To provide an estimate of inflation I have given a guide to the value of $100 US Dollars for the first year in the decade to the equivalent in today’s money
If you have $100 Converted from 1960 to 2005 it would be equivalent to $679.09 today
In 1960 a new house cost $12,700.00 and by 1969 was $15,500.00
In 1960 the average income per year was $5,315.00 and by 1969 was $8,540.00
In 1960 a gallon of gas was 25 cents and by 1969 was 35 cents
In 1960 the average cost of new car was $2,600.00 and by 1969 was $3,270.00
A few more prices from the 60’s and how much things cost
Volkswagen beetle $1,769 From Car Prices in the 60’s Ford Mustang 2 door hardtop $2368 , Misses Swinging Shifts Skirts $5.00 , Oxford men’s Shoes $12.95 1960 Men’s Pocket Watch $9.44 Automatic Can Opener $8.88 Automatic Electric Blanket $9.94 Oranges 89 cents for 2 dozen Oven ready Turkeys 39 cents per pound From Price of Food 60’s Modern Walnut Bookcase $29.97 Coal $14.95 ton
The popular toys of the decade were anything space related due to mans race to the moon, Barbie, GI Joe plus showing a heavy influence from childrens TV shows and pop music and culture.
The 60’s were a decade once again dominated by a war ( VIETNAM )not a world war but the effects were still felt throughout the world. It is also the start of showing how the people can effect politics through the power of “peaceful” demonstrations , students were the driving force because with education comes empowerment and with empowerment comes a voice , and in the 60’s students learnt how to use that voice.
In the West although politicians would have liked to stopped demonstrations ( and tried ) against their policies, due to “freedom of speech” it was not possible
Many of the conflicts during the 60’s could be considered to be part of the ongoing cold war between the East and the West ( Communism — Capitalism ) , but due to the Nuclear Capabilities of both sides nether wanted to start a full scale war as they realized there could be no winner but both believed their ideology was best, they tried in other ways to influence the politics throughout the world.
Many believe the closest the world has come to a World Wide Nuclear War was in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis
John F. Kennedy became the 35th President of the United States From January 20, 1961 till his assassination on November 22, 1963 at Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald. His presidency although cut short due to his murder is remembered for multiple reasons including his commitment that the United States Of America should commit itself to landing a man on the Moon and returning him back safely to the earth before the end of the decade. The Cuban Crisis and Bay of Pigs Invasion. And creating the Peace Corps to help underdeveloped nations in areas such as education, farming, health care and construction. For such a short term in office his achievements endeared him to the American People.
During the 60’s the Charismatic Martin Luther King who was a civil rights advocate and exceptionally gifted speaker , followed other great leaders throughout history by using non-violent means together with the power of speech and managed to create change through his influence created by the strong following he had. He was assassinated on April 4th 1968 By James Earl Ray
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and The Voting Rights Act of 1965 changed the lives of the African Americans minority by ensuring equal rights for all
The Sixties also bought the space race to new heights and ended the race to land a man on the moon and bring him back when America through the Apollo 11 mission on July 20,1969 put Neil Alden Armstrong and Edwin Eugene ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, Jr. became the first humans to land on the Moon fulfilling the American Dream to place a man on the moon before the Russians ( Space Race ). The words spoken by Neil Armstrong “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” going into the history books for now and future generations to come.
Both martin Luther King and John F Kennedy were assassinated during the 60’s .
TV Shows 1960s
Perry Mason 1957 – 1966.
Route 66 1960 – 1964.
Rawhide 1959 – 1966.
The Monkees 1966 – 1968.
The Saint 1966 – 1969.
The Prisoner 1967 – 1968.
Ironside 1967 – 1975. .
Hogan’s Heroes 1965 – 1971.
Lassie 1954 – 1973.
Flipper 1964 – 1967.
The Benny Hill Show 1969 – 1989.
Monty Python’s Flying Circus 1969 – 1974.
Bonanza 1959 – 1973.
The Brady Bunch 1969 – 1974.
Peyton Place 1964 – 1969.
The Fugitive 1963 – 1967.
77 Sunset Strip 1958 – 1964.
The Man From Uncle 1964 – 1968.
Doctor Who 1963 – 1989.
Gilligan’s Island 1964 – 1967.
Gunsmoke 1955 – 1975.
Columbo 1968 – 2003.
The Virginian 1962 – 1971.
Mr Ed 1961 – 1966.
The Twilight Zone ( Original Series ) 1959 – 1964.
I Dream of Jeannie 1965 – 1970.
Bewitched 1964 – 1972.
Steptoe and Son 1st Series 1962 – 1965. 2nd Series 1970 – 1974
Get Smart 1965 – 1970
Green Acres 1965 – 1971.
Sporting Changes In The 60’S
Old ballparks including Ebbett’s Field, Sportsman’s Park, Forbes Field and Crosley Field are torn down, making way for newer, shinier stadiums many as indoor pitches.
Players Association forces owners to up salaries and provide better benefits including pensions.
1963 – 1964 Season Clash Between Owners and Players ( who refuse to play ) just before All-Star Game over wages and pensions. Owners agree to demands allowing match to continue.
New League The ABA or American Basketball Association formed in 1967 luring away NBA stars and rookies out of college.
Association Football (Soccer)
Pele and Brazil dominate the game in the 60’s Pelé real name was Edison Arantes do Nascimento and he broke records each time he played.
Britain the home of soccer win the world cup in 1966.
Offensive formations evolve in both the college and pro ranks including the wishbone and the shotgun Formation
American Football League ALF Created and Later Merge With NFL
Super Bowls Born As A ( Championship Game Between NFL and AFL 1967 and 1968 ) Green Bay Packers Win Under Vince Lombardi
The Red Wings and the Canadiens Dominate The Game
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Although the USSR appeared to be ahead in the space race in the 50’s and 60’s the ultimate prize went to the United States in 1969 when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were landed on the moon and returned safely back to earth, many who remember the immortal words ” One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind “.
Inventions The Year Invented Inventors and Country ( or attributed to First Use )
Cash Dispenser —– 1969 Turkey by Luther Simjian
CCDs —– 1969 USA Charge Coupled Device – to capture image
Communication Satellite —– 1962 USA Telstar
Computer Mouse —– 1964 USA by Douglas Engelbart
Fibre Optics —– 1966 England by Charles Keo and George Hockham
Heart Pacemaker —– 1960 USA by Wilson Greatbatch
Human Space Travel —– 1961 Russia Yuri Gagarin – the first human in space
Hypertext —– 1965 USA for linking text
Internet —– 1969 USA US military
Kevlar —– 1966 USA by Stephanie Kwolek
Laser —– 1960 USA by Theodore Maiman
LEDs —– 1962 USA Light Emitting Diodes – used for displays
Manned Moon Landing —– 1969 USA Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin walk on Moon
Moon Landing —– 1966 Russia Luna 9 lands softly on the Moon
Optical Disk —– 1965 USA by James Russell – now Compact Disk CD / DVD History of Hifi and Music Players and Media
Portable Calculator —– 1967 USA Texas Instruments
Space Docking —– 1966 USA Gemini VIII docks with an orbiting satellite
Space Walk —– 1965 Russia Aleksei Leonov – first person outside space vehicle
Tape Cassette —– 1963 Netherlands
Venus Probe —– 1962 USA Mariner 2 – the first planetary probe
Weather Satellite —– 1960 USA Tiros I