How well do you know the 1960s?



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Which film was the highest-grossing of the 1960s?

Which sport gained popularity in the mid-1960s?

Which musician was not popular in the 1960s?

Which country musician gained popularity on the West Coast in the 1960s?

Which TV series was not prominent in the 1960s?

Which writer was not active in the 1960s?

Which motorsport series was established in 1966?

Which civil rights activist fought to end socioeconomic disparity?

Which music format became the primary format for all popular music styles after 1965?


The 1960s was a decade of social, political, and cultural change marked by a counterculture movement in the United States and Western countries. The music scene saw a wide range of genres and artists, including popular music inspired by the Beatles and the folk music revival. The decade was dominated by the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, with proxy wars and insurgency funding in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. The United States had four presidents, and the Vietnam War led to a massive antiwar movement. The civil rights movement and the Chicano movement fought to end discrimination and socioeconomic disparity. The decade saw the emergence of a counterculture movement that sparked a social revolution, including the sexual revolution, questioning authority and government, and demanding more freedoms and rights for women and minorities. The decade also saw natural disasters and assassinations, targeted killings, and assassination attempts. The worldwide economy prospered in the 1960s with expansion of the middle class and the increase of new domestic technology. The world population increased from 3.0 to 3.7 billion people.The 1960s was a decade of significant social and cultural change in the United States and around the world. The second wave of feminism focused on changing cultural and social norms and de facto inequalities associated with women. The gay rights movement gained momentum in the late 1960s, demanding a right to be different and encouraging gay pride. The "New Left" applied the class perspective of Marxism to postwar America, resisting dogma and emphasizing personal as well as societal change. The 1960s saw a large increase in crime and urban unrest of all types, with reported incidence of violent crime per 100,000 people in the United States nearly doubling between 1960 and 1969. The Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union dominated the 1960s, with the U.S. landing a man on the Moon in 1969. The rock 'n' roll movement of the 1950s quickly came to an end in 1959, and popular music in the U.S. came to be dominated by girl groups, surf music, novelty pop songs, clean-cut teen idols, and Motown music. Psychedelic drugs were widely used throughout the late 1960s, and the music, artwork, and films of the decade were influenced by this. The counterculture movement dominated the second half of the 1960s, with the Summer of Love in San Francisco in 1967 and the Woodstock Festival in upstate New York in 1969. The early 1960s saw the golden age of rock subgenres such as girl groups, surf rock, car songs, and teen tragedy songs. The British Invasion in late 1963 brought a new wave of rock 'n' roll activity to the UK, with the Beatles emerging as a dominant force in popular music.Significant events and trends of the 1960s:


  • Vinyl LP became the primary format for all popular music styles after 1965.
  • Blues music shifted to the young white rock audience and away from its traditional black audience.
  • Jazz and pop standards declined in the late 1960s and lost their position as mainstream forms of music.
  • Country music gained popularity on the West Coast, led by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, and female country artists were becoming more mainstream.
  • The Sound of Music was the highest-grossing film of the decade.
  • The counterculture movement had a significant effect on cinema, breaking social taboos and causing controversy.
  • The 1960s saw experimentation in underground avant-garde film movements.
  • The most prominent TV series of the 1960s included Doctor Who, The Ed Sullivan Show, Coronation Street, and Star Trek.
  • Significant fashion trends of the 1960s included mod and hippie styles.
  • The first wave of Major League Baseball expansion occurred in 1961, and the American League expanded again in 1969.
  • The NBA was dominated by the Boston Celtics, and the UCLA Bruins were dominant in college basketball.
  • Disc sports, such as freestyle, ultimate, and disc golf, gained popularity in the mid-1960s.
  • The Can-Am and Trans-Am series were established in 1966 in motorsports, and Graham Hill won the Formula One World Championship.
  • Activists of the 1960s period included Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Cesar Chavez, Gloria Steinem, and Betty Friedan.
  • Actors and entertainers of the 1960s included Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, and The Beatles.
  • Musicians of the 1960s included Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, and Jimi Hendrix.
  • Writers of the 1960s included Truman Capote, Harper Lee, and Ken Kesey.


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