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Created for those who turned 50 in 1960.

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  • 1. 50 Classics Launched in 1960
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2. The Twist by Chubby Checker
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3. The 50 Star US Flag
The 50 star US Flag debuted in Philadelphia, more than 10 months after the admission of Hawaii as the 50th state.
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4. Weather Satellites
TIROS I was the first successful weather satellite and the first of a series of Television Infrared Observation Satellites.
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5. The Flintstones
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6. To Kill a Mockingbirdby Harper Lee
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7. Aretha Franklins Recording Career
Aretha Franklin records four demos in New York City in August 1960.This was the beginning of her recording career with Columbia Records.
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8. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
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9. The Civil Rights Act of 1960
President Dwight Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1960, overcoming 125-hour, around-the-clock filibuster by 18 Senate Democrats.
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10. Family Circus
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11. The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken
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12. FDA Approves the Birth Control Pill
Oral contraceptiveswere approved by the FDA in May of 1960.
Margaret Sanger celebrated with champagne alone and at home.
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13. Playboy Clubs
Hugh Hefner opened his first Playboy Club in Chicago on February 29, 1960.
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14. Psycho
Alfred Hitchcocks thriller Psycho opened to mixed reviews though eventually received four Academy Award nominations.
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15. Female Prime Ministers
MrsSirimavo Bandaranaike of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) becomes the worlds first female Prime Minister.
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16. The Musical Adaptation of Oliver!
Oliver!, the musical based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, premiers in the West End in London.
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17. How America Eats by Clementine Paddleford
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18. Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies
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19. Aluminum Cans
Aluminum cans were first used commercially for food and beverages.
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20. Dominos Pizza
Domino's started out small - with just one store in 1960.
Today, there are more than 8,000 stores - including more than 3,000 outside the United States.
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21. Dole
The Hawaiian Pineapple Company changes its name to Dole.
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22. Frozen Bagels
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23. Granny Smith Apples come to US
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24. Motown Records
Berry Gordy, Jr. incorporates his company as Motown Record Corporation in Detroit on April 14, 1960.
Motown Records makes its first splash with "Shop Around" a #1 R&B hit by The Miracles.
25. My Three Sons
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26. Jane Goodalls Chimp Research
Jane Goodall, noted chimpanzee researcher, makes her first trip to Gombe in Africa.
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27. The Wilderness Letterby Wallace Stegner
Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed;
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28. Clean Water Act
The first Clean Water Act passes US Congress
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29. OPECThe Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries
Founded by:
Venezuela
Saudi Arabia
Iran
Iraq
Kuwait
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30. France Tests Her First Atomic Bomb
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31. The Peace Corps
While addressing students at the University of Michigan, Kennedy challenges students to give 2-years of servicein the developing world.
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32. Underwater Circumnavigation
The nuclear submarine USS Triton completes the first underwater circumnavigation of the Earth on May 10
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33. The Laser
Arthur Leonard Schawlow & Charles Townes receive the first patent for a laser on March 22.
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34. The IRA vs. the British
The Irish Republican Army (IRA) starts its fight against the British.
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35. Aswan Dam
Construction of the Aswan Dam begins in Egypt on January 9.
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37. Etch-a-Sketch
Ohio Art began production of the Etch-a-Sketch on July 12, 1960.
In response to enormous response, they keep their plant until noon on Christmas Day.
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38. Cassius Clay
Cassius Clay (who later takes the name Muhammad Ali) wins his first professional fight in Louisville, Kentucky on October 29.
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39. Hollywood Walk of Fame
The original construction of the Walk of Fame had 2,500 blank stars.
Joanne Woodward receives the first star on the Walk of Fame on February 9.
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40. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
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41. The Fantasticks
The Fantasticks begins its 42-year run in New York Citys Sullivan Street Playhouse on May 3.
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42. The Paralympic Games
The first official Paralympic Games is held in Rome with 400 wheelchair athletes from 23 countries.
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43. The Beatles
The newly named Beatles begin a 48-night residency at the Indra Club in Hamburg, Germany on August 17.
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44. The Ford Falcon
The Ford Motor Company begins production of the Ford Falcon. manufactured in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Mexico and the USA until 1970.
45. Televised Presidential Debates
The first televised debate takes place between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy in Chicago on September 26.
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46. Xerox Copy Machine
Xerox introduces the first Commercial Document Reproduction Machine.
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47. The Answering Machine
Dr Kazuo Hashimoto invents the Ansafone sold in the USA as a Automatic Telephone Answering Machine.
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48. The Tesla
The tesla is used in defining the wireless transfer of energy.
It is named in honor of the Yugoslavian-American inventor, physicist, and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla.
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49. Bernie Madoffs Career
Bernie Madoff starts his business with $5,000 saved from odd jobs, including lifeguarding and sprinkler installations.
50. Herman Miller Furniture
The Herman Miller Furniture Company incorporates as Herman Miller, Inc.
Ray Eames designs a new kind of occasional piece for the lobby of the Time-Life Building in New York.
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51. The Game of Life
The Game of Life is released to celebrate the one hundredth year anniversary of Milton Bradley.
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52. Created by Meredith Emmett in honor of all her classic friends born in 1960.
With a little help from tools not even imagined in 1960 such as Google, Wikepedia, and numerous blogs.
To the next 50 years!