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The Baby Boom Years: 1961

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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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BORN

  • Michael J. Fox
  • Wayne Gretzky
  • Eddie Murphy
  • George Clooney

MUSIC

  • Patsy Cline successfully crosses over from Country to Pop with her hits, “I Fall to Pieces” and “Crazy.”
  • The score from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which included the popular “Moon River,” wins film composer Henry Mancini two Oscars and four Grammy Awards.

FASHION

  • A bias cut and more fitted looks become more popular than the oval silhouettes of before.
  • Skirts are shorter than they had ever been before.

SPORTS

  • NFL Championship – Green Bay Packers won 37-0 over the New York Giants.
  • Emile Griffith knocked out Gaspar Ortega in the 12th round to retain the Welterweight Championship.

WORLD

  • USSR detonates a 50-megaton hydrogen bomb in the largest man-made explosion in history.
  • East Germany builds the Berlin Wall between East and West Berlin.
  • Entertainment The Avengers, Wide World of Sports and The Dick Van Dyke Show debut on TV.
  • Comedian Lenny Bruce is arrested for obscenity in San Francisco.
  • Science Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, becomes the first man put into orbit around Earth.

TRIVIA QUESTIONS

  • This doll was introduced, giving Barbie her first and only boyfriend. They split in 2004 because they felt “it was time to spend some quality time – apart.” Love gone astray or publicity ploy? Who is Barbie’s former one and only?
  • The modern view of beauty is: beauty = thin. An overweight suburban homemaker’s chronic failure to become thin left her upset. Hoping a mutual support system would enable her to slim down from 214 pounds, Jean Nidetch and six friends embarked on a diet of low-fat protein sources, fruits and vegetables, and morale boosting meetings. A year later she was 70 lbs. lighter and would launch what empire?

R.I.P.

  • Gary Cooper
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Ty Cobb
  • Carl Jung

Billboard Top 10 Pop Hits

  1. Tossin’ and Turnin’—Bobby Lewis
  2. Runaway—Del Shannon
  3. Blue Moon—The Marcels
  4. Runaround Sue—Dion
  5. Quarter To Three—U.S. Bonds
  6. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow— The Shirelles
  7. I Like It Like That, Part 1—Chris Kenner
  8. Daddy’s Home—Shep & The Limelites
  9. Stand By Me—Ben E. King
  10. Goodbye Cruel World—James Darren