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The Ten Defining Moments of the Sixties
The Ten Defining Songs of the Sixties Decade
There has never been a decade quite like the sixties; the
diversity, conflicts, hope, anger, themusic,
thedance crazesand the fun that characterized
those years are captured here. The 60s decade was a decade of change. Not only were those changes evident
infashionsbut world events,music
of the 60s,automobiles,toys, and individual self expression as displayed
during the largest outdoor rock concert ever performed,Woodstock.The television shows of the
fifties and sixties depicted the morals and values of our society. The simplicity of our lifestyle were so
evident at that time. The westerns on the televisions series were about the good guys always
Music and events of the day interacted with one another as we
progressed through one of the most turbulent decades in modern history. The assassination of President John F.
Kennedy,Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and presidential
hopeful Bobby Kennedy illustrated the turbulent and restless society.Lance Morrowsaid"The real 1960s began on the afternoon
of November 22, 1963. It came to seem that Kennedy's murder opened some malign trap door in American culture,
and the wild bats flapped out."
In contrast the sixties decade has been described by historians as
the decade that resulted in the most significant changes in our history. In 1969 the race to space was won by the
U.S. by putting a man on the moon. This one event caught more press and attention second to only
theVietnam War. The 1960s were also time of turmoil,
probably described as such for the racial unrest during this period, social injustice and because of our
involvement in the war inVietnam. The magnitude of violence in the streets of
U.S. cities as well as on college campuses in protest of the War in Vietnam was unprecedented in our history. The
burning of the flag and draft cards were widely used as tools for protest.
Even though the 60s had its periods of unrest and violence, it was
a great decade to have grown up in. If you don't believe it just ask anybody who was a baby
boomer.(Anybody who was born from
1946-1964.)Even though you may have not lived during this decade,
you will still enjoy browsing this significant history and if you were fortunate enough to experience the 60s, when
baseball was the favorite past time, just sit back and remember how great the sixties really were! Look how
fashions and ideals of today were shaped by baby boomers. Try to remember when life seemed so much more carefree
and slower. The music was clean and fun and we actually understood the lyrics. We knew all our neighbors on the
street where we lived. Innocent fun was the game not violence against our fellow man.
The school dances with the crazy dance steps of the popular dances
at the time were fond memories. We invented steps to add to the ridiculous steps these had. We were having fun just
as the sixties were meant to be. Check out thesepopular dances of
our times. See if you can remember more and email me
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Games were pretty popular back in the
1960sOuija and Twisterwere all the rage, before the
internet, board games and other types of social games made great entertainment.For adults, in particular ladies, the bingo halls were frequented often, a pastime which has
since been in a steady decline. Other pastimes have also gone out of fashion, whereas some have stood the test
of time. One pastime that seems to gain growing these days popularity is online bingo. Some sites offer free bingo games just for fun, while others offer to
play for money. Most sites will offer a combination of the two.
Stumbling through the 60s you will recall the famous and not so
famous written and spoken words that were so much part of the 60s culture.Margot Kiddersaid it well
with"It was a
wonderful time to be young. The 1960s didn't end until about 1976. Weall believed in Make Love, Not War. We were idealistic innocents, despite the drugs and
Lennonsaid"The thing the sixties did was to show us the
possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn't the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the
possibility."I don't know about the possibilities but I do know
that the 60s was an event that even today's school children try to research and understand why the 60s decade had
so much impact on today.
The 60s were a time of fun and innocence and much of it was
reflected in the music and the lyrics such as "The message may not move
me, or mean a great deal to me, but it feels so groovy to say "I Dig Rock and Roll
Paul and Mary's1967 hit"I Dig Rock and Roll Music.
Spiro Agnewdescribed all the segments of the 60s with his quote"Yippies, Hippies, Yahoos, Black Panthers, lions and tigers alike - I would swap the whole damn
zoo for the kind of young Americans I saw in Vietnam."
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or
cabinets and when we rode our bikes…Though sometimes we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.
As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats. No
booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires…and sometimes no brakes. Riding in the back of a pick-up
truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose, and not from a bottle. We shared
one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon…Twinkies, ding
dongs, and Kool-aid made with REAL white sugar. And we weren't overweight. WHY? Because we were outside playing and
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we
were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day...no cell phones! And you know what?
We were okay.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no
video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's! Something as simple as
going out for ice cream was an event.
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were
no lawsuits from these accidents.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live
in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with
sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who
didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law or got in
trouble in school was UNHEARD of...They actually typically sided with the law!