"The sixties was known as the decade of the British bands and the changes they brought to the genre" (1960s Music 1). The early sixties was a continuation of the fifties, with doo-wop sounds and soulful ballads leading the charts. There were many teenagers in the sixties so, American Bandstand promoted dances like the Twist, the Swim, the Locomotion, and the Mashed Potato. "The British invasion was actually started by a bootlegged version of I Want To Hold Your Hand being played on a Washington DC radio station" (1960s Music 6). "Popular bands like The Animals, Herman's Hermits, Manfred Mann, Donovan, Petula Clark, Freddie and the Dreamers, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders and the Rolling Stone dominated the Charts with their fair share of #1 hits" (1960s Music 7). By 1963 the Beatles's music was a sensation in the US.
1960- "Democrat John F. Kennedy wins the U.S. Presidential Election after defeating Republican Richard Nixon" (1960s Important News and Events 5). "The United States decides to send 3,500 U.S. troops to Vietnam" (1960s Important News and Events 8).
1961- "Construction on the Berlin Wall begins in an effort to separate East and West Berlin" (1960s Important News and Events 8). The Bay of Pigs invasion was unsuccessful, and the U.S. backed operation to overthrow Fidel Castro (1960s Important News and Events 9).
1962- "The Cuban Missile Crisis had the world on the edge of another World War, and the USSR came close to launching nuclear attacks (1960s Important News and Events 12). "The Beatles released their first single, Love Me Do, in the United Kingdom" (1960s News and Important Events 15). "Sam Walton opened the first Wal-Mart store in Arkansas" (1960s Important News and Events 16).
1963- John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald (1960s Important News and Events 17). Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream speech" (1960s Important News and Events 18). 1964- "NASA's Mariner 4 space probe successfully approaches Mars and becomes the first spacecraft to take images of a planet from deep space" (1960s Important News and Events 23).
1964- "Sidney Poitier wins the Academy Award for "Best Actor" becoming the first black actor to win that honor" (1960s Important News and Events 24). Ford begins to produce and sell Ford Mustangs (1960s Important News and Events 26).
1965- "The Voting Rights Act is signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson" (1960s Important News and Events 27). "Martin Luther King Jr. leads a peaceful civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama (1960s Important News and Events 29).
1966- The first episode of Star Trek airs (1960s Important News and Events 32).
1967- "The Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs play against each other in the first Super Bowl" (1960s Important News and Events 38). 1968-
1968- Civil Rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray (1960s Important News and Events 42). "Richard Nixon wins the United States presidential election" (1960s Important News and Events 45).
1969- "Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first men to arrive on the moon during NASA's Apollo 11 mission" (1960s Important News and Events 47).
Men's Fashion: "Longer hair and relaxed clothing went with a more casual lifestyle" (1960s Mens Fashion 2). Longer collars, flared pant legs, and geometric designs were all new elements in the 60s (1960s Mens Fashion 3). "Knit shirts came in a variety of colors and designs" (1960s Mens Fashion 4). "Sweaters were popular in the 60s" (1960s Mens Fashion 5).
Women's Fashion: "Baby-doll dresses with round necks and fitted waists were seen on women of all ages and sizes" (Guide to 1960s Women's Fashions 9). "Culottes jumpsuits were another popular clothing item" (Guide to 1960s Women's Fashions 11). Tie-dyed shirts allowed women to show individually (Guide to 1960s Women's Fashions 12). Many women also wore bell bottom jeans, long flowing dresses, gyspy skirts, and fringed vests (Guide to 1960s Women's Fashions 15).