The 1964 Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic muscle cars of the century. The 1966 Chevy Camaro was very powerful and stylish and became very popular for teenagers. The 1968 Plymouth Road Runner was another memorable muscle car and was very fast. The Volkswagen vans were also very popular and teenages often carpooled in them to the beach.
The "British Invasion" is the name given to the period of time in the early to mid-1960's, during which many British rock bands and pop artists found mainstream success in the United States and worldwide. Many of these bands first started by covering American songs and showcasing an American Rock 'n' Roll and R&B influence in their sounds. The Rolling Stones were a very popular.
Fashion consisted of bright colors, bell bottom pants, short skirts. Blue jeans were a big deal. It was all about self expression and women were showing more skin than ever before.
Pop art is now most associated with the work of New York artists of the early 1960s such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, and Claes Oldenburg, but artists who drew on popular imagery were part of an international phenomenon in various cities from the mid-1950s onwards.
The arrival of rock'n'roll brought a major change to the social art of dancing. Although contact dancing with a partner was still as popular as always variations and speed became more frantic and less formalised. Non-contact dances and those that could be performed solo became ever more popular, particularly with The Mods. The most well known dance was "The Twist."
The '60s saw the overlap of many of the iconic film directors and stars from Hollywood's Golden Age along with some of the young upstarts who came to define the next generation of stars and powerbrokers. The best movies of the '60s spanned many genres as well. Thrillers like Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate are considered classics as is Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus, Dr. Strangelove, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. There were also musicals that were adopted to the big screen like West Side Story.
TV was not like it is today because you watched what was on and that was it. Yet many things started to change for TV in the 60s. Television became a political force. TV reached a broader audience. There was a variety of shows. TV started to focus on serious issues.
There was a fad that started as houses started to have dining rooms and flat roofs. Windows also became much larger.
Some of the earliest known digital computer games were invented in the 1960s. The audio (compact) cassette, first touch-tone telephones, and the first Intercity train were used in the 1960s.
One of the most notable events from the 60s was the Vietnam War. In 1964, Congress authorized the president to take “all necessary measures” to protect American soldiers and their allies from the communist Viet Cong. There was not enough money to pay for the War on Poverty and the war in Vietnam.