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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.

Monday Night Football: 50 Years Of Facts And Trivia

September 21, 2020

Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford, and Don Meredith in 1971. Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images On Se...

Jimi Hendrix, Guitar Genius Who Died At 27: Facts And S...

September 18, 2020

Rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix performs onstage with his Fender Stratocaster electric guitar at the Newport Pop Festival on June 20, 1969 in Devonshire Downs, Cali...

Rapper's Delight By Sugar Hill Gang, The First Top 40 H...

September 16, 2020

Sugar Hill Gang (L-R Michael "Wonder Mike" Wright, Guy "Master Gee' O'Brian and Henry "Big Bank" Jackson) perform on stage circa 1979 in New York. (Photo by Mic...

The Star Wars Toy Empire Launched With An Empty Box

September 2, 2020

New Star Wars toys, particularly action figures, are inevitable with the release of each film in the 40-plus year-old movie franchise. But when the very first Star ...

When The Grateful Dead Helped Lithuania Win Basketball ...

August 23, 2020

When Lithuania's men's basketball team played at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, they did so with help from the Grateful Dead. The relationship with the long...

Ian Anderson: Jethro Tull's Famous Flute Man, Stories A...

August 10, 2020

Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull performs live on stage at the Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park, London on November 14 1974 (Photo by Ian Dickson/Redferns) Few r...

Robert Mitchum: Hollywood's First Bad Boy And Star Poth...

August 6, 2020

Left: Actor Robert Mitchum smokes a cigarette outdoors, circa 1948. Right: Mitchum with Marilyn Monroe in 'River Of No Return' (1954). Sources: Hulton Archive/G...

'Lawrence Of Arabia,' Starring Peter O'Toole: Facts And...

August 2, 2020

At nearly four hours long, Lawrence of Arabia is a career defining performance by Peter O’Toole, and it’s one of the greatest films ever made. Directed by Da...

Bruce Springsteen, 'Born To Run,' And The Lawsuit That ...

July 27, 2020

Bruce Springsteen backstage at Hammersmith Odeon, London before his first UK show, 18th November 1975. (Photo by Mark and Colleen Hayward/Getty Images) With t...

Hunter S. Thompson: Stories And Quotes From The '70s Go...

July 18, 2020

Known for his seminal works like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Hell’s Angels, Hunter S. Thompson was a journalist (or "gonzo journalist") who was down f...

What Changed Richard Simmons? The 'Fat People Die Young...

July 12, 2020

Richard Simmons has been a flamboyant fitness evangelist for over four decades. What makes him such a tireless fanatic? A near-death experience -- if only a ...

Whoopee! Wild 'Newlywed Game' Answers, An Urban Legend ...

July 11, 2020

Bob Eubanks on 'The Newlywed Game,' April 23, 1970. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) ...

Billy Preston: Stories And Life Of The (Almost) Fifth B...

July 7, 2020

Billy Preston (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Billy Preston left his mark on the pop charts with the hits "Will It Go Round In Circles?," "Nothi...

Why Didn't The Kinks Catch On In America? Their Self-De...

June 21, 2020

The Kinks in 1965: Ray Davies, Pete Quaife, Dave Davies and Mick Avory holding playing cards (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns) The Kinks are responsible for man...

Joan Rivers: Can We Talk About The Funny Woman Who Scar...

June 8, 2020

Joan Rivers on 'The Hollywood Palace.' Airdate: February 5, 1966. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Ge...

Tom Jones, The Unusual Star With The Biggest Voice: Sto...

June 7, 2020

Tom Jones performing in Atlanta in 1977. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Roaring out of Wales with a show-stopping baritone, Tom Jones became fa...

Who Shot (And Technically Killed) Andy Warhol -- And Wh...

June 3, 2020

Left: Actress Valerie Solanas (center), 28, is booked on June 3, 1968, in connection with the shooting a few hours earlier of pop artist Andy Warhol. Right: War...

1965: SpaghettiOs Were Invented And Sold For The First ...

May 16, 2020

Uh-oh, SpaghettiOs. It doesn’t seem like this would be the best tagline for a canned pasta-and-tomato-sauce meal that was meant to be a simple and easy way f...

Stevie Wonder: Facts, Trivia, Things You Didn't Know Ab...

May 13, 2020

Stevie Wonder circa 1970. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images With songs like "Superstition," "I Wish," and "Boogie On Reggae Woman," Stevie Wonder re...

Exile On Main Street: The Rolling Stones' Best Album Is...

May 12, 2020

Left: Cover art of 'Exile on Main Street.' Right: Mick Jagger on stage in 1972. Sources: Amazon.com; photo by Robert Knight Archive/Redferns A great Rolling S...

Fred Astaire: Biography, Things You Didn't Know, Trivia...

May 10, 2020

Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth in a publicity portrait issued for the film, 'You Were Never Lovelier', 1942. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images) ...

How The Guess Who Wrote 'American Woman' By Accident (L...

May 9, 2020

"American Woman" by The Guess Who might seem like an anthem praising the ladies of the 50 states... maybe an heir to the Beach Boys' "California Girls." But ...

Willie Nelson: Stories Of Legendary Outlaw/Bio Of Count...

April 29, 2020

Willie Nelson performs on stage at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, England in June 1982. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns) Willie Nelson, also known as The A...

1982: Rod Stewart Was Mugged, Gunman Steals His $50,000...

April 26, 2020

English Rock singer Rod Stewart performs onstage at the Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, Illinois, January 12, 1982. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images) Rock star ...

1978: Phillie Phanatic Makes His First Ever Appearance,...

April 25, 2020

Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda with the Phillie Phanatic during an MLB baseball game at Veterans Stadium circa 1981 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. La...

Barbara Walters: The First Woman Nightly News Anchor Ev...

April 22, 2020

For over 50 years, Barbara Walters was a familiar face on TV news, starting with The Today Show, and continuing through the ABC Evening News, 20/20, and The ...

The Seattle Space Needle: Opened In 1962, A National La...

April 21, 2020

The Seattle Space Needle, built for the 1962 World's Fair, is a structure that symbolizes its city like few others -- it does what the Eiffel Tower does for ...

1956: Grace Kelly Marries Prince Rainier of Monaco

April 18, 2020

Following their church wedding on April 19, 1956, the real Princess Grace and Prince Ranier wave from a palace window. Filed 1/11/1983. UPI/CORBIS-BETTMANN. BPA 2# 5454...

Ray Kroc: McDonald's Founder's Life, Legacy, And Storie...

April 15, 2020

The sign says McDonald's, but it's Ray Kroc whose name and face are on the plaque inside. Fast food as we know it was shaped by the late Kroc, who opened his...

1985: 'We Are The World' Hits #1 On The Charts As The W...

April 13, 2020

Just reading the title “We Are The World” puts the unforgettable chorus in your head. Sung by a bevy of stars at the height of their fame, the song came toge...

1962: Original Bassist For The Beatles, Stuart Sutcliff...

April 10, 2020

George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe, and John Lennon photographed in 1960 by Astrid Kirchherr. © Astrid Kirchherr / Getty Images Stuart Sutcliffe, bassist for T...

Marlon Brando: Stories, Bio, And Facts You Didn't Know ...

April 3, 2020

Marlon Brando on the set of The Wild One, directed by Laslo Benedek. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images) In A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), O...

This 1950s High School Girl's Purse Was Found In Ohio, ...

March 26, 2020

Patti Rumfola's purse, found behind a locker at North Canton Middle School in Ohio wasn't just a purse -- it was an accidental time capsule. Rumfola graduate...

What Is In Graceland? A Look Into When Elvis Bought Gra...

March 19, 2020

Elvis Presley with Rolls Royce in front of Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images) Today, Elvis Presley's Grac...

1959: When Congress Approved Hawaii As A State, And Hol...

March 12, 2020

Left: Wlvis Presley in a publicity photo for 'Blue Hawaii' (1961). Right: the cover of 'Hawaii in Stereo' by Leo Addeo and his Orchestra. Sources: Michael Ochs ...

1969: The Details Of When Jim Morrison Got Arrested On ...

March 1, 2020

Rock singer Jim Morrison of the Doors posing in front of red and yellow psychedelic backdrop wearing leather head-to-toe. (Photo by Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture C...

Ric Flair: Nature Boy, Wrestling Icon, A Legend In His ...

February 25, 2020

Left: Ric Flair in a publicity photo. Right: Flair talking smack on 'World Championship Wrestling.' Source: facebook.com/RicFlairNatureBoy Ric Flair is an ico...

Lee Marvin: A Man's Man, Pacifist, Progressive, And Com...

February 19, 2020

Lee Marvin was one of Hollywood's tough guys, taking no guff in such films as The Killers (1964), The Professionals (1966), The Dirty Dozen (1967) and Point ...

'I Love Lucy's Original Opening Credits Showed Lucy & R...

February 13, 2020

Dancer/actress Lucille Ball posing in strapless black lace evening dress, holding lit cigarette on couch. (Photo by John Florea/The LIFE Picture Collection via ...

Anna May Wong: Biography Of The First Ever Chinese-Amer...

February 11, 2020

1939: Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong (1907 - 1961), stage name of Wong Liu Tsong, in a scene from the film 'Island Of Lost Men', directed by Kurt Neuman...

James Dean: Stories Of The Legendary Actor You Haven't ...

February 8, 2020

Rakish and silent, James Dean was an actor who defined a generation with only a handful of roles. While he’s stellar in East of Eden (1955) and Giant (1956),...

Pink Floyd's 'The Wall:' Stories You Didn't Know About ...

February 7, 2020

Pink Floyd perform on stage at Earls Court Arena on 'The Wall' tour, on August 7th, 1980 in London, England. (Photo by Pete Still/Redferns) Pink Floyd's The W...

Legos: Facts, History And Trivia About The Universal Bu...

January 28, 2020

Legos are everywhere. At this point, several generations of people all over the world have grown up building things out of Lego bricks, and the toys have evo...

Buffalo Twist Ban Of 1962: Not In My Town, Says Bishop ...

January 26, 2020

Was there any stopping the kids from doing the Twist in 1962? A Catholic bishop in Buffalo, New York felt obliged to try. When kids started doing the Twist i...

Sidney Gottlieb, MKUltra And Brainwashing's Mystery Man

January 8, 2020

In the Cold War years, we didn't even know about it: MKUltra, directed by Sidney Gottlieb of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). MKUltra aggressively researc...

Eartha Kitt: Young Catwoman of 'Batman,' And 'Santa Bab...

December 22, 2019

BATMAN - "The Funny Feline Felonies" - Airdate December 28, 1967. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Ge...

1970: Jim Morrison's Final Concert With The Doors

December 12, 2019

Jim Morrison circa 1970. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images On December 12, 1970, the Doors and Jim Morrison took the stage at the Warehouse, a drafty waterfr...

Starring Sammy Davis Jr. As Mr. Show Business: Inspirin...

December 8, 2019

LOS ANGELES - 1953: Actress Marilyn Monroe leans on a Singer Automobile as she watches entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. on the set of the movie "How To Marry A Mill...

Who Wrote 'Rudolph?' Meet Johnny Marks, A 'Holly Jolly'...

December 2, 2019

Left: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, from the hugely popular Rankin-Bass TV special. Right: Johnny Marks in 1977. Sources: IMDB; William N. Jacobellis / (c) NY...

Richard Pryor: True Stories And Famous Jokes Of A Legen...

December 1, 2019

Comedian Richard Pryor (1940 - 2005) performing on stage at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, Illinois, July 28, 1978. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images) R...

Dick Van Dyke Was Saved By A Pack Of Porpoises When He ...

November 30, 2019

Beloved actor Dick Van Dyke has a school of porpoises to thank for his career. The marine mammals didn't get him an audition or teach him to sing and dance, ...

Randy Newman: Stories, Facts & Trivia About The Movie M...

November 28, 2019

Randy Newman circa 1970. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images It’s a jungle out there for Randy Newman, the movie-soundtrack songwriter famous for dram...

In 1976, Jerry Lee Lewis Was Arrested Drunk, Waving Gun...

November 23, 2019

Jerry Lee Lewis relaxing in his hotel suite in London, 25th April 1972. (Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images) Outlaw, piano player, gun...

Cow Palace, 1973: The Who's Keith Moon Passes Out From ...

November 20, 2019

Drummer Keith Moon (1947 - 1978) of English rock group The Who, 24th April 1973. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images) November 20, 1973 was an unforgettabl...

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...