The 1960's

POP Culture


Statstics (1960)

  • Population 177,830,000
  • Never half of the Worlds Ppulation was under the age of 18
  • Unemployment 3,852,000
  • National Debt 286.3 Billion
  • Average Salary $4,743
  • Teacher's Salary $5,174
  • Minimum Wage $1.00
  • Life Expectancy: Males 66.6 years, Females 73.1 years
  • Auto deaths 21.3 per 100,000
  • An estimated 850,000 "war baby" freshmen enter college; emergency living quarters are set up in dorm lounges, hotels and trailer camps.
  • Spanish American Population was tripled
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Important Events

1961 - Peace Corps created by Pres. Kenndy
1963 - Martin Luther King delivers his I have a dream speech
1963 - Pres. John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas
1963 - Lyndon Johnson becomes President of the United States
1967- Abortion and artificial insemination became legal in some states.
1968- Martin Luther King was assassinated
1963-John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, in Apollo XI, were the first men to walk on the moon in 1969

Changes in SOCIETY

The Civil Rights movement made great changes in society in the 1960's. The movement began peacefully, with Martin Luther King leading sit-ins and peaceful protests, joined by whites, particularly Jews who all wanted and desired te feeling of being trested as an equal counterpart of the white


Hippie's movement was prominent which endorsed drugs, rock music, mystic religions and sexual freedom. They opposed violence.

Smoking was viewed as a health hazard and required cigarette companies to place warnings on all tobacco products.

Respect for authority declined among the youth, and crime rates soared to nine times the rate of the 1950's.

Marijuana Use soared

The Space Race: the first American in space in 1961..

The first clone of a vertebrate was produced in 1967.

The first artificial heart in a human was implanted , and it kept the patient alive...

for three days until a human heart could be transplanted.


Please watch YouTube video on 1960s inventions
  1. The birth control pill became widely available

  2. The Skateboard was invented by a couple of surfers that could not stand the wet cold weather

  3. Audio cassette

  4. First handheld calculator

  5. ATM

  6. Bar code scanner images_(6).jpg

  7. Halogen lamp

By : Aleeya Burrwell