A few major events that have happened since 1960

The Oscar for Best Picture in 1960  was Ben-Hur

Grammy – Record of the Year  “Mack the Knife” Bobby Darin

Album of the Year was “Come Dance With Me” Frank Sinatra

Song of the Year of “The Battle of New Orleans” by Jimmy Driftwood


Lynda Lee Mead from MS was Miss America


“To Kill a Mockingbird” came out and some of the other popular movies of 1960 were “Psycho”, “The Apartment” and “The Sundowners”.


Dwight D. Eisenhower was president when we graduated.

John F. Kennedy became President in the November election.


Pittsburch beat the Yankees (4-3) in the World Series


The cost of a first class stamp was 4 cents


The Unemployment rate was 5.5%

The Federal Debt was about $290.5 billion


American U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers,  was shot down over Russia (May 1).


The world population was about 3.039 billion



1961    East Germany erected the Berlin Wall between East and West Berlin to halt the flood of refugees (Aug. 13).


1962    The first transatlantic television transmission occured via the Telstar Satellite,  making worldwide television and cable networks a reality.   AND    Johnny Carson took over hosting duties of The Tonight Show from Jack Parr.


1963    Michael E. De Bakey implanted an artificial heart in a human for the first time at Houston hospital (April 21).

President Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Tex. Lyndon B. Johnson becomes President the same day (Nov. 22). Beatlemania hit the U.K. The Beatles,  a British band,  took Britain by storm.


1964    Peyton Place premiered on ABC and was the first prime-time soap opera.

Color television made its way into U.S. homes.

The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.


1965    The first US combat troops arrived in Vietnam. By the end of the year, 190,000 American soldiers are in Vietnam.

The Sound of Music premiered.

Bill Cosby, starring in I Spy, became the first African American to headline a television show.


1966   The first Star Trek episode, "The Man Trap," is broadcast on September 8.


1967     Astronauts Col. Virgil I. Grissom, Col. Edward White II, and Lt. Cmdr. Roger B. Chaffee were killed in fire during test launch (Jan. 27).

Congress created PBS.

Dr. Christiaan N. Barnard and team of South African surgeons performed the world's first successful human heart transplant (Dec. 3).


1968     Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader, was slain in Memphis (April 4).

The successful flight of Apollo 8 made Commander Frank Borman,  Command Module Pilot James Lovell,  and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders the first people to orbit the moon.


1969    Apollo 11 astronauts—Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., —took first walk on the Moon (July 20).


1970    Four students at Kent State University in Ohio were slain by National Guardsmen at demonstration protesting incursion into Cambodia (May 4).

IBM introduced the floppy disk.


1972   Time Inc. transmitted HBO, the first pay cable network.

Atari introduced the arcade version of Pong, the first video game.


1973   Nixon, on national TV,  accepted responsibility, but not blame, for Watergate; accepted resignations of H. R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman,  fired John W. Dean III as counsel (April 30).

US Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade.

Skylab, the first American space station, was launched (May 14).


1974   Richard M. Nixon announced he will resign the next day,  the first President to do so (Aug. 8).


1975    Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft took off for US-Soviet link-up in space (July 15).


1976   Viking I landed on Mars.


1977   Star Wars hit theaters.

Elvis Presley died


1978   Sony introduced the Walkman, the first portable stereo.

Balloon angioplasty was developed to treat coronary artery disease.


1979   Nuclear power plant accident at Three Mile Island, Pa., released radiation (March 28).


1982   The space shuttle Columbia made its first mission, deploying two communications satellites (Nov. 16).


1983   With the introduction of noise-free compact discs, the vinyl record began a steep decline. More than 125 million viewers tuned in to the last episode of M*A*S*H.

The FCC authorized Motorola to begin testing cellular phone service in Chicago.


1984   The Cosby Show debuted on NBC. The sitcom was widely considered the most popular show of the 1980s.

Apple introduced the user-friendly Macintosh personal computer.


1985   Coca-Cola attempted to change its 99-year-old formula in an effort to attract younger drinkers. "New" Coke was poorly received,  and the company soon reintroduces the original, "Classic" beverage.


1986   Major nuclear accident at Soviet Union's Chernobyl power station alarmed world (April 26   Nintendo video games introduced in U.S.

Halley's comet yielded information on return visit (April 10).


1988   Ted Turner started Turner Network Television (TNT) and bought MGM's film library.


1989   After 28 years,  the Berlin Wall is opened to the West (Nov. 11).

A San Francisco Bay area earthquake measuring 7.1 in magnitude,  killed 67 and injured over 3,000. Over 100,000 buildings damaged or destroyed. (Oct. 17)


1990   The Simpsons debuted on Fox and became an instant hit.

Seinfeld debuted on NBC.

The Hubble Space Telescope eas launched (Apr. 25).


1992   A text-based Web browser was made available to the public (Jan.); within a few years, millions of people became regular users of the World Wide Web.


1993   Five were arrested,  sixth were sought in the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York (March 29).


1994   O. J. Simpson arrested in killings of wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and friend, Ronald Goldman (June 18).


1995   Russian space station Mir greeted first Americans (March 14). US shuttle docked with station (June 27).

Scores killed as terrorist's car bomb blew up block-long Oklahoma City federal building (April 19); The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum opened in Cleveland.

An estimated 150 million people watched as the not guilty verdict was read in the O. J. Simpson verdict.

Drs. Ian Wilmut and Keith Campbell (UK) created the world's first cloned sheep, Megan and Morag, from embryo cells.


  • 1996 - TWA Flight 800 explodes off Long Island killing all 230 aboard.
  • 1996 - Centennial Olympic Park bombing at Summer Olympics in Atlanta kills 1 and injures 111
  • 1997 - Sparked by a global economic crisis scare, the Dow Jones Industrial Average follows world markets and plummets 554.26, or 7.18%, to 7,161.15
  • 1998-1999 - Lewinsky scandal: President Clinton is accused of having a sexual relationship with 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky. This leads to the impeachment of Clinton later in the year by the U.S. House of Representatives. Clinton is acquitted of all impeachment charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in a 21-day Senate trial
  • 1999 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 10,000 mark for the first time, at 10,006.78
  • 1999 - Two teenage students murder 13 other students and teachers at Columbine High School. It is the deadliest mass murder at a high school in U.S. history, and sparks debates on gun control and bullying.
  • 1999 - Along with the rest of the world, the U.S. prepares for the possible effects of the Y2K bug in computers, which was feared to cause computers to become inoperable and wreak havoc.
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