- The mini-skirt comes on the scene.
- This was the year that the milkman still delivered milk straight to your doorstep.
- A new soft drink Diet Pepsi.
- Biggest toy fad the Super Ball. I don’t know about you but I still have some super balls.
- Skateboarding begins to gain popularity.
- For the first time, people hear the “Hare Krishna” chant used by the International Society of Krishna Consciousness.
- The nation experiences its largest blackout as a Toronto, Canada plant extinguishes the lights for 80,000 square miles including New York.
- Bob Dylan performs at the Newport Rock Festival switching from acoustic folkie to rock and roller.
- The Byrds popularize folk-rock with “Mr. Tambourine Man”.
- This year brings the start of protest-rock focusing on such issues as the Vietnam War with
- the song “Eve of Destruction”, civil rights battles – “People Get Ready” and anti-authority hits like “Satisfaction”. “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones became the biggest hit of this year and is still popular today.
- A rallying cry against racial riots was expressed in the song by Martha & the Vandellas “Dancing in the Streets” and LA DJ the Magnificent Montague’s slogan, “Burn Baby Burn” takes on new meaning as communities burn in flames.
- Blues-rock reaches a new peak with groups like The Yardbirds, the Who, The Pretty Things, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
- Along comes southern soul music with Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Solomon Burke and Joe Tex.
- James Brown surprises everyone with what became known as “funk” sort of a mix of pure soul and a rhythm-based new invention and came up with the hits “Papa’s got a Brand New Bag” and “I Got You”.
- A super memorable event takes place at Elvis Presley’s LA home as Elvis and the Beatles meet for the first and only time.
- “The T.A.M.I Show” the very first rock concert movie is filmed in Santa Monica. Featuring such bands and singers as the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, the Supremes, Jan and Dean, the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Chuck Berry and James Brown.
- The man Alan Freed who coined the term “rock n’ roll” and introduced it to America a whole decade earlier winds up dying of alcoholism at the age of 44 broke and forgotten.
- Sandy Koufax leads the Los Angeles Dodgers to victory in the World Series.
- The NFL Championship is won by the Green Bay Packers.
Movies and TV
- At the Academy Awards, Best Picture is won by “The Sound of Music” starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Best Actor is won by Lee Marvin for his role in “Cat Ballou”. Other popular movies of the year include “Doctor Zhivago”, “Thunderball”, and “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines”.
- Most popular series on TV still is Bonanza, followed by Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Lucy Show, The Red Skelton Hour and The Andy Griffith Show. Two series which became popular were inspired by the popularity of the James Bond movies they were Get Smart and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.