The 1960s saw a lot of changes in the car industry, as well as out. History was made with the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the assassinations of both JFK and MLK and music changed after the Beatles made their way to America.

Auto Industry

The 60s continued their experimentation with the sports car. Plus, the design of the car started to take a priority. Many manufacturers focused on introducing smaller cars. In 1960, Dodge introduced the Dart and Chrysler introduced the Plymouth Valiant. If you were out shopping for a car in 1960, you had 266 different models to choose from. But, by 1964, that total was up to 343 new models.

After focusing heavily on style for a few years, the focus changed to safety in 1965; both for the vehicle driver and passengers as well as for air pollution. Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Clean Air Act in 1965 causing this shift.

New car sales records were repeatedly broken throughout the decade. By the end of the 60s, buyers’ style interests split between smaller cars and more powerful cars. Plus, almost every car features fiber-glass-belted tires by the end of the decade. The fiber glass made them stronger and helped improve the life of the tires.

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1964 Dodge Dart
1961 Plymouth Valiant Tail Light

Movies and TV

The 60s saw all sorts of different films. Each year created a couple more that we consider classics today. The classic thriller, Psycho, hit the silver screen in 1960. Quite a few musicals followed throughout the decade; West Side Story (1961), My Fair Lady (1964), The Sound of Music (1965), and The Producers (1967), to name a few.

Color TV was really catching on by the late 60s. Bewitched, Andy Griffith and the Beverly Hillbillies were all on for a while during the 60s. Plus, the Dick van Dyke show was on from 1961 through 1966 and won tons of Emmys over the decade.

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Psych (1960)
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My Fair Lady (1964)
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The Sound of Music (1965)
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The Producers (1968)
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The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968)
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The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966)
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The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-1971)
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Bewitched (1964-1972)

Music

The 1960s saw so many influential musicians that it’s hard to focus on just a couple. The Beatles made their way across the pond, invading America in 1964. Some other big names that were in the spotlight during the decade include: Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and The Temptations.

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The Beatles Land at JFK International Airport (1964)
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The Rolling Stone (1965)
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Pink Floyd (1968)
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The Doors (1968)

Sports

US Sports were becoming more and more popular during the 1960s. The first NFL Super Bowl was played in January 1967. Football hadn’t quite gained the popularity it has today; the first Big Game wasn’t even sold out. It was between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Packers took home the title from that first game, and the second one as well.

During the decade, the Boston Celtics took over the basketball scene. They won nine out of ten possible championship titles in the 60s.

Muhammad Ali owned boxing.

And the New York Yankees dominated the first half of the 60s. Pitching rules also changed in the late 60s after historic performances by Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson.

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Muhammad Ali (1960 Olympics)

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