the 'No MSG' messge. Sources: David Cliff/SOPA Im...

Sgt. Pilcher: The Narc Who Arrested Mick Jagger, John L...

August 19, 2019

Beatle John Lennon and his Japanese girlfriend Yoko Ono leaving Marylebone Magistrates Court after they appeared to answer charges of drug possession and police...

Nudie Suits: Flashy Rodeo Fashion Of Rock And Country S...

August 15, 2019

Left: Country-rocker Gram Parsons in his famous custom Nudie Suit circa 1969. Right: Robert Redford in the Nudie suit he wore in 'The Electric Horseman,' (1979)...

More Than Andy Warhol: 10 Pop Artists Of The '60s

August 6, 2019

We've all seen Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans and Roy Lichtenstein's comic-book canvases -- the "Pop Art" movement that popped in the 1960s is practically defined...

There'll Never Be Another Woodstock: 50th Anniversary F...

August 2, 2019

Left: Poster art for the doomed Woodstock 50 festival. Right: John Fogerty performs on stage at the announcement of the Woodstock 50 Festival Line-Up on March 1...

That One Time Queen Met The Queen In 1974 (And Everyone...

July 30, 2019

British rock band Queen posing with a woman, September 1974. Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images Queen, the group that would give us "Bohemian Rhapsody" and...

The Fisher Protocol: Nutty Plan To Hide Launch Codes In...

July 29, 2019

Left: All hell breaks loose when the computer in 'Wargames' figures out the nuclear launch code. Right: Is this a valid deterrent? Sources: YouTube; Lepro/Getty...

While He Created Dungeons & Dragons, Gary Gygax's Wife ...

July 28, 2019

In 1974, wizard Gary Gygax brought Dungeons & Dragons to the masses, and role-playing games have been a massive phenomenon in the decades since. Gygax (and h...

Who Killed Sharon Tate? How The Manson Murders Went Dow...

July 26, 2019

Left: Sharon Tate circa 1968. Right: Charles 'Tex' Watson, one of the Manson Family members involved in Tate's murder. Sources: Silver Screen Collection/Archive...

Deadheads Forever: How The Grateful Dead Live On

July 26, 2019

Left: Original lineup of The Grateful Dead featuring (l-r) Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan. Right: A Deadhead holds a sign i...

How Volvo Inventor Nils Bohlin Made Cars Safer For Ever...

July 24, 2019

Safe, not sexy -- that's been the Volvo way. The Swedish car manufacturer can claim a life-saving invention in the three-point seat belt, developed by a Volv...

Rare Stories From Woodstock 1969: Some Do Remember It

July 22, 2019

A woman sits on the grass waiting for a bus to take her to the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, New York, August 1969. The festival ran from August 15 to 18. (Photo by...

The True Story Of Sukeban: Violent Girl Gangs Of '70s J...

July 18, 2019

Violent schoolgirls on the loose, ruthless brawlers in cute outfits, teens with concealed razor blades -- the young female street-gangsters known as sukeban ...

How The Hells Angels Became America's Notorious Black S...

July 5, 2019

Members of the Hells Angels gang, acting as both security and hoodlums, jump the stage with Jorma Kaukonen of the Jefferson Airplane on December 6, 1969 at the ...

Service Before Stardom: Photos Of 28 Icons Who Served I...

July 4, 2019

Left: Willie Nelson playing a show in South Carolina in 1996. Right: Nelson during his time in the air force, circa 1950. Sources: (Paul Natkin/WireImage; Wikim...

Bobby Fischer, Cold War Chess Hero: His Rise And Eccent...

June 28, 2019

Left: Bobby Fischer in an undated photo. Right: Fischer poses for a portrait in the photographer's home in 1971 in New York City, New York. Credits: IMDB; David...

'Roots:' The Show About Race That United American Viewe...

June 27, 2019

Left: LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte in 'Roots.' Right: Lloyd Bridges (as Evan Brent) and Georg Stanford Brown (as Tom Harvey). Source: IMDB; Walt Disney Televisio...

7 Failed Presidential Assassination Attempts Of The '60...

June 23, 2019

Left: Chaotic scene of the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley, Jr. Press Secretary James Brady (in blue suit with two men over him) was cri...

Fire On The Cuyahoga River: 1969's Environmental Wake-U...

June 21, 2019

Left: Firemen spray water on a fire in the Cuyahoga River in 1952, in a photograph that was wrongly associated with the 1969 fire. Right: Fire. Sources: Getty /...

Becoming Charles Manson: His Life Before The Tate-LaBia...

June 14, 2019

Left: Charles Manson in 1970. Right: Manson at Federal Correctional Institute (FCI) Terminal Island, California on May 2, 1956. Sources: Bettmann/Contributor/Ge...

I'm With The Band: GTOs And Groupies According To Pamel...

June 12, 2019

Left: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page accompanied by his girlfriend Miss Pamela (Pamela Des Barres) on June 3, 1973 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich...

'Ballad Of The Green Berets' Singer Barry Sadler's Rise...

June 3, 2019

Left: Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler in 1966. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images). Right: Sadler's mug shot from 1979. Courtesy Nashville Metropolitan Po...

We Got Pele: NY Cosmos And American Soccer Mania In The...

June 2, 2019

For a moment in the 1970s, Pelé and the New York Cosmos seemed capable of doing the impossible: turning America into a soccer-loving nation. Soccer isn't Ame...

1966: Buffalo Springfield Warns Us To 'Stop, Children.....

May 31, 2019

"There's something happening here / What it is ain't exactly clear..."The ominous words and high, lonely guitar notes of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's...

'Keep On Truckin,'' The Hippie Slogan R. Crumb Regrets ...

May 30, 2019

Left: A 'Keep On Truckin' print currently available from crumbproducts.com. Right: Blind Boy Fuller. Sources: crumbproducts.com; public domain/Wikimedia Commons...

NASCAR In The '60s & '70s: Fighters, Cheaters And Richa...

May 26, 2019

NASCAR drivers in the '60s and '70s were some of the most colorful pro athletes in sports. Racers like Richard Petty, Wendell Scott, David “Silver Fox” Pears...

What Was Swinging London? Mods, Miniskirts & Music In '...

May 22, 2019

Left: Michael Caine during the filming of 'Alfie,' a promotional image from the 2017 documentary 'My Generation.' Right: Pete Townshend of The Who sporting a Un...

Rise Of The 'Moonies:' Is The Unification Church A Cult...

May 8, 2019

Right: Unification Church leader Sun Myung Moon presiding over mass wedding ceremony in the early '80s. Left: Moon with President Nixon in 1974. Sources: Allan ...

The Sexy Stewardess Stories of 'Coffee, Tea Or Me?' Wou...

May 4, 2019

A book like Coffee, Tea or Me? could only happen in 1967. We've lost something in the evolution of the flight attendant, from the servile stewardess: sex app...

Vargas Girls: From WWII Cheesecake To The Cars' 'Candy-...

May 1, 2019

Early in the 20th century, an American visual style was invented by the Peruvian-born artist Alberto Vargas. The "Vargas Girls" he painted, as they were late...

Philippe Petit: High-Wire Walking Notre Dame And The Wo...

April 26, 2019

You've heard of the daredevil who walked a wire between the towers of New York's World Trade Center: Philippe Petit. But Notre Dame de Paris, the cathedral t...

What We Loved About Record Stores Back In The Day

April 24, 2019

Left: Shop founder Geoff Travis in the Rough Trade Shop, London, circa 1977. Source: (Photo by Estate Of Keith Morris/Redferns/Getty Images) Right: browsing in a record ...

How MAD Magazine Covered The '60s: What, Me Hippie?

April 23, 2019

In the ‘60s, MAD magazine covers grappled with issues of the day as much as any newspaper's editorial page. The images frequently played to both sides of an issue, ...

My Lai And The Trial Of Lt. Calley: Vietnam's Darkest H...

April 22, 2019

American 'Huey' helicopters in flight during the My Lai massacre on March 16, 1968 in My Lai, South Vietnam; the controversial cover of Esquire, November 1970, ...

Vaughn Meader's 'First Family:' The JFK Comedy Album Th...

April 21, 2019

In 1962, comedian Vaughn Meader satirized John F. Kennedy on The First Family, a live comedy album that both lampooned and celebrated the Kennedy family. At ...

Celebrity Kidnappings: Patty Hearst, Frank Sinatra Jr, ...

April 20, 2019

Patty Hearst with a machine gun in 1979, and a newspaper clipping from 1963 about the kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr. Source: Bettmann/Contributor/Getty; rarene...

Why Do So Many People Think The Moon Landing Was Fake?

April 19, 2019

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo 11 Lunar Module on the surface of the Moon -- right? Well, that depends on whom you ask. Maybe...