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Rare Facts And Stories About History

WTF and interesting facts about everything from The Beatles, to Freddie Mercury, to Karen Carpenter, to Charles Manson, to famous TV actors you may have forgotten about, to even the history of the 1960s hippie movement in San Francisco. If the story involves people from the "groovy era" (the time between the late 50s to the early 80s, where people often used the term "groovy"), then you'll find it here. And if we don't have any of a story you know about, join our Facebook page and let us know. Everything from works of art and people who have survived the middle of the 20th century (1960s, 1970s, through the 1980s), to any thought you might have that you want to share, all belong on the Groovy History Facebook page. There's only one. This page is a one-stop shop for any rare, interesting, and wtf facts, stories, and trivia about the '70s, '60s, and beyond. Groovy History's mission is to bring the :groovy era" back to life with moments, photos, stories, and viral posts across most social media platforms that will make amazing trivia answers someday. This is a collection of articles, lists, top 10s, and funny, WTF, interesting stories about people like Johnny Cash, the history of Laurel Canyon, the history of LEGOs, Mark Spitz, and even the alleged feud between Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. The grooviest people and stories from a groovy time, this page with article posts about the the hippie movement, Haight-Ashbury, the Beat Generation, and more is the best site you can find for history of politics, protests, music, and art. What started the movement in this generation, and where did it end up? People change over time, so this particular page of the site is a time capsule of the best moments from the middle of the 20th century. Click around and if there's anything you like, please feel free to share.

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...

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...

Jimmy Stewart Was A WWII Veteran And His PTSD Affected ...

November 11, 2019

3/24/1941-San Pedro, CA: James Stewart's costume for this next production is from a new costume department--the U.S. Army. Yes, Jimmy's passed his physical and ...

Joni Mitchell's Unseen Art: Friends, Lovers, And A Rock...

November 9, 2019

Left: Joni Mitchell in Amsterdam, 1972. Right: A detail of Mitchell's portrait of of Neil Young in 'Morning Glory On The Vine.' Sources: Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redf...

JFK: Trivia, Facts, And The Secrets You Probably Didn't...

November 8, 2019

June 04, 1961 - The first communist party secretary Nikita Khrushchev talks with U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. (Photo by Don Carl STEFFEN/Gamma-Rapho ...

Steve McQueen Stories: A Life And Biography Filled With...

November 7, 2019

Actor Steve McQueen and wife taking Sulphur bath at home, 1963. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images) Even though he passed awa...

Charles Bronson: True Stories Of The Hollywood Tough Gu...

November 3, 2019

So many actors throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s tried to exude a tough guy machismo, but Charles Bronson was the only guy was actually tough. He didn’t just grow...

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:...

'Nightmare On Elm Street' Was Inspired By Real-Life Dre...

October 21, 2019

When a horror film says that it’s based on true events that’s usually a bunch of hokum. But the strange thing about A Nightmare on Elm Street - the film Fred...

'Halloween Is Grinch Night': The 1977 Prequel To 'How T...

October 20, 2019

Is Halloween "Grinch Night?" When we think of the "Grinch," what comes to mind is How The Grinch Stole Christmas, a classic children's book by Dr. Seuss that...

The Original Walking Dead: How George Romero Created Zo...

October 19, 2019

Zombies are everywhere these days, from The Walking Dead to Zombieland: Double Tap, but these horror and Halloween mainstays are not the age-old phenomenon y...

The Curse Of The Exorcist: Behind The Scenes Of The Sca...

October 12, 2019

When The Exorcist premiered in 1973, horror-movie audiences had never seen anything quite like it. But was the movie cursed? The tale of a young girl possess...

The Wrecking Crew: The Most Famous Band You Didn't Know...

October 1, 2019

You've heard, and probably love, the music of The Wrecking Crew. The studio musicians whose chops bolstered hits by The Beach Boys, The Mamas And The Papas, ...

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...

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...

Early Nintendo: With 1966's 'Ultra Hand,' Future Game B...

September 16, 2019

What's the symbol of Nintendo -- Mario the plumber? True, the little guy with the mustache, and his brother Luigi, and Princess Peach and Bowser... there's a...

O.J. Simpson Was Passed Over For 'Terminator' Role For ...

September 15, 2019

Left: O.J. Simpson poses for a portrait in circa-1985 in Los Angeles, California. Right: Schwarzenegger in 'Terminator.' Sources: Harry Langdon/Getty Images; IM...

Was There Really A Feud Between Neil Young And Lynyrd S...

September 11, 2019

Left: Gary Rossington, Steve Gaines and Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd,on the field before the 1977 Season Opening Atlanta Braves Game. Right: Neil Young on ...

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...

'I Want Candy' Is About A 1960s Singer From The World's...

September 3, 2019

“I Want Candy,” the strangely timeless song released by The Strangeloves in 1965 (and Bow Wow Wow in 1982) has been said to be about everything from sex, to ...

How Ninjas, As You Know Them, Only Date Back To The '60...

September 2, 2019

How old are ninjas?Pop culture in the U.S. and Japan has long been fascinated by the ninja, a black-clad assassin practicing ancient Japanese martial arts an...

Starsky & Hutch Were Based On These Two Awesome Cops

August 30, 2019

Left: David Soul (L) and Paul Michael Glaser talk outdoors in a still from the television series, 'Starsky and Hutch,' circa 1977. Right: NYPD cops Telano and Sepe su...

The Studio Sabotaged 'Psycho' And The Fact That It Was ...

August 29, 2019

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is one of the most claustrophobic thrillers of the 20th century, and it features easily the most famous shower scene in film histor...

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...

Why Did Joe Strummer Of The Clash Disappear For 3 Weeks...

August 26, 2019

Joe Strummer of The Clash performs on stage at the Brixton Academy on March 8th, 1984 in London, England. (Photo by Pete Still/Redferns) Just as the band was ...

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...

Stephen King's Wife Dug 'Carrie' Out Of The Trash And M...

August 17, 2019

Left: Horror writer Stephen King in 1986. Right: Cover of the first edition of King's debut novel 'Carrie,' published in 1974. Sources: Ted Thai/The LIFE Pictur...

Is Elvis Alive? Sightings, Stories & King-Sized Conspir...

August 16, 2019

Left: Elvis Presley in concert circa 1977. Right: Detail of an image purported to be a high-resolution scan of the 'pool house photo' from 1977. Soures: R.D/Ima...

Bob Dylan's 1966 Motorcycle Accident: What Really Happe...

August 13, 2019

On July 29th, 1966, the month after Blonde On Blonde was released, Bob Dylan crashed his motorcycle near Woodstock, New York. It was a mysterious event that ...

Mr. Rogers, 'Neighborhood' Hero: Facts And True Stories

August 7, 2019

Fred Rogers, whose Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was a children's TV institution, became not just a popular TV host for kids but also a folk hero of sorts to thos...

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...

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory: Untold Stories Fro...

July 21, 2019

In 1971, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder, took audiences into a world of pure imagination. The sinister children’s story has beco...

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 ...

Disco Demolition Night, 1979: When Fed-Up Rock Fans Exp...

July 12, 2019

Steve Dahl waves to the crowd during an anti-disco promotion at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, July 12, 1979. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images) Right: A 'D...

1968: Van Morrison Risks His Life & Career For 'Astral ...

July 10, 2019

Singer/songwriter Van Morrison performs with flutist Artie Kaplan and his upright bass player at a Warner Brothers party at Steve Paul's The Scene nightclub on ...

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 ...

The David Lee Roth Fetish Photo Shoot That Almost Sank ...

July 2, 2019

Left: Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen at the Cobo Hall on July 4, 1980. (Photo by Michael Marks/Getty Images) Right: Detail ...

The Wild Bunch: Violence Sam Peckinpah Hoped Would Repu...

June 30, 2019

Left: Ben Johnson, Warren Oates, William Holden, and Ernest Borgnine in The Wild Bunch, 1969. Right: William Holden. Sources: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Ima...

Clint Eastwood: A Cowboy On Screen And In The Director'...

June 29, 2019

As "Dirty" Harry Callahan, Josey Wales, and "The Man With No Name," Clint Eastwood established himself as one of the great screen badasses of the '60s and '7...

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 /...

Stories From The Making Of 'Jaws:' Fiasco On The High S...

June 20, 2019

Left: Bruce the shark. Right: Richard Dreyfuss feigns happiness during production. Sources: (IMDB; Universal Pictures/Getty Images) Jaws (1975) has taken on l...

Paul McCartney: The Beatle Who Grew Wings And Ditched M...

June 19, 2019

Left: Promotional still from 'The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016). Right: McCartney and wife Linda McCartney from Wings backstage at Newca...

The Ramones Vs. Phil Spector: The Story Of 'End Of The ...

May 2, 2019

Portrait of the Ramones from the back cover of 'End Of The Century;' Phil Spector at a press conference at the Magic Castle circa 1978 in Los Angeles, Californi...

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...

How Black Roller Skaters Helped Make The Rink A Place F...

April 8, 2019

Black roller skaters of the '60s and '70s developed skating as an activity for adults, and helped turn the roller rink from a kids' space into a place where ...

Santana's 'Abraxas:' The Sexy Album Cover That Was A Re...

April 6, 2019

A detail of 'Annunciation' (see the full version below); Carlos Santana circa 1970. Source: Pinterest; BMI/Michael Ochs Archives/GettyImages What comes to min...

True Stories Of Big Hair And Bad Judgment: The Dirt On ...

March 29, 2019

Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil of Motley Crue on May 11, 1984 in Chicago, Il. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage) For the hair metal band Mötley Crüe, The Dirt was a ...

'American Graffiti:' True Stories About The First Ever ...

March 26, 2019

Ron Howard and Cindy Williams on the set of the film 'American Graffiti', 1973. (Photo by Universal Pictures/Getty Images) The 1973 film American Graffiti is ...

Redd Foxx, TV's Fred Sanford: Facts About Sanford & Son...

March 25, 2019

Close up of actor Redd Foxx in his TV show, Sanford & Son. Source: (Bettmann/Getty images) Redd Foxx, Sanford & Son's Fred Sanford, was one of the most amusin...

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...

Bob & Doug McKenzie: How 'Strange Brew's Original Hoser...

March 16, 2019

Bob McKenzie, played by Rick Moranis, and his brother Doug, played by Dave Thomas, appear at Flip Side Records in Chicago, Illinois, January 14, 1982. (Photo by...

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...

The 1974 Oscars Streaker: Stealing The Show By Showing ...

March 10, 2019

The 1974 Academy Awards ceremony will always be remembered for its least expected performer -- the Oscar streaker. Robert Opel dashed across the stage in his...

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...

Steve Martin's “Well, Excu-u-use Me!” - A Catchphrase T...

March 5, 2019

Paul Natkin ArchiveSteve Martin on 7/22/78 in Chicago, Il. Source: (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage) Steve Martin was always a performerWho would have ever...

How Marlon Brando and Sacheen Littlefeather Changed Osc...

February 24, 2019

Marlon Brando in 'The Godfather;' presenters Roger Moore and Liv Ullmann on stage with Sacheen Littlefeather at the 1973 Academy Awards. Credits: IMDB.com; Bett...

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 ...

William Frawley, 'I Love Lucy's Fred Mertz: A Bit Of A ...

February 22, 2019

William Frawley as Fred Mertz on the television comedy 'I Love Lucy', 1952. (Bettmann/Getty Images) On I Love Lucy, Fred Mertz, played by William Frawley, was...

Spandex History: How It Became The Fabric Of Our '80s L...

February 21, 2019

Model Christie Brinkley in a pink spandex unitard and leg warmers, 1982. Source: Bettmann/Getty While we're all aware of the look of the wonder fabric known a...

Were Bela Lugosi And Boris Karloff Rivals? The Truth Ab...

February 9, 2019

Boris Karloff as Edmond Bateman and Bela Lugosi as Dr Richard Vallin in a scene from the 1935 film, The Raven directed by Lew Landers for United Pictures. Sourc...

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...

Johnny Cash: True Stories Of The Wildman In Black

February 1, 2019

Johnny Cash at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1966. (Getty/Photo by Jan Olofsson/Redferns) Even among rough-and-tumble country singers, few lived a life as eventful...

How Laurel Canyon Became Rock Star Central In The 1960s...

January 30, 2019

'The Hollywood Vampires' (L-R -- John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Alice Cooper and Micky Dolenz) and Anne Murray celebrate an early Thanksgiving at the Troubadour...

Batman's Adam West, And The Sexy Love Life We Never Kne...

January 8, 2019

Left: American actor Adam West, 1967. Source: (Photo by Harry Dempster/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Right Frank Gorshin as The Riddler. Source: IMDB ...

When Rod Stewart Was 'Rod The Mod'

January 6, 2019

Rod Stewart and Faces. Concert in USA. April 1975. Source: (Photo by WATFORD/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images) During the groovy era, countless, hip music artists were front and ...

Shel Silverstein: 'Giving Tree' Author Also Wrote 'A Bo...

December 13, 2018

Photo of Shel Silverstein, 1968 (Photo by Alice Ochs/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Today, we remember the American writer Shel Silverstein more for his ...

Joe Cocker: The Woodstock Screamer Was A Master Interpr...

November 14, 2018

Joe Cocker performing on stage at the Whisky a Go-Go with the Grease Band in 1969. (Photo by Jim McCrary/Redferns) Joe Cocker's Woodstock performance of "With...

Freddie Mercury's Story: The Queen Singer's Most Legend...

October 30, 2018

Freddie Mercury touched the lives of millions when he sang that legendary set at Live Aid in 1985. But before that, and after that, the Freddie Mercury story...

She Was 'Family Affair's Buffy: Anissa Jones's Tragic D...

October 13, 2018

'Family Affair' Actress Anissa Jones during filming of the television show 'Family Affair,' 1967. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) Whatever ha...

Kris Kristofferson: The Country Outlaw Who Went Hollywo...

October 1, 2018

Kris Kristofferson on the cover of his 1970 debut album 'Kristofferson,' and in the 1977 film 'Semi-Tough.' Source: (discogs.com; United Artists/Getty Images) ...

Olympian Mark Spitz: True Stories Of Munich's Gold Meda...

September 16, 2018

Mark Spitz, the United States swimming champion, swimming the butterfly stroke during a training session in 1972. (Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/C...

No Free Passes: George Carlin Was An Equal Opportunity ...

September 10, 2018

Left: George Carlin performing on 'Midnight Special' in 1974. Right: Carlin in 'Car Wash' (1976). Sources: NBCU Photo Bank / Getty; IMDB. George Carlin had li...

Erin Moran: From 'Happy Days' To Not-So-Happy Days

September 8, 2018

Left: Tom Bosley, Erin Moran, and Scott Baio on 'Joanie Loves Chachi.' Right: Erin Moran publicity photo cfrom 1983. Source: IMDB; Photo by Walt Disney Television via G...

Beyond 'Tiny Bubbles:' Don Ho, Hawaii's Favorite Son

August 21, 2018

Hawaiian singer Don Ho, of "Tiny Bubbles" fame, was a popular entertainer throughout the '60s and '70s. In addition to recording hit songs, Ho entertained crowds a...

Marcia! Marcia! Marcia! Eight Facts You Never Knew Abou...

August 16, 2018

In a departure from the traditional family structure represented on other TV shows, ABC debuted a new television series in 1969 about a blended family called...

Who Was The Rolling Stones' 'Angie?' Theories About Her...

July 24, 2018

The 1973 acoustic ballad "Angie" by the Rolling Stones shot to the top of the charts when it was released on the group’s Goats Head Soup album. In fact, it i...

Garrett Morris: Chico Escuela Been Berry Berry Good For...

July 11, 2018

Left: Garrett Morris on 'Saturday Night Live' in 1980. Right: Morris in 'Cooley High' (1975). Sources: Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images; IMDB ...

Elizabeth Montgomery And 'Bewitched:' Behind The Scenes

May 31, 2018

Elizabeth Montgomery of 'Bewitched,' circa 1960; Paul Lynde as Uncle Arthur on 'Bewitched.' Source: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images; IMDB. On Bewitched, El...