Flashback 1960!

A jukebox of yesteryear

Cost of living:

  • Average yearly income $5,199
  • Average new auto $2,275
  • Gallon of gas .25
  • Gallon of milk $1.04
  • Loaf bread. .20

    The Flintstones
    The Andy Griffith show
    TV highlights of '60:

  • 04/1/1960 - The CBS-TV show, "Lucy-Desi" comedy hour ends with only 13 shows.
  • 09/29/1960 - The situation comedy, "My three sons" debuts and runs until 8/24/1972. 369 episodes were made.
  • 09/30/1960 - The "Flintstones" cartoon aires on ABC-TV and runs until 9/2/1966 and finishes with 166 episodes.
  • 10/--/1960 - The CBS-TV humor series, "Candid Camera" begins and runs to September 1967
  • 10/3/1960 - CBS-TV's comedy, "The Andy Griffith show" debuts. Show would have 249 episodes before it's ending on 9/16/1968.
  • 10/7/1960 - The adventure series, "Route 66" premiers on CBS-TV and runs until September 18, 1964. 116 episodes were made.
  • Ricky and Lucy

    My three sons

    Martin Milner and George Maharis starring in Route 66

    Top singles of '60:

    Alley-Oop (The Hollywood Argyles)
    Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Elvis Presley)
    Cathy's Clown (The Everly Brothers)
    I'm Sorry (Brenda Lee)
    It's Now Or Never (Elvis Presley)
    My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own (Connie Francis)
    Save The Last Dance For Me (The Drifters)
    Stuck On You (Elvis Presley)
    Theme From A Summer Place (Percy Faith)
    The Twist (Chubby Checker)

    Movies of '60:

    13 Ghosts
    The fall of the house of Usher
    Time Machine

    Famous Deaths:

    November 16 - Clark Gable "William Clark Gable" (heart attack)

    Famous Births:

    January 11th - Stanley Tucci
    January 24th - Nastassja Kinski
    February 7th - James Spader
    March 24th - Kelly LeBrock
    April 23rd - Valerie Bertinelli
    May 6th - Roma Downey
    May 10th - Bono
    May 21st - Jeffrey Dahmer
    June 2nd - Kyle Petty
    June 28th - John Elway
    July 15th - Willie Aames
    August 10th - Antonio Banderas
    August 16th - Timothy Hutton
    August 17th - Sean Penn
    August 24th - Cal Ripken Jr.
    September 4th - Damon Wayans
    September 9th - Hugh Grant
    September 22nd - Joan Jett
    October 18th - Jean-Claude Van Damme
    November 6th - Lance Kerwin
    November 11th - Lisa Welch
    November 25th - John F. Kennedy Jr.
    December 19th - Mike Lookinland
    December 19th - Daryl Hannah

    Special events of '60:

  • By 1960, 77% of all U.S. families owned a car, and 15% owned two or more.
  • A Japanese company introduces the first felt-tip pen.
  • Xerox introduces the first production paper copier machine.
  • The U.S. launches Echo I, the world's first communication satellite.
  • 95% of soft drinks sold in the U.S. are furnished in reusable bottles. But in 1960 aluminum cans are used for the first time.
  • In 1960 Howard Johnson had 607 independently owned restaurants, making it the largest private food distributor in the country.
  • Thomas S. Monaghan, borrows $500 to buy a pizza parlor in Detroit, and renames it "Domino's."
  • Chubby Checker introduces The Twist at the Peppermint Lounge in New York.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Yankees to win the 1960 World Series.
  • Floyd Patterson defeats Ingemar Johansson to regain the heavyweight championship.
  • 2,000 computers are delivered in the U.S.
  • The Academy award for Best Picture goes to "The Apartment."
  • Elvis Presley returns to the music scene after his discharge from the army.
  • "Bye Bye Birdie" opens on Broadway
  • The Beatles begin to make appearances outside of their native Liverpool.
  • Chevrolet introduces the "Corvair" and it's a success with 250,000 produced in it's first year.
  • Ford introduces the "Falcon" which was produced up to 1970.
  • Mercury releases a new car called the "Comet" on March 17. Priced from $1,998 to $2,365. 1967 would be the last year for this model.

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