1960 Fun Facts, Trivia, and History
History Facts From the Year 1960
What are some fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1960? For openers, John F. Kennedy was elected President, Theodore Maiman built the first laser, and Wilson Greatbatch developed the heart pacemaker. Hurricane Donna battered the eastern U.S. from late August until mid-September, the USPS introduced zip codes, and the U.S. census was mailed out for the first time.
In 1960, the FDA banned sassafras oil from root beer, about 65% of Americans were churchgoers, and the USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched. General Motors was America’s biggest company, the Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series, and the theme from A Summer Place was number one on the charts for nine weeks.
Back in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho was the most popular film, Little Debbie Cream Pies first appeared on grocery store shelves, and favorite holiday gifts were Barbie and Chatty Cathy. Gunsmoke (CBS) was the top TV show, the last episode of The Howdy Doody Show (NBC) aired, and The Flintstones (ABC) premiered.
In 1960, the minimum wage was $1.00, the average family income was $6,691.00, and a new house cost $12,700.00. A gallon of gas cost 31¢, a McDonald’s hamburger was 15¢, and a doctor’s visit cost $5.00. White bread was 12¢ a loaf, Kraft Miracle Whip cost 51¢ for a quart jar, and a six-pack of Pepsi was 59¢.
Back in 1960, farmers made up 8.3% of the U.S. labor force, over 90% of American households had at least one TV, and the Winter Olympics were held in Squaw Valley, California. NBA player Oscar Robertson married teacher Yvonne Crittenden, entertainers Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz parted ways, and tuition at Harvard cost $1,520.
In 1960, the starting salary for a teacher was $5,135, Detroit was the wealthiest per capita city in America, and Granny Smith apples first appeared in American grocery stores. Domino's Pizza and Four Seasons Hotels were both launched, Golf Magazine began publishing, and A Taste of Honey and 57 other shows opened on Broadway.
Here are some more fast history facts from 1960: “cooties” were an “imaginary germ” that uncool people had, Advise and Consent was a national bestseller, and Venetian Way won the Kentucky Derby. A movie ticket cost 69¢, chicken a la King and iceberg wedge salads were crowd-pleasers, and popular baby names were Michael and Lisa.
On the international stage, OPEC was created, North Vietnam escalated military operations against the South Vietnamese, and Cuba nationalized American oil and sugar interests. Swarms of locusts destroyed many of China’s crops, and 1960 was the year of the mysterious Black Knight satellite, when U.S. officials believed that an alien satellite was orbiting the earth.
Famous people in the news back in 1960 included John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Harold Macmillan, Queen Elizabeth II, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Louis and Mary Leakey, Elvis Presley, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Arnold Palmer, Berry Gordy, Alfred Hitchcock, Floyd Patterson, Mickey Mantle, Harper Lee, Grandma Moses, and Chubby Checker.
Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts, cool trivia, and history from the year 1960. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, books, cars, interesting foods, sports facts, fashion fads, and other pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 1960s-themed trivia quiz.
Table of Contents
For your convenience, I have divided this article into the following categories:
- Grocery Prices in the Year 1960
- Other Retail Prices for the Year
- History Facts From the USA
- International News
- Random Sports Facts
- Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
- Bestselling Books
- Popular Movies
- 1960/1961’s Most Popular Television Shows (According to Nielsen)
- Broadway Shows That Opened
- Cool Pop Music Artists
- Number One Music Hits for the Year
- Famous People in the News
- Well-Known People Who Were Born in 1960
- Famous People Who Died
- America’s Biggest Companies
- American Companies Founded
- How Much Did a New Car Cost in 1960?
1. Grocery Prices in the Year 1960
These facts from the American grocery industry have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Public Library in Whippany, NJ.
- Apples: $0.16 per pound
- Bananas: $0.10 per pound
- Cabbage: $0.10 per pound
- Calf Liver: $0.79 per pound
- Campbell’s Pork & Beans: $0.15 for a 16-ounce can
- Canned corn: $0.15 for a 15-ounce can
- Canned orange juice: $0.43 for a 46-ounce can
- Carrots: $0.05 for a one-pound bag
- Chewing gum: $0.05 per pack
- Chicken fryers: $0.37 per pound
- Coffee: $0.75 per pound
- Corn syrup: $0.27 for 24 ounces
- Del Monte Sliced Yellow Cling Peaches: $0.29 for a 16-ounce can
- Eggs: $0.53 per dozen
- Flour: $0.49 for a five-pound bag
- Fresh corn: Six ears for $0.25
- Frozen French fried potatoes: $0.10 for eight ounces
- Frozen turkey: $0.39 per pound
- Gerber’s Baby Food: $0.25 for three jars
- Grape jelly: $0.29 for 12 ounces
- Ground beef: $0.33 per pound
- Hershey Bar: $0.05 for a one-ounce bar
- Heinz Ketchup: $0.22 for a 14-ounce bottle
- Hickory smoked ham: $0.49 per pound
- Iceberg lettuce: $0.17 per head
- Ice cream: $0.79 per half gallon
- Jello: $0.35 for four packages
- Kraft Miracle Whip: $0.51 for a quart jar
- Land O'Lakes Butter: $0.67 per pound
- Margarine: $0.27 per pound
- Milk: $0.95 per gallon
- Nilla Wafers: $0.25 for a 12-ounce box
- Onions: $0.09 per pound
- Oranges: Two dozen for $0.89
- Peanut butter: $0.29 for a one-pound jar
- Pepsi: Six-pack for $0.59
- Pillsbury Cake Mix: $0.25 per box
- Pork chops: $0.59 per pound
- Potatoes: $0.72 for a 10-pound bag
- Rice: $0.45 for a three-pound bag
- Shortening (hydrogenated): $0.82 for a three-pound can
- Sirloin steak: $0.89 per pound
- Skippy Peanut Butter: $0.79 for a 16-ounce jar
- Sliced bacon: $0.79 per pound
- Sliced pickles: $0.26 for 15 ounces
- Soda crackers: $0.23 for a one-pound box
- Sugar: $0.38 for a five-pound bag
- Starkist Tuna: $0.31 for a six-ounce can
- Sweet potatoes: $0.14 per pound
- Tea bags: $0.24 for 16 bags
- T-bone steak: $0.85 per pound
- Tomato soup: Two cans for $0.25
- Watermelon: 2½ cents per pound
- Wesson Oil: $0.47 per quart
- White bread: $0.20 per loaf
2. Other Retail Prices for the Year
1,000 kWh of electricity: $0.25
45 rpm single record: $1.00
A gallon of gas: $0.31
Budweiser: $0.99 for a six-pack
Buster Brown shoes: $3.00
Can of Aqua Net hairspray: $0.47
Can of shaving cream: $0.59
Cup of restaurant coffee: $0.10 - $0.15
Daily newspaper: $0.10
Dining set (table and six chairs): $158.95
Doctor’s office visit: $5.00
Full-size mattress and box-spring set: $69.99
Kenmore washing machine: $158.00
McDonald’s Coca-Cola: $0.10
McDonald’s French fries: $0.10
McDonald’s cheeseburger: $0.19
McDonald’s coffee: $0.10
McDonald’s hamburger: $0.15
McDonald’s malt shake: $0.20
McDonald’s orangeade: $0.10
McDonald’s root beer: $0.10
Men’s electric shaver: $20.30
Men’s Oxford shoes: $12.95
Movie ticket: $0.69
New car: $2,600.00
New home: $12,700.00
Pair of men’s Levi’s jeans: $5.00
Payphone (local call): $0.10
Polaroid Land Camera: $93.45
Popcorn at the movie: $0.20
Postage stamp: $0.04
Record album: $3.00
Sofa set (two lounges, one with a table and one without): $174.95
Sunburst clock: $27.50
23-inch television: $219.95
Tennis shoes: $5.00
Tuition at Columbia: $1,460
Tuition at Harvard: $1,520
Tuition at MIT: $1,200
Tuition at Northwestern: $1,200
Tuition at Penn State: $480
Tuition at UC Berkeley: $0.00
Women’s swinging shift skirt: $5.00
3. History Facts From the USA
John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States by defeating Richard Nixon. JFK was also the first Roman Catholic and youngest person ever to be elected U.S. President.
Based on 1960 U.S. Census data, the population of the United States was 179,32,175. (The 1950 U.S. population was 151,325,798.)
The unemployment rate was 5.5%.
The rate of inflation jumped from 0.69% to 1.72%, and housing and energy costs were the major factors for the increase. According to In2013Dollars.com, “Purchasing power decreased by 1.72% in 1960 compared to 1959. On average, you would have to spend 1.72% more money in 1960 than in 1959 for the same item. In other words, $1 in 1959 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1.02 in 1960.”
The minimum wage was $1.00, and the average hourly manufacturing wage was $2.32.
In 1960, the mysterious Black Knight satellite led U.S. authorities to believe that an alien satellite was orbiting the earth. Grunge.com reports that “By the end of the 1950s, the space race was in full swing and both the U.S. and USSR had managed to put satellites in orbit. But on February 11, 1960, a radar used by the U.S. Navy picked up the presence of a strange ‘dark, tumbling object’ that didn't belong to either country. . . . The sudden possibility that the Soviets had quietly launched a satellite, possibly a spy satellite, freaked out plenty of Americans. It didn't help that this new object was in polar orbit, when all the known satellites were circling the equator.”
The United States launched the USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Wired.com explains that “With nuclear power to propel it, the Enterprise does not need to carry its own fuel oil and has more room for aircraft and weapons. It routinely carries 70 to 90 planes. The ship measures in at 1,120 feet (about 100 feet longer than the USS Saratoga), with a 250-foot-wide flight deck. . . . It relies on a crew of 5,700.”
Hurricane Donna battered the Caribbean and eastern United States from late August until mid-September. HurricaneScience.org tells us that Donna is the only hurricane on record to produce hurricane-force winds in Florida, the Mid-Atlantic States, and New England. Donna roamed the Atlantic for a total of 17 days, and also holds the record for retaining major hurricane status in the Atlantic Basin for nine days.
In 1960, the U.S. census was mailed out for the first time. Census.gov points out that "Earlier censuses had used self-enumeration on a limited scale, but 1960 was the debut for this technique as a primary method for the collection of population and residential data. The postal service delivered questionnaires to every occupied housing unit. Householders were asked to complete the questionnaire and hold it for an enumerator to pick up."
Zip codes were first introduced in 1960, and the USPS used a mascot named Mr. Zip to help Americans through the transition.
American engineer Wilson Greatbatch developed the heart pacemaker.
American engineer and physicist Theodore Maiman built the first laser at Hughes Research Laboratories.
The FDA banned sassafras oil from root beer because of the carcinogenicity of its constituent “safrole.”
In 1960, about 65% of Americans were churchgoers, compared to about 40% in 1940.
The Winter Olympics were held in Squaw Valley, California. A total of 83 countries and 5,338 athletes participated in the 150 sporting events.
4. International News
Several witnesses reported seeing a “phantom army” on a road near Otterburn, a village in Northumberland, England. Otterburn was “the site of the famous Battle of Otterburn in 1388 when the English army suffered a bloody defeat by the Scots led by the Earl of Douglas.”
The world’s population was 3,000,000,000.
On January 9, construction began on the Aswan High Dam in Egypt, and was completed on July 21, 1970. History.com tells us that “More than two miles long at its crest, the massive $1 billion dam ended the cycle of flood and drought in the Nile River region, and exploited a tremendous source of renewable energy.”
On January 18, the U.S. and Japan signed a joint defense treaty.
In China, an estimated 20 million people died after swarms of locusts destroyed much of the country’s crops. This catastrophe could have been prevented if sparrows, the natural predator of locusts, were not deliberately killed two years earlier to alleviate a “pest problem.”
On September 10-14, OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) was created at the Baghdad Conference by Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. Today, OPEC’s 12 members are Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela.
Le Duan replaced Ho Chi Minh as head of North Vietnam’s ruling Communist party.
North Vietnam escalated military operations against the South Vietnamese.
Fidel Castro nationalized U.S. oil and sugar interests in Cuba in defense of “economy and sovereignty."
The 1960 Summer Olympics were held in August with Rome as the host city. A total of 83 countries and 5,338 athletes participated in the 150 sporting events. For the first time, the games were televised live in 18 European countries, the United States, Canada, and Japan to the delight of millions of viewers.
5. Random Sports Facts
Generally suitable for all age groups, sports trivia questions and answers are a welcome addition to any party game.
- World Series Champions - Pittsburgh Pirates
- NFL Champions - Philadelphia Eagles
- AFL Champions - Houston Oilers
- NBA Champions - Boston Celtics
- Stanley Cup Champs - Montreal Canadiens
- NCAA Football Champions - Minnesota & Mississippi
- NCAA Basketball Champions - Ohio State
- U.S. Open Golf - Arnold Palmer
- U.S. Tennis (men/women) - Neale Fraser/Darlene R. Hard
- Wimbledon (men/women) - Neale Fraser/Maria Bueno
- Kentucky Derby - Venetian Way
6. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
- In 1960, the starting salary for a teacher was $5,135. It was $4,400 for a police officer and $9,400 for an engineer.
- American farmers were paid $1.79 for a bushel of wheat and $0.98 for a bushel of corn.
- Farmers made up 8.3% of the labor force. There were about 3,711,000 farms back then, averaging about 303 acres apiece.
- There were about 45 million television sets in the U.S., and over 90% of American households had at least one TV.
- The term paparazzi originated. Paparazzi “are independent photographers who take pictures of high-profile people, such as actors, athletes, politicians, and other celebrities, typically while subjects go about their usual life routines.” The word was taken from Federico Fellini’s 1960 film La Dolce Vita. FT.com tells us that “Fellini created a character called Paparazzo, played by Walter Santesso, as an intrusive photographer. He was the sidekick of the film’s star, Marcello Mastroianni, a pathetic but likeable gossip journalist.”
- According to U.S. Census data, Detroit was the wealthiest per capita city in America.
- In 1960, frozen bagels were introduced into the marketplace. The New York Times explains that until the 1960s, “bagels were little known outside large Jewish communities in major cities. The frozen bagels marketed by Lender’s, a family bakery in New Haven, were crucial in the birth of bagel nation.”
- Instant sweet potatoes were also created.
- Coffee Rich, the first frozen, non-dairy coffee creamer, was invented.
- Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies first appeared on grocery store shelves. At LittleDebbie.com, they are described as "Two soft, chewy oatmeal cookies baked with whole grain oats and molasses, then layered with creme."
- The Hawaiian Pineapple Company was renamed Dole Corporation.
- Granny Smith apples first appeared in American grocery stores.
- Aluminum cans were used commercially for the first time.
- The last episode of The Howdy Doody Show was broadcast on NBC.
- On September 30, The Flintstones premiered on ABC television. IMDB.com reports that “This popular animated television cartoon featured two Stone Age families, the Flintstones and their neighbors, the Rubbles. Much of the humor was based on its comic portrayals of modern conveniences, reinterpreted using Stone Age 'technology.' Most notably were their cars, complete with absence of floorboards to allow them to be 'foot-powered.'”
- In 1960, A Taste of Honey and 57 other shows opened on Broadway.
- Chubby Checker popularized "The Twist," a dance done by swiveling the hips. You could do the twist with or without a partner.
- Peg Bracken’s I Hate to Cook Book was published.
- In 1960, brothers Tom and James Monaghan bought a pizza restaurant in Ypsilanti, Michigan for $500. The restaurant, originally called DomiNick’s, was renamed Domino’s in 1965. Over the next 10 years, Domino’s would open 200 more locations.
- Hardee’s, the fast food chain, was also founded. FoodReference.com tells us that Wilbur Hardee opened the first Hardee's restaurant in Greenville, North Carolina on September 3, 1960. It had no tables and only a few items on the menu, but the drive-thru restaurant was an immediate success. The main attraction was a 15-cent lean-beef burger that was made to order on a custom-built charcoal broiler.
- Four Seasons Hotels were also launched.
- Golf Magazine began publishing.
- In 1960, favorite Christmas gifts included Barbie, Chatty Cathy, Etch-A-Sketch, Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, Mattel's Lie Detector Game, and the Play-Doh Fun Factory.
The biggest pop artists included Bobby Darin, Bobby Rydell, Brenda Lee, Chubby Checker, Dinah Washington, The Drifters, Elvis Presley, Connie Francis, Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, Frankie Avalon, Jackie Wilson, Jimmy Jones, Johnny Preston, Pat Boone, Paul Anka, Percy Faith, Ray Charles, The Shirelles, and Dinah Washington.
- The theme from A Summer Place, by artist Percy Faith, was a number one song for nine weeks. Percy Faith received a Grammy Award for Song of the Year and another Grammy for Record of the Year.
7. Bestselling Books
This book trivia has been made available courtesy of KruegerBooks.com.
- Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
- Hawaii by James A. Michener
- The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa
- The Chapman Report by Irving Wallace
- Ourselves to Know by John O'Hara
- The Constant Image by Marcia Davenport
- The Lovely Ambition by Mary Ellen Chase
- The Listener by Taylor Caldwell
- Trustee from the Toolroom by Nevil Shute
- Sermons and Soda-Water by John O'Hara
- Folk Medicine by D.C. Jarvis
- Better Homes and Gardens First Aid for Your Family by the BH&G Editors
- The General Foods Kitchens Cookbook by the GFK Editors
- May This House Be Safe from Tigers by Alexander King
- Better Homes and Gardens Dessert Book by the BH&G Editors
- Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Ideas by the BH&G Editors
- The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer
- The Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater
- I Kid You Not by Jack Paar
- Between You, Me and the Gatepost by Pat Boone
8. Popular Movies
- The Magnificent Seven
- The Apartment
- La Dolce Vita
- The Time Machine
- Ocean's 11
- The Unforgiven
- The Alamo
- The Last Voyage
- Eyes Without a Face
- Swiss Family Robinson
- Peeping Tom
- Surprise Package
- The Little Shop of Horrors
- The Virgin Spring
- The Entertainer
- Village of the Damned
- Purple Noon
- Inherit the Wind
- G.I. Blues
- Let's Make Love
9. 1960/1961’s Most Popular Television Shows (According to Nielsen)
- Wagon Train
- Have Gun, will travel
- The Andy Griffith Show
- The Real McCoys
- Candid Camera
- The Untouchables
- The Price is Right
- The Jack Benny Show
- Dennis the Menace
- The Danny Thomas Show
- My Three Sons
- 77 Sunset Strip
- The Ed Sullivan Show
- Perry Mason
- The Flintstones
- The Red Skelton Show
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Here is a list of daytime soap operas in 1960:
- As the World Turns
- Guiding Light
- Love of Life
- Search for Tomorrow
- The Edge of Night
- The Secret Storm
10. Broadway Shows That Opened
These fun facts have been made available courtesy of BroadwayWorld.com.
A Distant Bell
A Lovely Light
A Second String
A Taste of Honey
Advise and Consent
An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May
Bye Bye Birdie
Do Re Mi
- Finian's Rainbow
- Irma La Douce
Martha Graham and her Dance Company
Period of Adjustment
Send Me No Flowers
The 49th Cousin
The Best Man
The Cool World
The Deadly Game
The Good Soup
The Long Dream
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
- The World of Carl Sandburg
- Toys in the Attic
- Under the Yum-Yum Tree
- Viva Madison Avenue!
- West Side Story
11. Cool Pop Music Artists
These history facts from the American music industry have been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.
Favorite music artists in 1960 included Bobby Darin, Bobby Rydell, Brenda Lee, Brook Benton, Chubby Checker, Dinah Washington, The Drifters, Elvis Presley, Connie Francis, Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, Frankie Avalon, Jackie Wilson, Jim Reeves, Johnny Preston, Marty Robbins, Pat Boone, Paul Anka, Percy Faith, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, The Shirelles, and Dinah Washington.
12. Number One Music Hits for the Year
These fun facts and trivia from 1960 have been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.
December 28, 1959 - January 3, 1960: Frankie Avalon - Why
January 4, 1960 - January 17, 1960: Marty Robbins - El Paso
January 18, 1960 - February 7, 1960: Johnny Preston - Running Bear
February 8, 1960 - February 21, 1960: Mark Dinning - Teen Angel
February 22, 1960 - April 24, 1960: Percy Faith - theme from A Summer Place
April 25, 1960 - May 22, 1960: Elvis Presley - Stuck on You
May 23, 1960 - June 26, 1960: The Everly Brothers - Cathy's Clown
June 27, 1960 - July 10, 1960: Connie Francis - Everybody's Somebody's Fool
July 11, 1960 - July 17, 1960: Hollywood Argyles - Alley-Oop
July 18, 1960 - August 7, 1960: Brenda Lee - I'm Sorry
August 8, 1960 - August 14, 1960: Brian Hyland - Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
August 15, 1960 - September 18, 1960: Elvis Presley - It's Now or Never
September 19, 1960 - September 25, 1960: Chubby Checker - The Twist
September 26, 1960 - October 9, 1960: Connie Francis - My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own
October 10, 1960 - October 16, 1960: Larry Verne - Mr. Custer
October 17, 1960 - October 23, 1960: The Drifters - Save the Last Dance for Me
October 24, 1960 - November 13, 1960: Brenda Lee - I Want to Be Wanted
November 14, 1960 - November 20, 1960: Ray Charles - Georgia on My Mind
November 21, 1960 - November 27, 1960: Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs - Stay
November 28, 1960 - January 8, 1961: Elvis Presley - Are You Lonesome Tonight?
13. Popular Foods
Frieda Caplan’s exotic fruits (kiwis)
Iceberg wedge salad
Japanese steak houses
Tunnel of fudge cake
13. Famous People in the News
Alfred Hitchcock - Film director
Arnold Palmer - Professional golfer
Berry Gordy - American record executive
Chubby Checker - American singer
Dwight D. Eisenhower - 34th U.S. President and five-star General
Elizabeth Taylor - American-British actress
Elvis Presley - American singer
Federico Fellini - Italian film director
Fidel Castro - Former Prime Minister of Cuba
Floyd Patterson - Professional boxer
Gordie Howe - Ice hockey legend
Grandma Moses - America folk artist
Harold Macmillan - Former British Prime Minister
Harper Lee - American novelist
John F. Kennedy - 35th U.S. President
Johnny Cash - American country singer and songwriter
Johnny Unitas - NFL quarterback
Louis and Mary Leakey - British paleoanthropologists
Mickey Mantle - Professional baseball player
Nikita Khrushchev - Former Premier of the Soviet Union
Pete Rozelle - NFL Commissioner
Queen Elizabeth II - Queen of the United Kingdom
Richard Nixon - 37th U.S. President
Spike Milligan - Comedian and author
Wilt Chamberlain - NBA legend
15. Well-Known People Who Were Born in 1960
Prince Andrew, Duke of York (son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip)
Jeffrey Dahmer (serial killer)
Hugh Grant (actor and film producer)
Jean-Claude Van Damme (martial artist and actor)
Gary Lineker (footballer)
Sean Penn (Academy award-winning actor)
Richard Ramirez (serial killer)
John F. Kennedy, Jr.
Julianne Moore (actress)
Elena Kagan (Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)
Jeremy Clarkson (broadcaster)
Tom Cook (CEO of Apple, Inc.)
Chad McQueen (actor and producer)
Reed Hastings (co-founder of NetFlix)
Sarah Brightman (soprano)
David Simon (author)
Randy Pausch (motivational speaker)
Peggy Whitson (astronaut and biochemist)
Neo Rauch (painter)
Christopher Lloyd (screenwriter and film producer)
Courtney Vance (television and stage actor)
Cal Ripken, Jr. (baseball shortstop)
Yannick Noah (tennis player and coach)
Alison Bechdel (cartoonist and comics writer)
Mark Dawson (talent agent)
16. Famous People Who Died
These celebrity history facts have been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.
- January 2 - Fausto Coppi, ran world record 45,798 km
- February 2 - Jeno Huszka, Hungarian composer
- February 12 - Bobby Clark, vaudevillian (world's funniest circus clown)
- April 5 - Alma Kruger, actor (Made For Each Other)
- April 25 - Hope Emerson, actress (I Married Joan, Peter Gunn)
- May 6 - Paul Abraham, Hungarian composer (Blume von Hawaii)
- June 1 - Paula Hitler, sister of Adolf Hitler
- July 16 - John P. Marquand, American writer (The Late George Apley)
- August 23 - Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist who worked with Richard Rodgers
- August 10 - Emil Strauss, German writer (Vaterland)
- September 24 - Melanie Klein, child psychoanalyst
- September 3 - Joseph Lamb, American ragtime composer
- December 7 - Clara Haskil, Swiss pianist
- November 16 - Clark Gable, American actor
- November 28 - Richard Wright, American author (Native Son)
17. America’s Biggest Companies
Standard Oil of New Jersey
Goodyear Tire & Rubber
Firestone Tire & Rubber
18. American Companies Founded
Four Seasons Hotels
Reser’s Fine Foods
19. How Much Did a New Car Cost in 1960?
In 1960, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, and Chrysler Corporation were the Big Three automakers. There were two independent car manufacturers, namely AMC/Rambler and Studebaker. Here is how much a new car cost in 1950 by make and model:
- A Chevrolet Impala cost $2,950.00.
- A Buick Electra cost $3,348.00.
- A Cadillac Seville cost $7,410.00.
- An Oldsmobile 88 cost $2,895.00.
- A Pontiac Bonneville cost $3,295.00.
Ford Motor Company
- A Ford Thunderbird cost $3,755.00.
- A Lincoln Continental cost $5,700.00.
- A Mercury Park Lane cost $4,000.00.
- A Chrysler DeSoto cost $3,340.00.
- A Dodge Dart cost $2,350.00.
- A Plymouth Fury cost $2,950.00.
- An AMC American cost $2,380.00.
- A Studebaker Hawk cost $2,650.00.
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