- John F. Kennedy wins the U.S. Presidential Election against Richard Nixon. Kennedy was the youngest person to have been elected into the highest office at the time.
- Togo, Cote D'Ivoire, Chad, Benin, Mauritania, Senegal, and the Central African Republic gain independence from France.
- The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is created.
- The United States decides to send 3,500 U.S. troops to Vietnam.
- Birth control in pill form is launched publically.
- Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first person in space. One month later, Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space.
- Construction on the Berlin Wall begins in an effort to separate East and West Berlin.
- The Bay of Pigs invasion is an unsuccessful U.S. backed operation to overthrow Fidel Castro in Cuba.
- The Peace Corps is created.
- The Cuban Missile Crisis has the world on the edge of another World War as the United States and USSR come close to launching nuclear attacks.
- James Meredith becomes the first African-American student to enroll at the University of Mississippi.
- The comic book character of Spider-Man makes his debut in the Amazing Fantasy #15 comic.
- The Beatles release their first single, "Love Me Do," in the United Kingdom.
- Sam Walton opens the first Wal-Mart store in Arkansas.
- Cynthia Lou Morel is born the youngest of five children.
- John F. Kennedy is assassinated.
- Martin Luther King Jr. gives is famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
- The United States begins to use Zip Codes.
- Yugoslavia becomes a socialist federal republic and President Josip Tito is appointed as "President for Life."
- The BBC broadcasts the first episode of "Doctor Who."
- President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.
- NASA's Mariner 4 space probe successfully approaches Mars and becomes the first spacecraft to take images of a planet from deep space.
- Sidney Poitier wins the Academy Award for "Best Actor" becoming the first black actor to win.
- The computer coding language BASIC (Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) is introduced.
Hawkins Hostess Trolley
- The Voting Rights Act is signed into law by President Johnson.
- Soviet Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov becomes the first person to perform a space walk.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. leads a peaceful civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
- The Vietnam War escalates and opposition to it begins to mount as anti-Vietnam protests become more common.
- Mary Quant designs the mini-skirt in London and it becomes a fashion craze.
- The first episode of "Star Trek" airs.
- The Soviet Union's Luna 9 unmanned spacecraft lands on the Moon.
- Botswana and Lesotho gain independence from England.
- Indira Gandhi becomes the Prime Minister of India.
- The Canada Pension Plan is introduced.
- Rolling Stone publishes its first magazine issue.
- The Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs play against each other in the first Super Bowl, with the Packers winning 35 to 10.
- South African doctor Christiaan Barnard completes the first heart transplant operation.
- The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified.
- Thurgood Marshall is appointed to the Supreme Court and becomes the first African-American Chief Justice.
- Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in April by James Earl Ray.
- Egypt's Aswan Dam is completed.
- The Civil Rights Act of 1968 is signed into law by President Johnson.
- Richard Nixon wins the United States presidential election.
- The first manned Apollo mission, Apollo 7, is launched by NASA.
- Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first men to arrive on the Moon during NASA's Apollo 11 mission.
- Woodstock takes place in New York and features Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, and The Who.
- ARPANET, the predecessor to the Internet, relays its first communications between UCLA and Stanford.
- "Sesame Street" debuts.
- The United Kingdom abolishes the death penalty.
Lamps of the 1960s
Popular Cars of the 1960's
- The average car costed around $3,000 and the price of gas was 31 cents. Americans were looking to explore the open road and need the cars to do it in.
- Though there were lots of sporty cars coming out at this time, 4 door sedans were still the top sellers.
- There was starting to be a demand for smaller cars. The American motor industry reacted to it with the cars like the Dodge Dart and Ford Falcon.
- They put an alternator in the first production car. A Chrysler Variant. There were used for cars that need a lot of gadgets, like police cars and taxis.
1964 Ford Mustang
- First introduced at the 1964 Worlds Fair.
- Developed in 18 months, September 1962 - March 1964.
- The design team was given five goals: It must seat four, have bucket seats, a floor mounted shifter weigh no more than 2500 lbs and be no more than 180 inches in length.
- Designed by John Oros, L. David Ash, Gale Halderman and John Foster.
- Quote form John Oros about the design of the car: "I told the team that I wanted the car to appeal to women, but I wanted men to desire it, too. I wanted a Ferrari-like front end, the motif centered on the front — something heavy-looking like a Maseratti but, please, not a trident — and I wanted air intakes on the side to cool the rear brakes. I said it should be as sporty as possible and look like it was related to European design."
1966 Chevrolet Camero
- Debuted in September of 1966.
- Worried about the rising success of the Mustang, this is Chevy response and competition to it.
- Lead by design team of Henry C. Haga.
- In the original design concepts, there was a station wagon version along with the convertible and hard top.
- The interior design was done by the same guy that did the Corvette and Nova, George Angersbach.
Volkswagon Type 2 (Bus/Van)
- This particular model was made from 1950 to 1967.
- Its the ideal hippie van, but was marketed as a family car.
- The appeal was how much you can fit in a small space.
- It had a cargo capacity of 1,000 Kg.
- Because of the Chicken Tarrif on the US. President Johnson placed a tax on eurpoeon imports such as light trucks.
1961 Mercury Comet
1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza "Poor mans Porsche"
1962 Ford Galaxie
1963 Corvette Stingray