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The Baby Boom Years: 1960

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The definitive collection of 1960s American music, news, fashion, fads and kitsch that continues to influence the world.

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  • Cal Ripken
  • Tim Burton
  • Antonio Bandares
  • Bono


  • Elvis Presley returns home from serving in the US Army.
  • The Beatles make their debut in Hamburg, Germany. The band at the time included John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe on bass and Pete Best on drums.


  • The short bouffant is the ultimate hairdo.
  • Collars are abandoned in favor of colored piping.


  • Joe Namath shocks the pro ranks by spurning the NFL and signing with the Jets of the upstart AFL.


  • “Miracle On Ice,” the U.S. men’s ice-hockey team, wins first Olympic hockey gold medal.
  • Bill Mazeroski becomes first person to end a World Series with a home run.


  • This Hollywood starlet was the first to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Which toy was first introduced in 1960?

a. Easy Bake Oven b. G.I. Joe c. Etch-A-Sketch d. Ant Farm

  • This free-form dance centered on a pelvic swivel - a fitting gesture for an age that would defy old rules of sexual propriety. Its popular song would top the charts and again hit number one a year later when the dance became a fad amongst adults. Do the what?
  • True or False: Adolph Coors III, chairman of the board of the Coors Brewing Company, is kidnapped and held for a $500,000 ransom this year.
  • Some thought the master of suspense had gone too far with this film. In its most terrifying scene, one of cinema’s most famous containing 70 shots in less than a minute, the audience shares the voyeur’s view of his murderous spree. Once thought vile and sadistic, today it is universally deemed a classic for its thematic complexity and its spine-tingling scariness.


  • Clark Gable
  • John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
  • Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Emily Post

Billboard Top 10 Pop Hits

  1. You Talk Too Much—Joe Jones
  2. Cathy’s Clown—The Everly Brothers
  3. The Twist—Chubby Checker
  4. Save The Last Dance For Me—The Drifters
  5. Running Bear—Johnny Preston
  6. Sweet Nothing’s—Brenda Lee
  7. Handy Man—Jimmy Jones
  8. Walk Don’t Run—The Ventures
  9. Alley Oop—Hollywood Argyles
  10. Stay—Maurice Williams And The Zodiacs