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The 1960s

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)...

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...

Harrison Ford: The Rogue Pilot

December 19, 2018

Harrison Ford in Dead Heat On A Merry-Go-Round (1966)/image from kcet.org Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of an advertising executive and former ac...

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...

'Seasons In The Sun' By Terry Jacks: A Melancholy, Catc...

December 17, 2018

Photo of Terry Jacks - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Terry Jacks Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images In 1973, Canadian musicians hadn't had much luck penetrati...

“The Giving Tree” Author Also Wrote the Novelty Song “C...

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 fo...

They Say This Was The Worst TV Show Ever. Are They Righ...

December 8, 2018

There have been plenty of terrible sitcom ideas in the history of television, but the short-lived series My Mother The Car, a worst-show-ever candidate, was ...

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...

'Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch' 10 Reasons Why The Four Tops D...

December 4, 2018

Released on June 19, 1965, "I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" thrust The Four Tops into the mainstream with their first chart-topping hit. The quarte...

The UFO Craze Of The '60s and '70s

November 30, 2018

UFOs sightings happen fairly frequently (at least according to UFO sighting witnesses), but in the 1960s and '70s, alien crafts were spotted almost every week throughout America and the...

More Than Madge the Manicurist: The Marvelous Jan Miner

November 29, 2018

Promotional portrait of American actor Jan Miner (1917 - 2004) for the radio program, 'Second Mrs. Burton,' circa 1946. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images) ...

Elvis Presley’s Favorite Songs …They May Not Be What Yo...

November 28, 2018

'Elvis' - The Comeback TV Special BURBANK, CA - JUNE 27: Rock and roll musician Elvis Presley performing on the Elvis comeback TV special on June 27, 1968. ...

Groovy, Sexy Waterbeds

November 27, 2018

Model lying atop the 'Pleasure Island' waterbed in 1971 designed by Aaron Donner. (Photo by Heinz Kluetmeier/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images) Throughout the 1970s, many swinging singles ...

Lisa Loring As Wednesday: 'Addams Family's Creepy, Cute...

November 24, 2018

Lisa Loring as Wednesday Addams in 1964, and during the 1980s. Source: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images; thehollywoodstore.com On The Addams Family, Li...

Christmas Episodes From The Groovy Era

November 23, 2018

With Christmas music starting the day after Halloween and retail giants having their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day, it can be quite easy to become overwhelmed by the ma...

Beatlemania: 52 True Stories About The Craziest Fans Th...

November 22, 2018

The Beatles' "Love Me Do" was released in 1962; the following year saw the release of "Please Please Me," "From Me To You," "She Loves You," "I Want To Hold Your...

Sitcom Catchphrases You'll Never Forget As Long As You ...

November 17, 2018

Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson, Todd Bridges as Willis Jackson on 'Diff'rent Strokes' -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank There's nothing like a ...

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...

Young Buffy Sainte-Marie In The '60s: A Native American...

November 8, 2018

Buffy Sainte-Marie in a studio portrait from 1969; Buffy Sainte-Marie in concert in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1968. Source: Jack Robinson/Hulton Archive/Getty Imag...

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...

Remember Romper Room?

November 6, 2018

Hostess Susan Gifford of the TV show 'Romper Room' instructing the children. (Photo by Carl Iwasaki/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images) If you are a child of the sixties or seventies, you pr...

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...

Stars And Their Cars

November 2, 2018

Classic cars and sporty style cars are not just for the rich and famous but they do include the rich and famous. Here are just a few rich and famous stars with their beloved cars. Debra Paget j...

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 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...

All The Presidents' Daughters Of The 1960s And '70s

October 23, 2018

Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy holding daughter Caroline outdoors on Election Day, 1960. (Photo by Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) Gr...

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...

Game Shows Of The '60s And '70s: TV Winners (And Losers...

October 17, 2018

Bob Eubanks on 'The Newslywed Game,' 1969. Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images From the very beginning of television, classic game shows came out...

Scary, Spooky Songs Of The Sixties And Seventies

October 15, 2018

American actor Gene Wilder stars as the grandson of the original Frankenstein in the Mel Brooks film 'Young Frankenstein', 1974. (Photo by 20th Century Fox/Archive Photos...

Bubblegum Pop Music From The Groovy Era

October 12, 2018

Bubblegum pop music wasn’t just a genre of music produced by well-known artists and groups like The Monkees.  Many of the artists and groups known for producing bubblegum pop m...

Unforgettable Songs From The 1960s Era

October 7, 2018

Singer/Inductee Gene Chandler attends the 4th Annual Rhythm & Blues Music Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony, August 21, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Monica Morgan/Getty Im...

Brando, McQueen, Mitchum, Burton: Hollywood Bad Boys Of...

October 4, 2018

Steve McQueen (1930 - 1980), late 1960s. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images) We've always been interested in celebrity antics and manly recklessn...

Kris Kristofferson: More Than Just a Famed Musician!

October 1, 2018

Kris Kristofferson On Stage American musician and actor Kris Kristofferson plays guitar as he performs onstage, Chicago, Illinois, July 29, 1987. (Photo by Paul Natki...

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...

Classic Television From the 1960s

September 23, 2018

It's difficult for today's generation to imagine television shows in the 1960s -- there was no TiVo or DVR (or even VCR). You watched the shows that the networks had available and yo...

'Please Don't Squeeze The Charmin:' How Mr. Whipple Mad...

September 18, 2018

"Please don't squeeze the Charmin," said Mr. Whipple, a store manager in a TV commercial. And TV viewers, who probably wouldn't have squeezed the Charmin, fo...

Erin Moran: From Happy Days to Not so Happy Days

September 8, 2018

Erin Moran, as we all know, became quite popular through her child role on “Happy Days” as little Joanie Cunningham. Unlike the majority of most actors and actresses,...

Paper Dresses: A Brief 1966 Fashion Fad

September 6, 2018

In 1966, the Scott Paper Company introduced the world to paper dresses, a type of disposable fad fashion that became a short-lived viral sensation. The Scott Paper Company was ...

“McHale’s Navy” …. They Don’t Make Them Like This Anymo...

September 5, 2018

Ernest Borgnine And Jean Willie In 'McHale's Navy 'Claudine Longet, Ernest Borgnine and Jean Willie all close for a photograph in a scene from the tel...

The Rolling Stones In The Groovy Era

August 24, 2018

The Rolling Stones English rock group The Rolling Stones, London, 1963. Left to right: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman. (Photo by Terry O'Neill...

Donna Douglas As Elly May Clampett: A Hillbilly Honey i...

August 22, 2018

American viewers had plenty of bombshells with comedic chops to choose from on 1960s sitcoms -- one of the national favorites was without a doubt Donna Dougl...

Can You Still Do These 10 Dances From The 1960s?

August 7, 2018

So many great songs of the 1960s inspired their own dances. Teeny-boppers were quick to adopt the dances moves that they observed on television dance shows, like Ameri...

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...

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...

CCR's 'Bad Moon Rising' And The 1941 Movie That Inspire...

July 6, 2018

In March 1969, John Fogerty had just written a song he wasn't too sure about -- nevertheless, he went into the studio to record it with his band, Creedence C...

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...

The Grooviest Spider-Man Memes (Inspired By The 1960s C...

June 25, 2018

Spiderman, Spiderman,Does whatever a spider can,Spins a web, any size,Catches thieves, just like flies,Look out, here comes the Spiderman!If you grew up in t...

Click to See Hot Photos of Joanna Lumley from the '60s

June 22, 2018

Joanna Lumley British actress and model/Joanna Lumley. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Iconic Images/Getty Images) Joanna Lamond Lumley is a famous, British, hot, blond a...

Hot Photos of Cher in her Prime During the '60s

June 20, 2018

Entertainer Cher performs onstage in circa 1972. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Cher is famous, worldwide, for being an iconic actress, singer and model. ...

The Posters We Put On Our Bedroom Walls In The '60s And...

June 19, 2018

Nearly every teen bedroom in the 1960s and 1970s had posters covering all the walls. Teens created shrines to their favorite hot celebrity, favorite band, an...

Punch Buggy! (No Punch Backs!)

June 18, 2018

Beetle Sedan circa 1961: Promotional studio image of a 1962 Volkswagen Beetle Sedan. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) The Volkswagen (VW) Beetle has been quite a presence in the Un...

Macramé Of The '70s: The Softest, Shaggiest, Most '70s ...

June 15, 2018

It was the crafty craze of the '70s -- macramé! A weaving and knotting technique that made soft, shaggy, volumetric things that could be hung or worn. Ma...

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...

The Rise of Skateboard Culture in the '60s

June 1, 2018

Today, skateboarding is no longer a fringe sport, enjoyed by a subculture of the surfing crowd, with skateboarders congregating on sidewalks and parking lots to practice the...

Astro, Benji, Checkers: Famous Dogs Of The '50s, '60s A...

May 23, 2018

Veterok, one of two dogs (the other was Ugoloik) launched into space by the Soviets in 1966. This pair of pups set the record for longest stretch in space, at 2...

Tang, The Astronauts' Drink That NASA Didn't Invent

May 22, 2018

There's nothing like a celebrity endorsement to give your brand that cool factor -- just ask the makers of Tang. Astronauts drank it in space in the 1960s, and ever...

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...

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...

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...

Simon & Garfunkel's 'Mrs. Robinson:' Where Did You Go, ...

March 20, 2018

Simon & Garfunkel's song "Mrs. Robinson" is almost inseparable from the 1967 film The Graduate, in which it appears. Mrs. Robinson is one of the main charact...

Marilyn Monroe Had to be Sewn into the Tight Dress that...

March 15, 2018

One of the most famous renderings of the song, “Happy Birthday,” in the last century was sung by none other than Marilyn Monroe. At the time of the birt...

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...

Eric Clapton Almost Replaced George Harrison In The Bea...

March 8, 2018

CIRCA 1974: Rock and roll guitarist Eric Clapton performs onstage with a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar wearing a gas station attendant jump suit in circa ...

The Hottest Actresses From The 1960s

March 5, 2018

Actress Tina Louise Reclining on Hay Bales (Photo by John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) The counterculture movement of the 60’s had a quite an impact on f...

'The House of the Rising Sun:' The Animals' Hit Predate...

March 2, 2018

Single cover for an EMI/Columbia issue of The Animals' 'House Of The Rising Sun.' Source: Amazon "The House of the Rising Sun," was a hit for the British rock...

Woodstock 1969 Photos

February 18, 2018

Woodstock, the iconic festival that rocked New York, took place the weekend of August 15-18, 1969. Unsurprisingly, it remains the most famous music festival in rock 'n' roll history. It was marketed...

Cartoon Characters From The '50s And '60s: Which Was Yo...

February 14, 2018

With so many channels and on-demand everything, kids are flooded with as many cartoons as they can stand these days -- but in the pre-cable days it was a dif...

The Struggle Of All-Girl Rock Groups Of The '60s

February 5, 2018

Photo of SHANGRI-LASUNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: SHANGRI-LAS performing in the street (Photo by Roberta Bayley/Redferns) Often, as Americans, we take the simple things f...

The "ART" of Tie-Dye: A Brief History

February 3, 2018

(Photo by the Blank Archives/Getty Images) Most Americans tend to associate tie-dyeing with hippies and the counterculture era. From our standpoint, that makes perfect sense sinc...

There is Just Something about a “Bike!”

January 31, 2018

Hells Angels On The Road Members of the Hells Angel motorcycle club ride together towards Bakersfield, California, 1965. (Photo by Bill Ray/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty I...

Top 100 Female Singers Of The '50s, '60s, And '70s

January 30, 2018

Circa 1955: American singer and actor Rosemary Clooney (1928 - 2002) sings and dances in a ballroom or on a stage, accompanied by a pianist and a band. (Photo by Hulton...

The Thrill Of Going To The Penny Candy Store!

January 29, 2018

Child buying sweets at shop counter 9th April 1962. (Photo by Daily Herald/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images) Walking to the local candy store as a kid was such a thril...

A Stroll Down 1960s Memory Lane

January 19, 2018

Golden Gate Park SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY, 1969: A young couple holds a picnic basket while walking through Golden Gate Park circa February, 1969 in San Francisco, California. (Photo ...

The Charm of the Lava Lamp

January 19, 2018

Although Lava Lamps are not a thing of the past, they sure do take me way back. Lava Lamps were first invented in 1963 by a British accountant named, Edward Craven-Walker. Oddly enoug...

Sam Walton Changed the Way America Shopped

January 17, 2018

Sam Walton should be pretty well-known in America but for those of you who can’t place the name, he is the founder of the first Walmart store in the United States. Altho...