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The 1960s was a decade of big hairstyles. "A formal big-hair up-style popular in the 1960s, was basically just hair arranged high on the head with tendrils falling down the sides" (Yirka 2). For men, the 1960s was a big transformation from hairstyles in the 1950s. "The most iconic men’s hairstyle of the 1960s, the mop-top was popularized by the band The Beatles" (Mendenhall 2).

Rock music in the 1960s was very popular. "In the U.S. garage bands emerge, inspired by the British Invasion sound" (1960's Decade Overview 1). "In the late sixties outdoor rock music festivals begin" (1960's Decade Overview 4). The Beatles had 6-10 of the most popular albums in the decade.

"In the 1960's the average new car costs about $2,752" (An account of 1960s Cars' Development 1). In the 1960s, a gallon of gas costed around 31 cents. Three big car industries were General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. Henry Ford was one of the most famous car manufacturers in the 1960s when he created the Ford.

The 1960s were all about bright, swirling colors. In the 1960s, London was the center of fashion in the world. The income was higher after World War II, so the demand for clothing grew higher. "The miniskirt was the most eye-catching garment of the decade, designed for an ideally skinny female form" (History of the 1960s Fashion and Textiles 10).

In the 1960s, art was very colorful and vibrant. "Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg, and Jackson Pollack were some artists from the 1960s" (Pop Art 1). Artists that created Pop Art mainly based their art on cartoons and popular imagery. Pop Art was used to boost people's spirits during WWII.

"The Swim, the Mashed Potato, The Twist, The Frug, The Watusi, The Shake, and The Hitchhike were famous dances from the 60s"(Fad Dances 3). There were many changes of dance from the 1950s to the 60s. Marvin Gaye co-wrote the famous song, Hitchhike.

From the 50s to the 60s was a difficult transition from black and white to color. There were lots of technology problems because of the transition from black and white to color. The cameras used to film movies were very heavy, which made things time consuming. Psycho, Bonnie and Clyde, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and The Sound of Music were popular movies from the 60s.

Most households in the 1960s had a television. Also, TVs were a big box shape. "There were just three TV networks at the time" (Leopold 4). Bewitched, The Andy Griffin Show, The Beverly HIllbillies, Gilligan's Island, and many more TV shows were popular in the 1960s.

A new home in the 1960s was roughly $12,700. The average income for a home was $5, 315. Houses were usually odd colors, like a light yellow or green. The price of homes eventually went up in the later 1960s.

Spacewar was one of the earliest digital video games invented in the 1960s. The first touch-tone telephones were invented in 1963. Also in 1962, the audio (compact)cassette was made. Television sets also become more popular.

In the 60s, the United States sent 3,500 troops to the Vietnam war. John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 by Lee Harvey Oswald. The first moon landing was in 1969 by the United States. Also, JFK was announced president in 1960.

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