1960 Trivia, History and Fun Facts

1960 Trivia, History and Fun Facts

Quick Facts from 1960:

  • World Changing Event: The Birth Control Pill was approved on May 9, 1960.
  • The Top Song was The Theme From “A Summer Place” by Percy Faith
  • The Movies to Watch include
  • The Most Famous Person in America was probably Doris Day
  • Notable books include: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
  • Price of loaf of bread in 1960: 22 cents
    8 oz Kraft Cheez Whiz: 35 cents
  • US Life Expectancy: Males: 66.6 years, Females: 73.1 years
  • The Funny Duo were: Mike Nichols and Elaine May
  • The Funny Guys were Bob Newhart and Jonathan Winters
  • The Bossa Nova was the ‘new’ dance for the early 1960s.
  • The Conversation: Who won the Kennedy/Nixon Debates? Radio listeners said Nixon did… TV viewers gave the win to Kennedy.

Top Ten Baby Names of 1960:
Mary, Susan, Linda, Karen, Donna, David, Michael, James, John, Robert

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
AFCarroll Baker, Brigitte Bardot, Claudia Cardinale, Doris Day, Angie Dickinson, Anita Ekberg, Annette Funicello, Audrey Hepburn, Gina Lollobrigida, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe,Julie Newmar, Kim Novak, Leslie Parrish, Stella Stevens, Elizabeth Taylor, Tina Turner, Mamie Van Doren

Sex Symbols and Hollywood Hunks:
Paul Newman, Robert Goulet, Elvis Presley

“The Quotes:”
“Smile! You’re on Candid Camera!”
– Candid Camera

“A boy’s best friend is his mother”
– Anthony Perkins, as Norman Bates, in ‘Psycho’

Time Magazine’s Men of the Year:
United State’s Scientists, Represented by George Beadle, Charles Draper, John Enders, Donald A. Glaser, Joshua Lederberg, Willard Libby, Linus Pauling, Edward Purcell, Isidor Rabi, Emilio Segrè, William Shockley, Edward Teller, Charles Townes, James Van Allen, and Robert Woodward

Miss America:
Lynda Mead (Natchez, MS)

Miss USA:
Linda Bement (Utah)

The Scandals:
Chuck Berry got in some legal trouble when he took a 14-year-old girl from Arizona to Missouri to work at his Bandstand club. Her work didn’t require clothes, apparently.

JFK was elected President of the United States reportedly with much help from the votes of dead Americans in Cook County, Illinois and in Texas.

The Scandal/Nerd News/Mystery:
The mysterious BLACK KNIGHT Satellite was seen by both Russian and American Air Defense units. At 15 tons, was bigger than any country could have sent at that time. It ‘disappeared’ after about three weeks, but has been spottily reported for decades; it is possible that Nikola Tesla heard radio broadcasts as early as 1899.

Some internet sources say it has been orbiting for around 13,000 years. NASA and other space agencies have been silent about the craft, although they do allow the occasional picture.

Pop Culture History:
USAF Captain Joseph Kittinger set three records on August 16th – highest parachute jump (102,800 feet), the longest parachute free fall (4 minutes 36 seconds), and the first person to exceed the speed of sound without an aircraft or space vehicle (714 mph during free fall).

February and Late August through September, CBS broadcast the 1960 Winter Olympics and Summer Olympics, on an exclusive basis, for $60,000.

There are three dots on every Domino’s Pizza box because when founder Tom Monaghan started his chain, he planned on adding a dot with each new store. Looking back, 8,000+ stores later, it was a good idea to stop with the 3 dots, forming a simple domino.

The term paparazzi originated with Italian director Federico Fellini’s La dolce vita. One of the minor characters in the film was a photographer named Paparazzo. Fellini took Paparazzo’s name from the Italian word for a noisy mosquito.

Doomsday Clock:
7 minutes to midnight, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
1960: “Political actions belie the tough talk of “massive retaliation.” For the first time, the United States and Soviet Union appear eager to avoid direct confrontation in regional conflicts such as the 1956 Egyptian-Israeli dispute. Joint projects that build trust and constructive dialogue between third parties also quell diplomatic hostilities. Scientists initiate many of these measures, helping establish the International Geophysical Year, a series of coordinated, worldwide scientific observations, and the Pugwash Conferences, which allow Soviet and American scientists to interact.”

The Habit:
Reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
OR watching Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ in theaters.

1st appearances & 1960’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss, Game of Life*, Etch-A-Sketch, Barbie, Chatty Cathie, Mattel’s Lie Detector Game, Mr. Machine, Play-Doh Fun Factory

Best Film Oscar Winner:
Ben-Hur (presented in 1960)

Popular and Notable Books From 1960:
Dr. Seuss’s ABC by Dr. Seuss
Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
The Chapman Report by Irving Wallace
The Constant Image by Marcia Davenport
For Your Eyes Only by Ian Fleming
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Hawaii by James A. Michener
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
The Listener by Taylor Caldwell
Love Is a Special Way of Feeling by Joan Walsh Anglund
The Lovely Ambition by Mary Ellen Chase
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Ourselves to Know by John O’Hara
Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire
Sermons and Soda-Water by John O’Hara
The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
Trustee from the Toolroom by Nevil Shute

1960 Most Popular TV shows:
1. Gunsmoke (CBS)
2. Wagon Train (NBC)
3. Have Gun Will Travel (CBS)
4. The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)
5. The Real McCoys (ABC)
6. Rawhide (CBS)
7. Candid Camera (CBS)
8. The Untouchables (ABC)
9. The Jack Benny Show (CBS)
10. Dennis The Menace (CBS)

1960 Billboard Number One Songs:
December 28, 1959 – January 3, 1960:
Why – Frankie Avalon

January 4, 1960 – January 17:
El Paso – Marty Robbins

January 18 – February 7:
Running Bear – Johnny Preston

February 8 – February 21:
Teen Angel – Mark Dinning

February 22 – April 24:
The Theme From A Summer Place – Percy Faith & his Orchestra

April 25 – May 22:
Stuck On You – Elvis Presley

May 23 – June 26:
Cathy’s Clown – The Everly Brothers

June 27 – June 10:
Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool – Connie Francis

July 11 – July 17:
Alley-Oop – Hollywood Argyles

July 18 – August 7:
I’m Sorry – Brenda Lee

August 8 – August 17:
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini – Brian Hyland

August 15 – September 18:
It’s Now Or Never – Elvis Presley

September 19 – September 25:
The Twist – Chubby Checker

September 26 – October 9:
My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own – Connie Francis

October 10 – October 16:
Mr. Custer – Larry Verne

October 17 – October 23:
Save The Last Dance For Me – The Drifters

October 24 – November 13:
I Want To Be Wanted – Brenda Lee

November 14 – November 20:
Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles

November 21 – November 27:
Stay – Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

November 28, 1960 – January 8, 1961:
Are You Lonesome Tonight? – Elvis Presley

1960 United States Census:
Total US Population: 179,323,175
1. New York, New York – 7,781,984
2. Chicago, Illinois – 3,550,404
3. Los Angeles, California – 2,479,015
4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 2,002,512
5. Detroit, Michigan – 1,670,144
6. Baltimore, Maryland – 939,024
7. Houston, Texas – 938,219
8. Cleveland, Ohio – 876,050
9. Washington, District of Columbia – 783,956
10. St. Louis, Missouri – 750,026

World Series Champions: Pittsburgh Pirates
NFL Champions: Philadelphia Eagles
AFL Champions: Houston Oilers
NBA Champions: Boston Celtics
Stanley Cup Champs: Montreal Canadians
U.S. Open Golf Arnold Palmer
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Neale Fraser/Darlene R. Hard
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Neale Fraser/Maria Bueno
NCAA Football Champions: Minnesota & Mississippi
NCAA Basketball Champions: Ohio State
Kentucky Derby: Venetian Way

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