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1965 Popular Culture

Nathaniel English, Writer

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Fifty years may seem like a long time ago, but our school was built then. Many changes have happend in these last 50 years. Listed below is a time capsule of sorts from the 1960’s. I wonder what the school and culture will be like in another 50 years?  It sure would be exciting to see a time capsule opened in 2066.

Zentralbild/Hochneder 17.5.1964 Sonderdienst Deutschlandtreffen Tanz am Pfingstsonnabendabend. Eifrig wurde auf den Tanzflächen von der Karl-Marx-Allee bis Unter den Linden getwistet.

The top two books on the best seller list in 1965 were The Source By James A. Michener and Up the Down Staircase By Bel Kaufman.

The most popular movie was Sound of Music.

The 60’s generation danced the Twist and the Mash Potato to popular musicians such as the Beach Boys, Beatles, and Elvis.

A few popular sayings were: “Don’t sweat it” and “Psychedelic”.

If you thought something was “Cool or awesome” as we say,  in the 60’s you would have said, “Psychedelic!” Nowadays, if you want your friend to calm down  you say, “Chill bruh ” while they would have said “Don’t sweat it”.

Here’s some events in history that happened in 1965:

  • On January 2nd Martin Luther King Jr. begins a drive to register black voters.
  • On February 21st Rights activist Malcolm X is shot dead by Nation of Islam followers at Audubon Ballroom in New York City.
  • On May 24th Supreme Court declares federal law allowing post office to intercept communist propaganda is unconstitutional.
  • On July 19th shooting begins on Star Trek 2nd pilot “Where No Man Has Gone Before.”
  • On August 6th US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act prohibiting voting discrimination against minorities.
  • On August 28th 1st Subway shop opens in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
  • On September 26th Queen Elizabeth decorates Beatles with Oder of the British Empire.
  • On October 3rd  Whitey Ford notches #232 to become Yankees winningest pitcher
  • On November 16th Walt Disney launches Epcot Center: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow
  • On December 3rd USSR launches Luna 8; it crashes on the Moon.
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