Sixties Pizzazz
The Sixties in Pictures, Videos, Sounds and Music

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Born in 1960

1960 - A retro journey through the news and history of the Sixties

Albert Camus      Eddie Cochran      Clark Gable      Oscar Hammerstein      Frank Lloyd      Earl Long      Boris Pasternak      Emily Post      John D. Rockefeller, Jr.      Mack Sennett

Passed in 1960

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National News of 1960


For What It's Worth in 1960

The cost of a new house $12,700

The mortgage interest rate 1.8%

The cost of new car $2,600

The average income $5,315
A gallon of gas 25 cents

A gallon of milk 50 cents

A US Postage stamp 4 cents

Unemployment Rate 5.5%

The Kennedy - Nixon debate is the story of the year which was to portend the new power of television in our electoral process. What we saw became more important than what we read or what we heard. The full Kennedy Nixon Debate Video

kennedy johnson 1960


John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson win the Presidency with one of the smallest margins in history - 113,000 votes out of 68.3 million. John F. Kennedy wins the Presidential election.


Nightly news aired for 15 minutes at 7:30pm EST. The anchors are Chet Huntley and David Brinkley on NBC, John Daly on ABC and Douglas Edwards on CBS.


...and we are doing the twist with Chubby Checker and laughing at Don Knotts  on black & white TV.

It was not until 1960 that the Supreme Court began to enforce integration they had unanimously decided upon with their most important decision of the 20th Century, Brown vs. Education, which was argued by Supreme Court Justice to be Thurgood Marshall in 1954. Brown vs Board of Education

Ruby Bridges 1960

Norman Rockwell's famous painting of six year old Ruby Bridges suffering a hail of racial epitaphs and tomatoes as she integrated the first school in New Orleans. The Ruby Bridges website

Greensboro sit in 1960


The first rumblings of an organized civil rights movement begin at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Greensboro sit-ins.


Nobel Prizes of 1960


Physics - Donald Arthur Glaser
Chemistry - Willard Frank Libby
Physiology or Medicine - Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Peter Brian Medawar
Literature - Saint-John Perse
Peace - Albert John Luthuli

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time magazine 1960

" Not everybody else was bored in 1960, and there were some adventurers—bearing spears in the Congo or banging shoes at the U.N.—who could hardly be called scientific. But the world of 1960 will readily agree with Chemist Willard Libby that U.S. scientists and their colleagues in other free lands are indeed the true 20th century adventurers, the explorers of the unknown, the real intellectuals of the day, the leaders of mankind's greatest inquiry into the mysteries of matter, of the earth, the universe, and of life itself. Their work shapes the life of every human presently inhabiting the planet, and will influence the destiny of generations to come. Statesmen and savants, builders and even priests are their servants; at a time when science is at the apogee of its power for good or evil, they are the Men of the Year 1960."Time man of the year cover story

World News of 1960


Nikita Khrushchev 1960


The cold war is in full swing with Nikita Khrushchev banging his shoe on the table at the UN telling us he would bury us. More on Nikita Khrushehev 1960 speech







berlin wall 1960



The Berlin Wall is under construction and the Soviet Union was ahead in the Space Race. Why the Berlin Wall was Built




france bomb 1960


France tests its first atomic bomb in the Sahara desert to join the US, UK and USSR as a Nuclear Power





fidel castro & Nikita Khrushchev 1960



Fidel Castro
confiscates $770 million of U.S. property. Fidel Castro first year.




playboy logo 1960



The sexual revolution of the Sixties begins with women using birth control pills and the first Playboy Club opening in Chicago. Hugh Hefner's first Playboy Club.



900 U.S. military advisers are sent to Vietnam.


Israelis Kidnap Adolf Eichmann from Argentina to Jerusalem


Capt. Gary Powers U-2 Spy Plane Shot Down Over Russia


Communist China and Soviet Union split in conflict over Communist ideology.



The Class of 1960


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Sixties Pizzazz


The idea behind this project is to present the Sixties in an interesting manner with as much audio and visual content as we could manage without slowing things down too much.


Unlike most Sixties websites that are a hodgepodge of decade wide information, we approached this project year by year. WIth each year of the Sixties including categories in history, television, movies, music, sports, books, comedy, technology and toys.

Beyond the nostalgia and retro feel for those who lived through the time, it is also designed to attract the younger crowd.


We have enjoyed some success in that endeavor as this webiste has become quite popular with teachers who use Sixties Pizzazz to get their Middle and High school students interested in our historic and cultural past by assigning projects and papers to this and our other PIZZAZZ websites.


These websites are safe for Middle school and above.


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