1960's Decade Project
Brett Ross Ahmed Ghuznavi Dominique Hernandez Cameron Macolm
The 1960s had its share of thrilling athletic events, fiercely contested rivalries, dominant teams, and inspiring sports heroes. The Green Bay Packers, the Boston Celtics, and the New York Yankees dominated professional football, basketball, and baseball, respectively. Yet the decade also saw upstart teams such as baseball's New York Mets and football's New York Jets produce dramatic championship seasons. Longstanding records were shattered in major league baseball, as Roger Maris hit sixty-one home runs in 1961, and Maury Wills stole 104 bases in 1962. College football and basketball remained tremendously popular sports. In 1968 alone, three football teams—the University of Texas, Ohio State University, and Penn State University—all compiled undefeated records. In college basketball, coach John Wooden's University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins were kings of the court, winning ten national championships between 1964 and 1975. Athletes and teams in many other sports pushed the boundaries of their field, thrilling fans with their prowess.
Obviously, there are great stories to be told about sports in the 1960s. Yet it was not the athletic contests themselvesthat defined the changing nature of sports in the 1960s, but rather the way that developments in sports reflected the pressing societal issues of the era, from Cold War politics to civil rights to the widespread commercialization of culture.
Music and Entertainment
As the late fifties gave way to the early sixties, the rockabilly stars of the previous decade were still having hits, but the older pop-music stars were fading away as they struggled to find material that would click with this new and energetic generation of kids. Eventually rock artists came to be expected to write and even produce their own songs, becoming responsible for everything about how their records sounded--but that would have to wait for Marvin Gaye, Brian Wilson and Lennon & McCartney. Born on February 26, 1932, Johnny R. Cash was an Arkansas native who would later become one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
During the 1960′s cash developed his so called ‘outlaw’ image though he had never been to prison, nor served more than a night in jail for misdemeanors.
Cinema in the 1960s reflected the decade of fun, fashion, rock 'n' roll, tremendous social changes and transitional cultural values. This was a turbulent decade of monumental changes, tragedies, cultural events, assassinations and deaths, and advancements.
However, 1963 was the worst year for US film production in fifty years. And the largest number of foreign films released in the US in any one year was in 1964