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

The Edge      Bob Woodruff     Peter Jackson     Eddie Murphy     Meg Ryan      Toby Keith      George Clooney      Michael J. Fox      kd lang     Melissa Etheridge      Boy George      Wayne Gretzky      Ann Coulter      Dan Marino     Henry Rollins      Woody Harrelson      Sean Hannity      Dennis Rodman      Julia Louis-Dreyfus      Rae Dawn Chong      Mariel Hemingway      George Stephanopoulos      Boomer Esiason      Nadia Comaneci      Paul Begala      Ralph Reed      Dinesh D'Souza      Andrew Fastow Born in 1961

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1961- A retro journey through the news and history of the Sixties

Ernest Hemingway    Learned Hand    Gary Cooper     Carl Jung     Whittaker Chambers     Ty Cobb      James Thurber     Sam Rayburn     Dashiell Hammett     Grandma Moses      Dag Hammarskjold     Chico Marx      Jeff Chandler

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The Nation 1961


Eisenhower's Farewell Address 1961Eisenhower's Farewell Address to the Nation January 17, 1961

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."


John F. Kennedy 1961


John F. Kennedy is inaugurated President of the United States.









John F. Kennedy 1961
President John F. Kennedy
delivers the
first live news conference, establishes the Peace Corps, announces his goal to put a man on the Moon before 1970 with the Apollo Program  and sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam.



huricane carla 1961



Category 4 Hurricane Carla made landfall between Port O'Connor and Port Lavaca, Texas with a storm surge of 22 feet penetrating 10 miles inland.




The 23rd Amendment to the United States Constitution is enacted, permitting the District of Columbia to choose Electors for President and Vice President. Fastest passage on record proposed on June 17, 1960 and ratified by the states on March 29, 1961.  


boomb shelter 1961



President Kennedy advises the  "Prudent Family" to have a Bomb Shelter.




Nobel Prizes


Physics - Robert Hofstadter, Rudolf Ludwig Mössbauer  

Chemistry - Melvin Calvin  

Physiology or Medicine - Georg von Békésy  

Literature - Ivo Andric  

Peace - Dag Hammarskjöld - awarded posthumously



time man of the year 1961


The World 1961


Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human in space. American Alan Shepard follows a few months later.



Abdul Karim Kassem 1961


Iraqi president Abdul Karim Kassem announces his intent to annex Kuwait. The United Kingdom sends  troops to protect Kuwait.






berlin wall 1961




Soviet and American tanks standoff at Checkpoint Charlie as tensions build in Cold War in Berlin, Germany.








bay of pigs cuba 1961

The Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba begins. It ends two days later in failure.



Novaya Zemlya 1961


The Soviet Union detonates the biggest explosion in history over Novaya Zemlya.






Adolf Eichmann 1961


Adolf Eichmann is pronounced guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to hang which is carried the next year.




Class of 1961



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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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