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Elvis Leaves Army

Eddie Cochran Dies

Singer Johnny Horton Dies

Clark Gable Dies

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First Kennedy-Nixon Debate - September 1960

Second Kennedy-Nixon Debate - October 1960

Third Kennedy-Nixon Debate - October 1960

Fourth Kennedy-Nixon Debate - October 1960

John F. Kennedy Wins A Close Election

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Wireless Microphones Are Here!

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"Why" - Frankie Avalon

January Dies - actress Margaret Sullivan (48) stage and screen star. Cause of death – an accidental overdose of sleeping  tab hunter facts history january 1960 timeline tv history mrpopculturepills. She was appearing with actor Kent Smith in the play "Sweet Love Remember' d" in New Haven… Actor Tab Hunter (28) (real name Arthur Gelien) - says he's coming out of his teen-typecast, particularly in television "because TV producers were the only ones seemingly willing to try me in something different"… Marry - Singer Julie London and jazz pianist Bobby Troup . The pair had been romantically linked for more than two years. She was once married to Jack Webb. Troup penned the song "Route 66"… Writer/producer Rod Serling accuses program sponsors of "ludicrous and timorous" interference with his plays - even to the point of censoring certain words. Serling said he once had to delete the phrase "have you got a match" because his sponsor made cigarette lighters. He said that he obviously could not have a character saying "I hate cigarettes" in a play sponsored by a tobacco company…  “Winky Dink & You,” the former CBS-TV Saturday cartoon show, is going into syndication. 260 five/six minute shorts are available. In its four-year run on CBS-TV, the cartoon was responsible for moving a lot of merchandise, including those famous Winky Dink drawing kits. In each cartoon, Winky freezes a scene, so kids can draw or trace the scene on the television, using the merchandised kit. New kits will be available in stores… Animation coming to prime-time TV - ABC-TV and Warner bugs bunny coming to abctv primetime tv history 1960 timeline mrpopcultureBrothers make a deal for a new half-hour “Bugs Bunny” show which ABC will slot in prime time - 7:30pm against NBC’s “Wagon Train.” Series will comprise of 26 half- hours, each consisting of post 1948 theatrical cartoons never shown on television and new animation comprising introductions and additional story-type material. Bugs will host the show as well…

"Teen Angel" - Mark Dining

More January 1960 - Found dead - Actress Diana Barrymore (38), daughter of the late John Barrymore is found dead in her apartment. Her drinking cost her a career in acting… Music news It appears that Warner Brothers Records has landed the Everly Brothers . The duo's Cadence recording contract is up in February… RCA-Victor was also talking to the hit-making artists... Atco Records says it is going to give Bobby Darin's new album - "This is Darin" a huge promotional push. It looks like  Clementine" will be Bobby's next hit. He just came off of two giant hits (Mack the Knife, Beyond the Sea) - and a top- selling album - "That's All"…

"Handy Man" - Jimmy Jones

February - Music news - Nat King Cole is turned-down to play at the 3,200 seat Masonic auditorium in Nob Hill, San Francisco. Lloyd Wilson, grand secretary of the California Grand Lodge said, “We’ve had half a dozen Negro performers here and we’re very happy to have them. But other people in the general field of renting advised, “don’t have Nat King Cole.” We’re not confronted with the problem, but, if we were, I wouldn’t have Elvis Presley here either. “We have a $6 million investment in this building. It’s new and has the finest of carpeting and seats. We don’t want people who jump on seats.” Wilson said that the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Dakota Staton and Dinah Washington each played the building separately in the past few weeks…

"O Dio Mio" - Annette (Dick Clark's Saturday Night Show)

More February 1960 - Television perry mason facts tv history 1960 february timeline raymond burr mrpopculturenews - Besides "Perry Mason," look for at least two new lawyer shows next television season - "The Defenders" a series about a father-and-son lawyer team. E.G. Marshall stars in the pilot ... "Harrigan and Son" on ABC stars Pat O'Brien… In May, "Howdy Doody" with Buffalo Bob Smith, will begin to recommend books for youngsters each Saturday. The National Television Children’s Book Committee will make the selections. First of the shows on May 19, will be devoted to books and reading… Alfred Hitchcock is switching from CBS to NBC. The reason, neither CBS nor sponsor Bristol-Myers would sign a two-year commitment to hold the present Sunday evening slot Brigitte Bardot is expected to make her American television debut in a one-hour special for a cosmetic firm. The deal for the French actress to do a taped show from her home in France is completed. The special will show Brigitte with her true home-life - with her husband and baby…

"Beyond The Sea" - Bobby Darin

elvis presley discharged army march 1960 music timeline history mrpopcultureMarch - Elvis Presley (24) gets his discharge from the Army. He left the Fort Dix, NJ Army post with manager Col. Tom Parker in a limo. The Col. has lined-up his first (return) television engagement; he’ll be appearing May 12 on the Frank Sinatra show on ABC. On hand to greet him were more than 100 representatives of all types of news media. Among them were actress Tina Louise and Nancy Sinatra. Col.Tom Parker passed out tidbits like the fact that his client earned $1.6 million in record royalties during his two years in the service…. Elvis (continued). Col. Parker said Presley would earn more than $850,000 from movies and television appearances this year. He’ll get $125,000 for appearing on Sinatra’s May 12 TV show and $725,000 for three films he is scheduled to make. Also, said the Colonel, Elvis will be able to appear at only a few of the “more than 300” requests for personal appearances from all over the world for the next three years… At the press conference that followed, actress Tina Louise, speaking for Mutual radio, asked Elvis if he was still going to use suggestive movements. Elvis mumbled a reply which implied there would be a little change in his act. He contended that his movements were "natural.” Elvis told another reporter that there wouldn’t be a switch to “a more adult type of singing.” His sideburns won’t return, but he’ll wear his hair slightly longer…Senator Estes Kefauver issues a nice tribute to Elvis upon his leaving the service - in a Congressional Record statement: “To his great credit, this young American became just another GI Joe. At no time did he complain or ask for special consideration. Some of my generation may ridicule the antics of rock ‘n’ rollers, but none will find fault with Sgt. Presley or millions of other young Americans who have served and will continue to serve their country… with courage and patriotic zeal”… More Elvis Presley - 20 th -Century Fox is re-releasing Presley’s first movie - “ Love Me Tender ,” within the next month to cash in on the singer’s return to civilian life… Elvis Presley is readying a big splash back to the music scene. Newspapers and  magazines everywhere are readying his forthcoming return to civilian status. A  new book titled “Operation Elvis” about the experiences of Army public relations  while Elvis was in the service is now out ... Another book - “The Real Elvis” has  also hit the streets. Some published articles wonder if Elvis can make a  comeback. But anyone knows, Elvis has never left the charts… (More Elvis News 1960 Here)

Elvis Gets Interviewed After Army Discharge 1960 Video

william talman hamilton burger fired perry mason wild party tv history timeline mrpopculture 1960More March - William Talman - who plays district attorney Hamilton Burger on the popular television series “Perry Mason” is among eight persons jailed as sheriff’s deputies raid a wild marijuana party in a Hollywood apartment. Talman was booked for possession of marijuana and vagrant, lewd conduct. “What can I say? This is going to ruin me.” Gail Patrick Johnson, the executive producer of “Perry Mason: “I don’t think it will help his career any if the report is true. I don’t know anything about this. Naturally, I’ll be very interested in learning more - especially in learning that Mr. Talman is innocent.” Talman and the other seven were freed on writs of habeas corpus with bail being set at $1,050 each… Actor William Talman, best known as “Hamilton Burger” on the popular CBS-TV series Perry  Mason is fired from that role this week”… Keith Thibodeaux , The actor who played “Little Ricky” on “I Love Lucy” has formed his own band and features drummer Desi Arnaz Jr. They’ll be featured on Dinah Shore’s April 3rd show… Hayley Mills is tapped by Walt Disney in a movie where she’ll play two roles - twins. In the movie, her parents’ divorce and each  takes a child. The children meet accidentally years later and get to know each other. The name of the film is “His and Hers” but that capucine 1960 movie facts history timeline mrpopculture imagecould change (It did, to “The Parent Trap”)… Capucine is another in a line beautiful French actresses known these days. There’s also Brigitte Bardot, Martine Carol, Mylene Demongeot and Annette Vadim. Capucine dropped her name - Germaine Lefabvre and adopted Capucine of which she says - “Two names are ordinary and I hope one is interesting.” Before coming to America, Capucine was a fashion model in Paris, working for Dior and Givenchy… Phil Silvers says he is no longer angry that CBS dropped Bilko. Says Silvers - “Bilko is doing better than ever in reruns across the Midwest. CBS is sorry, but I’m not. Not now. I was sore as the devil at first when they canceled the series. Then I started getting used to not doing them every week. You know the way we made them - you would up shooting one and they handed you the script for the next. Not I can relax a little, do an occasional show”… Jack Paar returns to the Tonight Show on NBC. Hugh downs introduced Paar at the outset, taking over a minute of applause before beginning - “As I was saying before I was interrupted. I believe my last words were that there must be a better way of making a living than this. Well, I’ve looked and there isn’t.” Paar said his walkout had been a “childish and emotional moment” and had been guilty of such moments in the past and “I may be again.” I’m not able to hide what I feel.” He said the show was one of the ‘last of the freewheeling type shows,” and promised that it would continue.... TV Guide awards - “Perry Mason” gets favored one-hour or longer series and Raymond Burr is voted the nation’s most popular male personality. Loretta Young wins as the most popular female performer for her Sunday night series... “Father Knows Best” is favorite half-hour show. Robert Young was master of ceremonies of the program, which also featured Nanette Fabray, Fred MacMurray and Frank Buxton… It’s announced that ABC-TV will pay between $6 million and $9 million for the reruns of “Father Knows Best.” The show is set to leave CBS-TV prime time after this season… Actor Fred MacMurray is getting into television as “My Three Sons” - a pilot, is shot this week with William Frawley. Don Fedderson Productions announces that MacMurray will work only thirteen weeks to complete his role in a series of thirty-nine half-hour films, enough for a full season. His sequences will be filmed first with others shot around them… Here's a rare video from Dick Clark's Saturday night Beechnut Gum Show. Johnny Horton sings his big hit:

"Sink The Bizmark" - Johnny Horton

April - Some winners of the 32nd annual Academy Awards held this week:

Best Picture - “Ben-Hur”

Best Actor - Charlton Heston in “Ben-Hur”    

Best Actress - Simone Signoret in “Room At The Top”

Best Supporting Actor - Hugh Griffith - “Ben-Hur."

Best Supporting Actress - Shelley Winters - “The Diary of Anne Frank”

Best Director - William Wyler - “Ben Hur”

Best Song First Used In An Eligible Picture - “High

Hopes” from “A Hole In The Head

flintstones fred abctv cartoon prime time 1960 tv history timeline mrpopcultureMore April - ABC-TV has committed to an animated show they’ll run in prime time - the first time ever for a network. The newcomer and star is a character named Fred Flintstone. He’s the head of a Stone Age family living in a cave. Family members and surrounding friends will speak contemporary language in a prehistoric setting. Stories and settings will parody conventional situation comedies. It will be televised Friday evenings at 8:30. The series is produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions in association with Screen Gems. Name of the new series - “The Flintstones”… CBS radio finally calls it quits to remaining regular series broadcast daily on the network. After November 28, say goodbye to Ma Perkins, Young Dr Malone, Gunsmoke, Have Gun, Will Travel and Amos n’ Andy. CBS says it is also dropping its daily radio soap operas - The Couple Next Door, Right to Happiness, Whispering Streets, The Second Mrs. Burton and Best Seller. CBS says that local stations wanted the shows cancelled so that they may put on high revenue local shows - like disc jockeys. CBS radio like NBC, says it will put more emphasis on news features… A doctor orders Marilyn Monroe to hospital rest from the rigors of making the movie “The Misfits” after six consecutive days in the hot desert near Reno. She’s diagnosed with acute exhaustion and she won’t be allowed to return to the film location. Director John Huston temporarily suspends shooting on the film. Also on site - actors Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach and Thelma Ritter…

 

Broadway news - Tony awards:

Newcomer Anne Bancroft gets a Tony for her dramatic role in “The Miracle Worker.”

Melvyn Douglas gets an award for best dramatic  role in “The Best Man”€

Outstanding on the musical stage - Mary Martin – “The Sound of Music” and Jackie Gleason in “Take Me Along”€

Also winning drama awards - Roddy MacDowall in “The Fighting Cock”€ and Anne Revere in “Toys in the Attic”

"Cathy's Clown" - The Everly Brothers From Dick Clark's Saturday Night Beechnut Show

lucy desi divorce tv history may 1960 timeline mrpopculture imageMay – Lucille Ball divorces her Cuban husband, Desi Arnaz. It was her second divorce from Arnaz – the first in 1955. She says the last three years of their marriage, “were a nightmare… it was a Jekyll and Hyde thing. Desi would fly into irrational rages over little things which failed to please him. These frequent ourtbursts of temper in front of the children made mre realize that for the sake fo the children, it was better for us to be apart”...

Rock n Roller Eddie Cochran Dies -  Just after a concert in Bristol, England, Rock and Roll singer Eddie Cochran (21) is killed in a taxi crash. Fellow singer Gene Vincent (25) was injured in the accident. The two were headed to London Airport for a trip back to their homes in the USA, when a tire blew eddie cochran killed music history rock timeline may 1960 mrpopculture imageout. The pair just finished a 13-week concert tour of Britain. The cab swerved from side to side before it smashed backward into a lamppost. Thrown out of the car with them - Pat Tomkins - manager of their British tour and Sharon Sheeley (20), a songwriter from Los Angeles. Sheeley and Cochran were schoolmates together and she came on the 13-week tour to write songs. The driver of the taxi was not injured…

Eddie Cochran Singing "C'mon Everybody" From 1958

More May - Edward Moran, a Hollywood nightclub attendant, says that Frank Sinatra and a companion pushed and punched him, after the singer tried to square-off with John Wayne! Witnesses say Sinatra almost came to blows with John Wayne at a benefit show at the Moulin Rouge. Witnesses said he argued bitterly with Wayne inside the club over Wayne’s public criticism of him for hiring writer Albert Maltz to do the screenplay for “The Execution of Private Slovik.” Maltz, who was fired by Sinatra over public criticism, was jailed in 1951 for refusing to tell a congressional investigating committee whether he had ever belonged to Communist organizations. As Sinatra was leaving the nightclub, another parking lot attendant stopped a car two feet from the singer, almost hitting him. Sinatra walked over to the car, and reached him as if to grab his neck. Moran walked up  and said - “Aw Frank, he wasn’t trying to hit you with the car. He’s only trying to make a living. Leave him alone.” Sinatra pushed him. His companion, a bodyguard, then began backhanding Moran… Michael Ansara - star of ABC-TV’s “Broken Arrow” is making the touring rounds this summer. You can see him in person at the Western show this August in Allentown for three days - August 18 thru 20. Michael plays Apache “Cochise” on the series… Catching on in the ratings is “Hawaiian Eye” on ABC-TV Wednesday nights. Produced by Warner Brothers, Anthony Eisley and Robert Conrad star as a private investigating team of Steele and Lopaka. Blond Connie Stevens is featured as the bubbling girl photographer, 

chuck connors facts history tv timeline 1960 mrpopculture imageCricket. A female “Kookie” character is played by Ponce Ponce, who portrays Kim, a cab driver… Chuck Connors , star of ABC’s - “The Rifleman” on Tuesdays, used to play professional baseball. “I would have chosen baseball as a career if I had had a choice between acting and baseball at 20. Naturally, now, at 38, I’m glad I’m an actor... Baseball is much less boring than acting because there are no retakes. The thrill is immediate. It’s more of a challenge physically and mentally. I mean mentally too.” Connors used to play for the Dodgers and Cubs…

"Paper Roses" - Anita Bryant (Dick Clark's Saturday Night ABC-TV Show)

June - Plan to wed - Sammy Davis Jr. and blond May Britt. The couple says they plan to have a large family. Says Davis - “I don’t care if the children are polka dot.” Davis says he doesn’t expect anyone to like the idea but “I just want to be left in peace” and with being a Negro and Jewish, he has all the handicaps he can handle… Hollywood news - Ronald Reagan resigns as president of the Screen Actors Guild because he wants to produce films. “... Up until now, I have been a salaried employee with no interest in profits. Now I plan to change that status by becoming a producer with an interest in profits”… With ABC-TV’s successful “77 Sunset Strip ” and “Hawaiian Eye ” – both produced by Warner Brothers, the two- man detective formula gets another treatment in a new series called “Surfside 6 ” - about a three man detective team working out of Miami Beach. The series stars Troy Donahue , Van Williams, Lee Patterson and Diane McBain. Look for it Monday nights beginning October 3… After six years, it’s the end of the line for “Father Knows Best.” It’s not the ratings. Star Robert Young says it’s just time to move on. “At the end of our fifth year, we were ready to quit, but decided to go on for one more. We toyed with the idea of going on again but I didn’t think it was possible for even our same writers to keep up the enthusiasm, vitality and humanity in the stories after six years. Also, I was tired, very tired and wanted six months of rest, golf, travel or whatever before resuming work”… Comedy - He’s edgy and some say, he’s public offender #1 - Mort (Are there any groups I haven’t offended?) Sahl. He’s pioneered the new school of satirical comics. He insists his off-the-cuff; think-on- your-feet style should not be a guidebook for other humorists. “Prepared material is fine, if that’s your best technique for wooing audiences”…

Emmy Awards held this week:

Outstanding actor in a series - Robert Stack - “The Untouchables”

Outstanding actress in a series – Jane Wyatt - “Father Knows Best.”

Outstanding single performance by an actor - Laurence Olivier - “The Moon and Sixpence.”

Outstanding single performance by an actress - “Ingrid Bergman - “The Turn of the Screw” on Ford Startime.

Outstanding performance in a variety or musical program or series - Harry Belefonte, “Tonight With Belafonte.”

Outstanding program in children’s programming - Huckleberry Hound

Outstanding writer-drama - Rod Serling - “Twilight Zone.”

Outstanding writer-comedy - Sam Perrin, George Balzer, Al Gordon, Hal Goodman - “Jack Benny Show.”

Outstanding news program - Huntley- Brinkley Report

Annette Funicello Does "The Madison" on Coke Time!

More JuneDid you catch “Coke Time” on ABC- TV? It was one of the few TV specials geared for teens. Paul Anka, Bobby Rydell, Pat Boone, Bobby Darin and Anita Bryant were featured as well as Edd “Kookie” Byrnes from “77 Sunset Strip” and Bob Denver from “Dobie Gillis.” Paul Anka paired with Annette Funicello to do “The Madison.” Bobby sang “Gypsy” and “All I Need Is The Girl.” Ratings say it beat everything else…

"Alley Oop" - Hollywood Argyles

james coburn hollywood tv facts history july 1960 timeline mrpopcultureJuly - James Coburn has been showing-up in a lot of television westerns - killing or being killed. “I figure I’ve done more than 50 TV shows during the past year. And I’ve just completed a good role of a stoical villain- hero in ‘The Magnificent Seven,’ a big screen feature starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach and Steve McQueen. I’ve only appeared in two other theater movies - ‘Ride Lonesome’ and “Face of a Fugitive’ - and I’m anxious to get my feet good and wet in this medium However, TV experience, I believe, is a mighty good training ground. I’ve also spent quite a bit of time on stage – in summer stock mostly”…At the new Freedomland amusement park in the Bronx, July 16 is proclaimed “Johnny Horrton Day” as the windup of an essay contest conducted by Columbia Records and the Park. Winners of the contest, based on a 50-word essay explaining “What Freedom Means To Me,” were flown to New York to participate. Horton sings “Johnny Freedom” on the new Columbia-Freedomland album… Jerry Lewis is in the New York area to promote his new movie “The Bellboy” and Jerry didn’t take anything for granted. In two days, he did 21 appearances in the New York area! The tour involved appearances in theaters in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Westchester. The whole thing, along with Jerry stopping busboys and talking to toll-takers on the highways, was recorded on film. At the theater, Lewis did 15 to 20 minutes of impromptu comedy, before movie showings. He was even seen in lobbies, joking with patrons  The Tonight Show with Jack Paar will be broadcast in color - four nights a week beginning in September. The Friday night show has always been a rerun and NBC says it will take time for a color backlog… “Television’s only full hour COLOR western - Bonanza. Produced by David Dortort. Saturday nights on NBC-TV”… Mike Wallace’s interview show will resume again in September over flagship WNTA-TV (Channel 13) in New York. The show is syndicated. Also, Wallace will continue reading news on the station. WNTA is owned by program distributors National Telefilm Associates…

"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" - Brian Hyland

August - Time Magazine reports that Clark Gable will be paid $750 thousand for the “Misfits.” His contract says he works from 9 to  rat pack frank dino another film movie facts august 1960 timeline image mrpopculture5pm and if it goes over, he’s paid an additional $48 thousand a week… The Rat Pack say they’re going to make another film together. Frank Dean, Peter and Sammy will remake “Gunga Din” with Sammy in the title role that Sam Jaffe played. Oceans 11 has its world premiere in, where else, Las Vegas. Frank, Dean, Peter and Sammy threw a big party, complete with clowning. It was a block party in front of the Fremont Hotel… Frank Sinatra doesn’t dig the term “Clan” as used by columnists in describing the association of himself, Dean Martin,  Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr., and Joey Bishop. Says Frank - “As far as I know, the various guilds that are part of my professional life are the only organized groups to which I belong. ‘The Clan’ is a figment of someone’s imagination. Naturally, people in Hollywood socialize with friends as they do in any community, but we do not gather together in childish fraternities, as some people would like to think. Life magazine coined the phrase, ‘The Clan,’ in an article and it stuck with everyone except the people who are supposed to belong to it. There is no such entity as ‘the Clan’ and there never has been. I am fortunate to have many friends and elvis presley facts history august 1960 flaming star timeline mrpopculture music imagemany circles of friends, but there are no  membership cards”…. Elvis Presley is currently making a western movie called “Black Star” but the story was without music when it was purchased from author Clair  Huffaker. He was called upon to re-write the screenplay to make room for some singing. “I hated the thought of it. My first reaction was ‘where’s a gun? I’ll shoot myself.’ Any novelist would think that way.” He finally came around - “I took two weeks rewriting the script and only 10 days on the book. I hate to say it, but in rewriting the script, I think it makes a better story than my original”… The world premiere of Marilyn Monroe’s latest movie - “Let’s Make Love” is cancelled in Reno, while forest fires in the High Sierra burn through power lines, plunging most of the city into darkness. Marilyn is in the area, filming her next movie “The Misfits” with Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift… Passing - Oscar Hammerstein II (65) of stomach cancer. He’s known the world for his hit tunes and hit shows over the past 40 years. It was 1942 when he began collaborating with Richard Rodgers on “Oklahoma,” forming the partnership that created some of America’s greatest musicals for a period of 18 years including “The Sound of Music,” “The King and I,” “Carousel” and “South Pacific”… Comedian/actor Jerry Lewis and NBC terminate their five-year contract, which has a year to go. Jerry wants to concentrate on movies and independent television projects. The agreement dick clark abc cancels friday show august 1960 tv music history timeline mrpopculturecalled for six shows a year… ABC-TV cancels Dick Clark’s Friday night show – a very popular show among teenagers and profitable for the network. ABC says it wants to put a one-hour program in that time slot - “The Roaring 20’s.” Clark’s “American Bandstand” will continue weekday afternoons. There may be another reason for the cancellation, but no one is saying anything. ABC is the third (and last in the ratings) network... Here's a video from the final Dick Clark Beech-Nut Saturday Night Show - The Ventures - "Walk Don't Run." Last show is August 27. 

September - Married - Nancy Sinatra (20) to Tommy Sands (23)… In London, the director of public prosecution is called upon to ban all records of the American hit “Tell Laura I Love Her” by Ray Peterson . The song is being denounced in Britain as likely to inspire a teen-age “glorious death cult.” The song tells of a lovesick youngster who drives in a stock car race to win the hand of his sweetheart. He crashes and just before dying, groans out the words of the title… More music - Appearing at the Bon Soir in Greenwich Village - teenager Barbara Streisand, who makes her first club appearance. Said one observer - “She has a warm and sharp set of pipes in the musicomedy style and brings off a book of standards with better than average projection. But she’s missing a good bet with material that isn’t up to her obvious comedic talents. After a shaky start, she warms the audience to a beg-off close and the response is primarily to seemingly unconscious mannerisms and gestures that are touchingly funny. On sight, Miss Streisand is a looker, but with a whimsical air which is heightened by a black-sack gown and piled-high hairdo. More sophisticated items in the catalog would contrast nicely with the sweet ballad shari lewis replaces hoody doody nbctv history tv timeline 1960 mrpopculture photostyle. Network kids television - NBC is canceling “Howdy Doody” after thirteen years. “The Shari Lewis Show” will replace it. “King Leonardo and his Short Subjects” will replace "Ruff and Ready” on Saturday mornings…. Maverick gets a new co-star this week as British actor Roger Moore joins the cast. He plays Maverick’s cousin Beau. Moore used to appear on “The Alaskans.” Jack Kelly stars as Bart Maverick. (Jim Garner is gone from the series)… Newsman Jerry Dunphy of WBBM-TV is leaving Chicago and heading West – to Los Angeles and KNXT-TV. He signed for $25,000 a year. (Dunphy and Los Angeles TV news would become synonymous. He would have an amazing career, which would span into the 90’s)… Actress Brigitte Bardot is out of danger after an attempt to end her life on her 26th birthday. She was found in a coma after taking an overdose of sleeping pills and with slashed wrists at the home of friends. The star apparently had a riff with her husband, actor Jacques Charrier. Friends say Brigitte had switched rapidly from gaiety to depression in the past several days…

"Save The Last Dance For Me" - Drifters

leave it to beaver birthday party tv history october 1960 timeline mathers dow mrpopcultureOctober - In Hollywood - Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow of “Leave It To Beaver” toss a party for their 12th and 15th birthdays, and the third anniversary of the show. Hugh Beaumont and Barbara Billingsley were at hand. Attending were friends of the boys, including Jerry’s 5-year-old brother, Jimmy and Suzie - his 8-year-old sister… Hollywood news - John Barrymore Jr.., the girl he plans to marry and her two brothers are ordered to trial in Rome on Dec. 12, on charges they have been pestering the young actor’s former fiancée about her engagement ring. The charges were brought about by Mrs Medea Maser, mother of Italian actress Georgia Moll, to whom Barrymore gave a diamond engagement ring earlier. Barrymore wants the ring back because he now wants to marry Italian actress (Gaby) Gabriella Palazzoli… Dean Martin says his drinking act in night clubs is a put-on ... “I don’t drink that much. The ‘drinking’ bit is part of my line and I’ll never take it out of the routine. People expect it. But if I drank as much as people think I do, I’d have been dead 14 years ago and I’d never get jobs. Besides, with seven kids, I’d be crazy to drink”… Miss U.S.A. Annette Driggers of Long Island is ruled ineligible because she’s too young. It turns out she’s only 15. Contest rules say you must be at least 18…

Johnny Horton - "North To Alaska" 1960 Pop Music Hit

johnny horton killed auto accident november music 1960 timeline mrpopcultureNovember -  Music news - Country & Western singer Johnny Horton (35) dies in an automobile accident near the small town of Milano, Texas. Three persons, two of them passengers in the car Horton was driving, were injured in the head-on crash. The singer was returning home from an Austin singing engagement. According to a highway patrolman, two cars were going toward each other on a railroad overpass. One of them, driven by a college student, was on the wrong side of the road. With Horton, was his personal manager, Tillman Franks and Gerald Tomlinson, a musician. All were from Shreveport. The driver of the second car, James E. Davis (19), a student at Texas A&M College, escaped serious injury. His widow, Billy Joe, was also married to the late Hank Williams

Earlier This Year, Horton Appeared At the New "Freedomland" and cut this record - "Johnny Freedom" (Click Here). Horton had one of 1959's biggest hits, "The Battle Of New Orleans" and  this year, scored with, "Sink The Bizmark" (Click Here) and his current hit is "North To Alaska" - above.

Passing - Ward Bond (57), star of Wagon Train, dies of a heart attack at a motel in Dallas. Bond was in Texas with his wife, Mary, once his secretary, for a personal appearance at a professional football game between the Rams and Dallas. The actor collapsed in the bathroom of his motel suite and fell against the door - and could not be opened. By the time rescue crews could get to him, he was dead…

Goodbye Ward Bond (From 1958)

Clark Gable is rushed to a Hollywood hospital after he suffered a heart attack. Officials say he is "“resting satisfactorily” although he is receiving oxygen…

Betty Furness closes her last Westinghouse refrigerator - After 11 1/2 years, Betty Furness is leaving her job as commercial spokesman for Westinghouse. She has been one of the most recognized faces on television since the beginning. “I want to be an important woman in television. However, I don’t want to be an actress. I’d like to do something like Dave Garroway does. There is room for women in that field.” (Garroway hosts the “Today” show). “You Can Be Sure If It’s Westinghouse”…

Here's Betty Furness In 1956

clar gable dies 1960 mrpopculture image timelineDiesClark Gable (59) - suddenly - of a heart attack. Gable had been hospitalized since he was stricken with a heart attack on November 6. Doctors thought he was doing fine and on the way to recovery. He was reported resting comfortably earlier. A private nurse said “he was sitting up, then he put his head back on the pillow and that was that”… He had just completed "The Misfits" with Marilyn Monroe and was going to take some time off for his new son and new wife...  Sammy Davis Jr. and Swedish actress May Britt are married by a Rabbi in the living room of Davis’ Hollywood Hills home. Frank Sinatra was best man…

Goodbye Clark Gable

More November 1960 - Author Norman Mailer (37) is arrested on a charge of stabbing his wife, Adele. Doctors in New York City say that she was stabbed twice - in the abdomen and in the back and is in critical condition… Fabian, signs a new contract with 20th Century-Fox having just completed “North to Alaska.” His next films are “A Summer World” and “Beach Pad”…

"Are You Lonesome Tonight" - Elvis Presley

December - The 20-year marriage of Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh ends in divorce this week in London. The actress won on the grounds of his adultery with actress Joan Plowright, who is 19 years younger than Miss Lee… Walt Disney is jumping networks to NBC beginning next TV season. The announcement says that Walt Disney will produce and host of a weekly one-hour program in color. The split of Walt Disney Co and ABC evolved after the network said that it wouldn’t allow Disney to air “Zorro” or “The Mickey Mouse Club” on other networks after ABC dropped them. “Walt Disney Presents” - currently on ABC - is telecast in black and white. Says Disney; this “opens a new and exciting world of color which we  pioneered in the motion picture field, This is a breakthrough that I have anticipated for years because I feel that color adds an all-important dimension. Planning our entrance into this broadened field of television, we have crews traveling for months photographing shows around the globe. We hope to weave a magic carpet of color; it includes people, places, nature, music, dancing, cartoons - the human and fantastic drama of the universe…. Mary Martin’s “Peter Pan ” is broadcast this week on NBC-TV (in color). The two-hour special features a night of color on the network. It’s followed by Tennessee Ernie Ford’s show and Groucho Marx’s program and will be broadcast in color for the first time….  After the broadcast this week, NBC says some 73 million tuned-in to “Peter Pan” - the largest audience ever to watch a TV special to date…

More December 1960 - William Talman is reinstated in the role of “Hamilton Burger” on CBS-TV’s Perry Mason. The network reported that Talman had been dropped from the series in March, after the actor had been arrested in a police raid on a Hollywood party. …  This Sunday night, it’s the annual CBS-TV airing of The Wizard of Oz . Richard Boone and his son Peter host this enchanting film classic starring Judy Garland…  Looks like Elvis Presley’s hitAre You Lonesone Tonight” has a flurry of answer records. “Yes, I’m Lonely Tonight” has been cut by Dodie Stevens on Dot Records, Thelma Carpenter on Coral Records, Linda Lee on Shasta and Ricky Paige on Rendezvous… Another one is “Oh, How I Miss You Tonight” by Jeanne Black on Capitol Records… Appearing at ann margret george burns las vegas sahara history timeline 1960 mrpopculture imagethe Sahara in Las Vegas, George Burns and 19-year-old Ann-Margret . Burns says the Northwestern U. coed came into his office, sang a couple of numbers without accompaniment and he was so impressed, he signed her on the spot to a personal contract. Besides talent, she’s terrific to look at and according to one observer - “She has animation in both face and body, blends a winning personality into her signing. More important, she has a definite style of her own, which can easily guide her to star status”… Doris Day is named the top motion picture box office attraction of the year. In a poll conducted by Motion Picture Herald, trade magazine of exhibitors, the actress won by a wide margin for three blockbuster films - “Pillow Talk,” “Midnight Lace” and “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies”… A top album is comedy - "The Button Down Mind" - Bob Newhart. Here's what it sounds like:

Bob Newhart - Excerpt Button Down Mind - Driving Instructors

The Year 1960 In News Headlines And Information 

January 1Vice President Richard M. Nixon leads the way as Grand Marshall of the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena… A 707 jet airliner carrying Nixon back to Washington sets a new commercial coast-Sen john f kennedy announces his presidential candidacy january 1960 timeline mrpopcultureto- coast record, flying from Los Angeles to Washington-Baltimore Friendship Airport in 3 hours and 39 minutes… Sen. John F. Kennedy (D-Mass) announces his 1960 Presidential candidacy. Kennedy said the current budget for national defense is "too low by a substantial percentage" and said he would not hesitate to call for higher taxes, deficit spending, reshuffling of available appropriations or a combination of these methods to close the "missile gap" which he charged the Eisenhower…

January 8President Eisenhower tells Congress he forecasts a $200 million federal surplus this June 30, in spite of the long steel strike and reveals he will submit a balanced $79.8 billion budget for fiscal 1961 with a surplus of $4.2 billion to reduce the national debut… The U.S. Navy’s bathyscaph Trieste dives more than 4 ½ miles into the Pacific Ocean for a new world’s record. Two men, a Navy submarine officer and a Swiss scientist, rode in the craft when it sank to 24,000 ft. off Guam yesterday… Financier Joseph P. Kennedy is credited with helping end the long steel labor controversy by drumming up opinion on Wall Street… It's official - Vice President Richard Nixon is in the running for the Republican nomination for President, as he agrees to run in three state primaries this week. He'll run in the Oregon, Ohio and New Hampshire primaries… The city of Philadelphia finally concedes it is #4 in population - recently outpaced by Los Angeles. Philly - with its 127 square miles falls to #4 from #3 with 2,207,200 persons. Los Angeles, with its 451 square miles, now has 2,397,500 persons… Passing - author Nevil Shute (60) - eisenhower man of decade january 1960 poll trivia facts history timeline mrpopculturebest known for "On The Beach." He had suffered a series of heart attacks… In a recent Word Gallup Poll – President Eisenhower is chosen as man of the decade. Follow-ups in order - Premier Khrushchev, Sir Winston Churchill, Premier de Gaulle, Dr Albert Schweitzer… Soviet Premier Khrushchev declares that the Soviet Union is so strong it can cut the number of men in its armed forces and rely on rockets and intercontinental ballistic missiles - the best possessed by any nation. Says the Premier - "more awesome power is to come”..

January 15 – Vice President Richard Nixon declares it inconceivable that Russia could have a new weapon devastating enough to give the Soviet Union the confidence to make a surprise attack on the United States… President Eisenhower and Japanese Premier Kishi sign a U.S.-Japan mutual security treaty. In it, the two nations promise to co-operate economically and to settle any disputes between them by peaceful means..

January 22 - President Eisenhower urgently reviews the anti-American campaign in Cuba during a conference. He says he is perplexed by the anti-American campaign of Cuban Prime Minister Castro, but says he rejects using force or economic reprisals to censure Castro. .. Thousands of French extremists battle police in Algiers with submachine guns and tear gas, seizing several city blocks in a right wing uprising against President de Gaulle. Over 20 persons are killed. In Paris, de Gaulle called for restored order. He indicated that he would not budge from his intention to give Algeria the right of self-determination…

mikoyan in cuba february 1960 facts history timeline mrpopcultureFebruary 1 – Arriving in Cuba, Soviet Deputy Premier Anastas Mikoyan is greeted by outbursts which touch-off a near panic in the middle of Havana… Later on in a speech, Premier Mikoyan praises Fidel Castro's revolutionary government before cheering Cuban trade unionists - and served a warning to the United States: "Those who threaten us with war should remember that if we can send a rocket with such precision to the moon, we can send it with equal precision to any part of the world”… North Carolina college students Ezell Blair Jr., Joseph McNeil, David Richmond and Franklin McCain stage a sit-in of a whites-only lunch counter at the Woolworth’s in Greensboro… In Hartford City, Indiana, a high school principal shoots and kills two of his teachers before scores of children and later commits suicide with the same shotgun. Witnesses said that Leonard Redden had undergone a Jekyll and Hyde change before the spree…

February 8The Defense Department says an unidentified object is orbiting the earth and “may be of Soviet origin.” The mystery object is emitting radio signals and orbiting over the poles a desirable position for any type of “seeing eye” satellite. .. Premier Castro of Cuba announces that relations between Cuba and Communist Russia, non-existent since 1952, will be re-established “very castro cuba aligning with russia february 1960 history facts trivia timeline mrpopculturesoon.” The statement was made  in Havana in the presence of Anastas Mikoyan, first deputy premier of the Soviet Union. Sooner than thought - Cuba aligning itself with Russia - the next day, Soviet Deputy Premier Mikoyan signs a trade pact with Prime Minister Castro, making the Soviet Union Cuba’s second largest customer behind the United states. Under the pact, the Soviet Union will buy a fifth of Cuba’s annual sugar crop, as the first step toward closer Soviet- Cuban relations. Russia will also extend Castro’s regime a credit of $100 million to be repaid over 12 years at 2-½% interest. U.S. officials say the pact assures the Soviet Union a firm foot in the Caribbean area, from which it could extend its penetration deep into the rest of the Caribbean and Latin America…

February 15 France, which a few days ago, joined the ranks of the world's atomic france explodes a bomb february 1960 facts trivia history timeline mrpopculturepowers by exploding one, declares it will build a striking force of nuclear weapons to assure its national independence. Meanwhile, Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, chairman of the Senate subcommittee on disarmament, declares the explosion of a plutonium bomb by France urgently points up the necessity of placing a controllable ban on further testing of nuclear weapons…

February 22 -  Speaking on radio and television on the eve of his good will tour to South America President Eisenhower asserts that U.S. defenses rest on "an indestructible force of incalculable power, ample for today and constantly developing to meet the needs of tomorrow." Later, his first stop is Puerto Rico. While the President visits Rio de Janeiro, A U.S Navy plane and a Brazilian airliner collide over the city's bay, killing 88 persons. The disaster wiped out a section of the U.S Navy band-orchestra that was to have played at a dinner President Eisenhower was giving in honor of Brazil's President Kubitschek…  Fidel Castro's regime seizes El Mundo, one of Cuba's last remaining independent newspapers and two TV stations. The paper and one TV station belonged to Amadeo Barletta, Italian-born industrialist who came to the U.S. and built up a $40 million empire…

March 1 – Prime Minister Fidel Castro angrily blames the Unites States for causing the explosion of a munitions ship in Havana, in what he called an act of sabotage. Over 50 people were killed in the explosion with hundreds injured. In his speech, Castro appeared to have shut the door on any hopes for negotiations of U.S- Cuban differences as recently proposed by the Cuban government…

jfk kennedy nixon win new hampshire primary march 1960 trivia facts history timeline mrpopcultureMarch 8 – Vice President Nixon and Sen. John F. Kennedy roll-up victories in New Hampshire’s Presidential primary… Fresh from his trip from Latin America, President Eisenhower tells the nation those U.S. relations with its sister republics to the south are at an all-time high - with very few unnamed exceptions. He warned the world - and inferentially the Communists in Cuba - that the United States will not permit a tyrannical form of government to be imposed upon any American nation “from outside or with outside support, by force, threat of subversion”… Space contest with Russia - The U.S. launches the Pioneer V craft and its mission - is to get closer to the sun - closer than spacecraft preceding it, including those launched by Russia…

March 15 – Disarmament conference in Geneva - Moscow says it is ready to accept the United States plan to ban all big tests of nuclear weapons if the west signs a pledge not to conduct any military tests at all - big or small - for a number of  years to be decided by negotiation. Moscow says that during this moratorium, Soviet and western scientists would carry out joint research aimed at removing  the U.S. fear that small-scale weapons could be exploded underground without detection… President Eisenhower comes out flatly for Vice President Richard Nixon as his successor in the  White House. “If anyone is wondering whether I  have any personal preference or even bias with  respect to this up-coming Presidential race, the  answer is yes, very definitely”…

March 22 - Sen. Stuart Symington of Missouri declares his candidacy for the Democratic Presidential nomination… The House macmillan arrives in washington march 1960 trivia facts history timeline mrpopculturepasses its civil rights bill - with some calling it weak or strong. The Senate may vote on it next week... British Prime Minister Macmillan arrives in Washington for talks with President Eisenhower on the Western reply to the Soviet nuclear test ban offer…  In Marseilles, France - Russian and French security agents swarm around Nikita S. Khrushchev on his arrival in this Communist citadel to protect him from anti- Communist partisans who killed one Red in a predawn knife and pistol street fight… In Lincoln, Nebraska - Vice President Nixon promises Republicans a hard-hitting far-ranging Presidential campaign devoid of personal attacks on his opponents or answers to personal attacks made by them upon him. Beset by demonstrations against its segregation policies, South Africa’s government declares a state of emergency and alerts its citizen defense force for mobilization. More than 30,000 Negroes jammed the streets of Cape Town. More than 150 were arrested…

April 1 –In Paris - Soviet Premier Khrushchev says that his talks with President Charles de Gaulle have increased his optimism for next month’s Big Four summit conference. “All the international questions in suspense should be resolved not by the use of force, but by peaceful means”… Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt (75) steps off a curb in New York and is knocked down by a backing car. She says she is much too busy to even think about the injury. Sen jfk kennedy april 1960 wisconsin primary facts history timeline mrpopcultureShe never got the driver’s name and did not report the incident to police… Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts takes a big win in the Wisconsin primary, defeating Seen Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota. He had been an underdog. Kennedy wound up with 54% of the Democratic vote. Humphrey had 46%. Nixon had a smaller vote than either candidate, but he didn’t campaign in the area and ran unopposed on the Republican side…

April 8 – South Africa - Martial law is forecast as the result of a white man’s attempt to assassinate South African Prime Minister Hendrik F. Verwoerd . Though two small caliber bullets lodged in his head, the chief of South Africa’s white supremacy government is reported recovering and his conscious…  Guerrilla troops led by former rebel army major Manuel Beaton, attack Premier Castro’s forces in the mountains of Oriente Province, Reports say that Beaton’s 80-man troop had attacked the Castro army outpost at El Uvero in the Sierra Maestra Mountains… President Eisenhower attributes Vice President Nixon’s slump in some Presidential popularity polls to the fact that Nixon isn’t getting as much publicity as his democratic rivals, particularly John F. Kennedy…  John F. Kennedy has incredible weapon on his side - his tough brother Bobby Kennedy, who is behind his brother’s presidential bid 100%. Bobby has rallied all the Kennedy’s and then some…  Supplying answers for Kennedy is “The Cambridge group” - described as a loose confederation of brainy professors who are teaching at Harvard, MIT and other institutions of the highest learning. The coordinator of the loose group is Archibald Cox, a Harvard professor of law…  

sen jfk kennedy widens lead april 1960 timeline facts history mrpopcultureApril 15 – In the latest Gallup Poll, Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts widens his lead over the leading Democratic contenders for president - the top 5: Kennedy -39%, Stevenson - 21%, Johnson - 11%, Humphrey - 7% and Symington 6%. Kennedy went up 5% from last month… Senator Kennedy, irked at the needling of Senator Hubert Humphrey, angrily accepts his challenge to a face-to-face debate in their primary fight as they head into the West Virginia primary. Humphrey has made Kennedy’s religion a major topic of his speeches. “In view of the way the campaign is evolving in West Virginia, I can’t accept the current attacks without fighting back”… Four-year old Eric Peugeot is released alive and well by his kidnappers in Paris, less than three blocks from his home, in front of a Tavern, across from the Eiffel Tower. Eric is the son of Roland Peugeot, VP of the automobile and steel empire. He was held more than two days after the father paid the kidnappers ransom demand. He would not disclose how much he paid the kidnappers… Sources report that Premier Fidel Castro has stationed 5000 troops in Oriente Province to fend-off an expected invasion. Castro has formerly declared the invaders would come from the Dominican Republic, where many from the Batista regime have sought political asylum…

April 22 - Vice President Nixon says that the security of the United States must be the primary goal of the next charles degaulle april 1960 facts history trivia timeline mrpopcultureadministration. He said it must be maintained, “at whatever cost” and that budget surpluses must come second… Visiting Washington - President Charles de Gaulle of France pleads that next month’s summit meeting must ”above all,” seek East- West agreement rather than break down over differences…. Syngman Rhee , founder of the Republic of Korea, resigns as President after six weeks of violent public demonstrations against his autocratic rule. The father of modern Korea ends his 12 years of power after weeks of mounting violence stemming from charges of fraud in the March 15 presidential elections. Later, it’s reported that Rhee’s Vice President Lee Ki-Poong his wife and two sons, commit suicide in a building on the grounds of the presidential mansion…

May 1 – The Soviets shoot-down an unarmed American plane. Nikita Khrushchev tells the Soviet Parliament that the pilot is alive. The leader justified the downing saying the violation of Soviet air space had “aroused the just indignation of the Soviet people”… President Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights act of 1960. The bill centers on new voting rights protections for Negroes. The President hailed it as “a historic step forward in the field of civil rights.” “With continued help from all persons, the new law will play an important role in the days ahead in attaining our goal of equality under law in all areas of our country for all Americans”… The Soviet Union announces a major shakeup of key government and party posts, which elevate First De. Premier Frol R. Koslov to the secretariat of the Communist Party’s powerful Central Committee. Alexei Kosygin becomes first deputy premier… Royal Wedding - Princess Margaret becomes Mrs. Antony Armstrong Jones in Westminster Abbey. A million or more persons crowd London’s streets… Television stations broadcast a debate between Sen. John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey. Both aspire to be President. The debate originated from the Charleston, West Virginia station, WCHS-TV.

francis powers facts history russia may 1960 mrpopculture timelineMay 8 – Radio Moscow broadcasts extracts of what it called an interrogation of Francis G. Powers, the U-2 spy pilot shot down May 1 over Russia. One question asked -Do you plead guilty? “I plead guilty to the fact that I have flown over Soviet territory and over the points indicated on the chart, turned on and off the necessary controls of the special equipment mounted aboard my plane that I consider was being done with the aim of collecting intelligence information about the USSR”… Passing – John D. Rockefeller…

May 15Paris Summit news – Premier Khrushchev wrecks the summit conference before it begins by demanding an apology from the U.S. for the May 1 U-2 reconnaissance flight and punishment of persons responsible for this intrusion. He also demanded America’s renunciation of all further flights over Soviet territory... He also withdraws an invitation for President Eisenhower to visit Russia and suggests the summit be postponed until he leaves the White House. Meanwhile President Eisenhower  accuses the Soviet Premier of flying to Paris only to sabotage the Big Four talks and discloses U-2 spy flights had ended with the May 1 incident... Several days later, it’s announced that the Big Four summit talks have collapsed in failure… Khruschchev refused to meet with the western chiefs of government unless President Eisenhower met three conditions laid down by the Premier. Those conditions were: Apologize for the U.S. espionage flights over the Soviet Union, renounce further such flights and punish the authorities responsible for them. President Eisenhower refused to go beyond a statement that the flights had been ended”… Several days later, while still in Paris, Khrushchev blasts President Eisenhower in a news conference, saying that war is inevitable if the U.S. sends spy planes over Russia and insulted the President by comparing him to a “thief caught red-handed.” He also threatened to break-off the East-West Geneva disarmament talks and resume nuclear testing if the U.S. does. He threatened to shoot down any more American spy planes and attack the bases from eisenhower paris may 1960 facts history timeline mrpopculture triviawhich they took off… President Eisenhower, fresh from the failed summit in Paris, flies into Lisbon, to a warm welcome from 250,000 Portuguese. Once in his quarters in Queluz Palace, he called for western powers to work even harder for peace, despite the failure of the Paris summit meeting. Next day, 300,000 welcome President Eisenhower back to Washington as they stand along the route from Andrews Air Force Base to the White House…

May 22 -  President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon warn America’s Southeast Asian allies that the danger of Red Chinese aggression and subversion is greater than ever since the recent ill-fated summit conference. Nixon took some hope from the fact that Soviet Premier Khrushchev is not yet going along with Red China’s aggressive policy…  Premier Khrushchev says he still believes that President Eisenhower wants peace and that he really had not known about spy flights over the Soviet Union. He also says that Mr. Eisenhower is a man who puts golf before his responsibilities as President. Vice President Nixon is privately studying reports of “very high spending” in the West Virginia primary where Senator John F. Kennedy (D-Mass) eliminated Sen. Humphrey (D-Minn) from the 1960 Presidential sweepstakes. Kennedy won the West boris pasternak dies may 1960 facts trivia history mrpopcultureVirginia primary by 61 1/2% of the vote… Passing - Boris Pasternak - noted Russian poet and author of the controversial “Dr Zhivago” and winner of the 1958 Nobel Prize for literature. He had been confined to his bed since May 1 with lung cancer. He passed away at Peredelkino - a writers’ colony 20 miles from Moscow…

June 1 – President Charles de Gaulle breaks his silence on the summit fiasco, attacking Premier Khrushchev for wrecking the Paris summit conference, but warns that both East and West were drifting into mutual destruction unless they adopted a three-point formula for competitive co-existence… Oliver Powers, father of Francis G. Powers said the Khrushchev sent him a telegram, saying that if he comes to Russia, “I will do everything I can to help you”… Tass announces that Soviet Premier Khrushchev has accepted an invitation from Fidel khrushchev to visit cuba june 1960 mrpopculture timeline facts historyCastro to visit Cuba. The time will be agreed on laterMeanwhile in a press conference, the propaganda machine is in full swing. Khrushchev says that President Eisenhower told him at Camp David, that the U.S. did not want a unified Germany because it feared strengthening the Germans. In his public statements, Eisenhower has said he was in support of unifying East and West Germany through free elections. Khrushchev also said if Nixon were elected President that would be good for Russia, because Nixon would be certain to make mistakes “beneficial to us”…  President Eisenhower responds at West Point by saying the “ill-tempered expressions” of Soviet Premier Khrushchev have brought the Western Allies closer together than at any time since he became President. “No nation in this world dares attack the United States and they know it.” The President was attending a 45th reunion dinner of his West Point classmates...And later, attending commencement exercises at Notre Dame, President Eisenhower speaks out against world leaders who brandish angry epithets as the “enemies of human dignity”…

June 8 – Subway fire in Manhattan - A fire that began in a pile of old signal cables stored along the track close to the third rail, knocks the Lexington Ave. interborough subway out of action for three hours and leaves 148 nelson rockefeller june 1960 facts history nixon mrpopculture timelineinjured… Gov. Nelson Rockefeller of New York challenges Nixon to speak out on major issues prior to the Republican National Convention. Rockefeller charged, “those now assuming control of the Republican Party have filed to make clear where this party is heading and where it proposes to lead the nation”… Vice President Nixon offers to answer on television, any questions that Gov. Rockefeller wishes to put to him on his views, but he points out that debate between the two men would be “improper” unless the government becomes an announced candidate… Fidel Castro orders three oil companies – one American and one Dutch-British, to refine Soviet crude in their Cuban plants or suffer confiscation. In a televised speech, he announced as treason their refusal to handle the oil he is buying from the Soviet Union with Cuban sugar… President Eisenhower takes off on a two-week Pacific good-will trip. His first stop is Alaska, then the Philippines. He’s planning a trip to Japan, but anti-U.S. riots in Tokyo could change some of those plans. Over 150,000 march through downtown Tokyo in the most massive display of left-wing strength ever in that city... Congress votes to ban payola, approving a bill providing a criminal penalty of up to one year in prison and $10,000 fine for anyone convicted of being involved in payola or TV-radio contest fixing…

June 15 – President Eisenhower gets a rousing welcome from nearly two million Filipinos in Manila. After the reception, the President plunged into business talks with President Carlos P. Garcia… The Soviet Union formally tells Japan that ratification of francis gary powers june 1960 facts history oliver dad timeline mrpopculturethe U.S.-Japanese security treaty would lead to “dangerous consequences”… A Soviet announcement says that Premier Khrushchev has turned down Oliver Powers’ appeal for the release of his son - U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. The Premier did say he would help him see his son, should he visit the Soviet Union. “Law is law and I cannot interfere in a matter which is exclusively within the competence of the judicial authorities.” Oliver Powers is a shoe repair operator in Virginia. His son was shot-down by the Soviets on May 1… Greeted by a million Chinese, President Eisenhower is welcomed in Taipei, greeting President Chiang Kai-Shek with a pledge of America’s “steadfast solidarity” with the Nationalists… President Eisenhower is welcomed in Seoul, Korea by 2 million friendly South Koreans, winding up his Far Eastern tour… In Liverpool, England, a blaze sweeps through the crowded five-story Henderson Department Store in mid-afternoon. At least 11 are dead and a dozen or so are injured, but that toll is expected to rise… 

John F. Kennedy on Jack Paar's Show  - June 16, 1960

June 22 - Japan bestows the grand cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun with Paulownia flowers to General Douglas MacArthur . It’s the highest honor it can confer upon a foreigner who  japan order rising sun june facts history 1960 mrpopculture timelineis not head of state. He was cited for his “great contributions” to the postwar reconstruction of Japan. “I can recall no parallel in the history of the world when a great nation recently at war so distinguished its former enemy commander” said MacArthur… Congress is told that Russia is seeking Cuba bases and urges the Organization of American States to act in preventing Russia and China from getting a stronghold and eliminating any kind of communist penetration in the western hemisphere…An army munitions dump across the bay from Havana, Cuba blows up - killing several people and injuring hundreds. The explosion caused a near panic in the city. Seven are seized as sabotage suspects…

July 1 – Sen. Kennedy tells Jackie Robinson that he will make no political commitments in his campaign for the Presidency inconsistent with full respect to Negro rights. “If anyone expects the next Democratic administration to betray the cause of human rights, he can look elsewhere for leadership.” Robinson, a Negro and former Brooklyn Dodger star, has been highly critical of Kennedy on the racial issue. …Austrian leaders say that Soviet Premier Khrushchev, still angry over the U-2 incident - told them he will never do any more business with President Eisenhower but would meet a new American President at the summit. .. Former President Harry Truman said he would not attend the Democratic National Convention “because I have no desire whatever to be a party to proceedings that are taking on the aspects of a prearranged affair.” He implied that the convention was Sen lyndon johnson july 1960 news update info trivia mrpopculture timelinebeing rigged for Sen. Kennedy, the front-running candidate by the backers of the Massachusetts senator… Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson accuses Democratic National Chairman Paul Butler of unfairly setting up the party’s national convention without consulting him or his backers. He also says he agrees with former President Truman, that the convention is “prearranged” in favor of Sen. John F. Kennedy… In Honolulu - a 50 star American flag is raised in a brief ceremony at Iolani Palace, making it the last place in the nation to officially raise the new 50-star flag, marking statehood of the newest U.S. state…

More Week Of July 1, 1960 News - Too many Kennedy’s in Massachusetts? Robert B. Kennedy of Stoughton, ahaberdasher who has never been in politics, begins circulating nominating papers for the office of lieutenant governor. Haberdasher Kennedy is no relation to Sen. John F. Kennedy or his brother, Robert F. Kennedy, or State Treasurer John F. Kennedy, The treasurer is not related to the senator… Senator John F. Kennedy says he will not step down as a Presidential candidate on convention eve at the request of former President Truman. Kennedy says he has won every primary and survived every kind of hazard and opposition. The senator said it was apparent Mr. Truman was acting in support of Senator Lyndon Johnson of Texas, in trying to block jackie to have baby  facts july 1960 history timeline mrpopcutlurehis nomination at the Democratic convention, which opens next week… It’s announced that Mrs. John F. Kennedy is expecting a baby in late November or early December. The baby will be the couple’s second child. Daughter Caroline is 2… President Eisenhower orders an end to virtually all-further United States buying of sugar from Cuba this year citing the Castro regime for deliberate hostility toward the U.S… A Navy blimp, the largest of its type in the world, crashes in the water, 15 miles off the central Jersey shore. 21 were aboard. 18 are dead and one missing. Most of the bodies are still with the ship… Sen. Lyndon Johnson of Texas announces his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President, saying the nation will need “seasoned” leadership in the future. Apparently, that was a stab at the young senator… President Eisenhower warns Soviet Premier Khrushchev to keep his hands off Cuba, saying the U.S. will not “permit the establishment of a regime dominated by international communism in the western hemisphere.” He made the statement after Khrushchev pledged all-out support for Cuba in its struggle with the United States, saying the USSR now has rocket power capable of hitting America’s heartland if the “Pentagon dares start an intervention with Cuba”…

July 8 – Nikita Khrushchev pledges all-out support for Cuba, declaring the USSR now has rocket power capable of hitting America’s heartland if the “Pentagon dares start an intervention” in Cuba. In response, President Eisenhower warns Khrushchev to keep his hands off Cuba and that the U.S. will not be deterred by Khrushchev’s rocket threats… Arriving at Los Angeles airport for the Democratic convention, Sen. Johnson of Texas takes a dig at John Kennedy - “I’m not against young people, I’m for them - for Vice President.” “If you find a man better than I, you ought to vote for him… But you ought not to vote for him because some pollster said he’s got a bandwagon. Some of these bandwagons in July turn out to be surreys in November"… Democratic convention - Sen. Johnson of Texas, scoffing mounting support for Sen. Kennedy, predicts jimmy hoffa july 1960 facts history trivia info timeline mrpopculture defeat for Kennedy after the second ballot this week. Johnson is a distant second to Kennedy as far as committed delegates. Kennedy has 688 (he says he has 761 line-up - a cinch to win the first time) and Johnson has 304… Sen. Kennedy’s campaign team accuses teamster president James (Jimmy) Hoffa, for “just another crude effort” to inject himself into the Democratic Presidential nomination race by allegedly trying to pack an airport demonstration for Sen. Johnson. Robert F. Kennedy said in a release - “It has come to our attention that every Teamster local in the Los Angeles area has in the past 72 hours, received a telegram signed by Sid Zagri, director of political action for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, urging these locals to send representatives to Los Angeles airport to meet Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson.” Apparently the ruse didn’t work. Several hundred persons met the Texas candidate and there were no signs of Teamster backing or ballyhoo…

katanga tshombe secede congo july 1960 facts history info mrpopculture timelineMore Week Of July 8, 1960 News - Premier Moise Tshombe of the rich and uranium province of Katanga announces that his vast inland area has seceded from the chaotic, faltering 11-day-old Congo. He charges the central government was using the “disorganizing tactics of communism”… The U.S. charges that the Soviet Union deliberately shot down a U.S. RB-47 jet reconnaissance plane over international waters and warns of “serious” consequences” if such incidents are repeated… In Los Angeles - John Fitzgerald Kennedy of Massachusetts is acclaimed the Democratic candidate for President. A thunderous applause roared from the crowd. “We will carry the fight to the people in the fall and we shall win” … “The world is changing. The old era is ending. The old ways will not do.” “I hope that no American ... will waste his franchise by voting either for me or against me solely on account of my religious affiliation.”…  Jackie Kennedy is elated over her husband’s first- ballot victory at the Democratic National Convention. Pregnant Jackie’s staying home in Massachusetts. “I talked with Jack and he said there was too much pandemonium out there - that I should stay home”… Kennedy chooses Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas as his running mate. Johnson responded in a speech - “My fellow Americans, in all humility and with deepest gratitude, I thank you for your action and I congratulate you on your action last night. As an American, as a Democrat, as a warm, good friend, I am prepared to stand beside and stand behind the next President of the United States, Jack Kennedy!..

Democratic Convention Video

congo war with belgium july 1960 lumumba timeline facts history mrpopcultureJuly 15 – In a radio broadcast, Premier Patrice Lumumba declares that the Republic of Congo is at war with Belgium. Premier Khrushchev warns the West to keep hands off the Congo, repeating the charge that the faltering new nation is a target of imperialist aggression. The Premier declared the Soviet Union would take resolute countermeasures if this continues... Several days later, the Congolese government issues an ultimatum to the United Nations to clear all Belgian troops from the republic of the Congo within 72 hours… The Eisenhower administration says it will keep Sen. Kennedy apprised of foreign policy developments during the campaign, this way, either candidate will be current on the cold war with Russia. The information will become available in a series of secret meetings and on certain terms, which Kennedy accepted… Sen. Kennedy chooses Hawaii and Alaska as starting points for a Presidential campaign which he said will take him to “every section of our country.” The campaign start will be around September 4…

richard nixon nominated convention july 1960 timeline facts history mrpopcultureJuly 22 - At the Republican convention in Chicago, Richard Nixon is acclaimed the Republican candidate for President. A few hours after the nomination, Nixon tapped Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to be his running mate. Senator Barry Goldwater was placed in nomination despite his wishes, but he promptly withdrew… Senator John Kennedy said he planned to watch some of the Republican National Convention on television. “I’ll give it the same attention that Nixon gave ours”… Vice President Richard Nixon says he is willing to jointly debate campaign issues with Senator Kennedy, but he wants assurance that any joint appearances of the men would not primarily be a show - the debate must focus on “great issues rather than between two debaters or two personalities”… The State Department accuses a Soviet Embassy official of spying and asks him to leave the United States immediately. The department says, Petr Ezhov had been buying aerial photographs of strategic target areas in the U.S.. The Soviet aid was said to have paid a commercial photographer $1,000 for intelligence date, including aerial pictures of cities… The United States declares it has scientific proof the Russians deliberately pushed a U.S. RB-47 plane off its course and shot it down over international waters in a “criminal and reckless act of piracy.” The incident took place July 1… First female prime minister - Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike becomes the first woman premier of a modern parliamentary government and is sworn-in as the Prime Minister of Ceylon…

August 1The Soviet Union says it will take “decisive measures” against any NATO-backed “aggression” in the Congo and offered large-scale economic assistance in the troubled new republic. Russia also accuses the U.S. of committing an aggressive act by setting up a small military force in the Congo. U.S. officials say the small group was only to aid in flying in United Nations forces to keep the peace… A whistle-stop campaign tour by Sen. Kennedy and former President Truman is in the planning stages. The pair “made-up” since Mr. Truman refused to attend the Democratic National Convention because he contended the fix was in to throw the nomination to Kennedy. Truman then called Kennedy too young to be President… Katanga tshombe congo trouble facts history august 1960 timeline mrpopculturePremier Moise Tshombe orders a general mobilization of his armed forces and warns that United Nations troops would have to ‘fight their way” into his secessionist Congo province. The United Nations says it stands firm and will move-in troops… The Dominican Republic is plunged into a new political crisis with the surprise resignation of President Hector B. Trujillo, brother of strongman Generalissimo Rafael Trujillo… Nationalizing/Taking over all U.S. property - The Castro regime orders the expropriation of all American investments in Cuba - an amount estimated to be $1 billion. Castro said the expropriation was being undertaken because of “United States economic and political aggression against Cuba” and specifically, for the United States cut in imports of sugar from Cuba… Vice President Nixon formally accepts an invitation of the major television networks to debate campaign issues with Sen. Kennedy - his Democratic rival for President… 

August 8The Soviet Union makes public a 4000 word indictment against American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, saying he “pleaded guilty” on the substance of which he will go on trial August 17… Oliver Powers, father of the U-2 pilot, sees Vice President Nixon in Washington, saying that the U.S. government had not done enough to help his son escape a Soviet prison on spy charges. He also told Nixon that Russia broke a standing agreement with the United States when it refused to allow his son to choose his own defense counsel… Spy news - The United States orders Valentin M. Ivanov, a Soviet Embassy first secretary - out of the country on charges he paid a young American citizen, now a self-styled nazi - to try for a federal dorticos cuba nationalization U.S. companies august 1960 facts history mrpopculture timelinejob… President Dorticos tells Cubans on television, that the government is seizing the $67 million American-owned Moa Bay Mining Co. Moa Bay, along with the U.S. government owned Nicaro nickel plant, were the only two remaining large American firms in Cuba, since the seizure last week of the Cuban Electric and Telephone companies… Sino-Russia at conflict - Reports say that Soviet technicians and advisers are leaving China “by the trainload” because of the deteriorating differences between the countries. Premier Khrushchev believes modern events and weapons have done away with Lenin’s teaching that war between the Communist and capitalistic nations are inevitable…

August 15 Francis Gary Powers tells a Soviet military court that he is sorry he had anything to do with his U-2 flight over the Soviet Union, since the action resulted in the collapse of the summit conference and the cancellation of President Eisenhower’s trip to Russia. The Senate passes Sen. Kennedy’s bill raising the minimum wage to $1.25 an hour - up from $1.00. Kennedy was chief sponsor of the legislation and shepherded it through the Senate. To win the battle, he had to agree to cut down the new coverage in the bill by about 900,000 workers. He had originally sought to bring 5 million under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Now it goes back to the House… Space race - A U.S. Air Force plane catches a space capsule, 8,500 miles above the Pacific, as it returned from orbit. The capsule had been ejected from the satellite over Alaska on its 17th circle. It’s one-step closer to the day when a man can be brought back alive from a space ride... The Russians this week bring back alive a cargo of animals that circled the earth 17 times in an experiment designed to prepare man for flight into space. It was the first time animals were recovered safely after being placed into orbit…

leopoldville conference august 1960 facts history mrpopculture timeline August 22 - Trouble in the Congo continues – The Leopoldville conference of independent African nations opens with Congo rioters shouting “Death to Lumumba.” Steel-helmeted Congolese police fired over crowds clamoring for the death of Premier Lumumba, host to 11 African governments who answered his appeal for an all-African meeting. Rampaging Congolese raid a United Nations office and attack the crew of a U.S Air Force Globemaster plane. The crew had just landed with a cargo of signal equipment for U.N forces. Of the beaten crew said the Congolese “were positive we were Belgians.” Later in the week - the last Belgian combat troops withdraw from the Congo, where defeated Baluba tribesman rally to counterattack Premier Lumumba’s Congolese army… The United States breaks relations with the Dominican Republic due to the strongman rule of Generalisimo Rafael Laonidas Trujillo Molina and his acts of aggression and intervention against Venezuela…  Club-swinging whites clash with Negroes in the streets of downtown Jacksonville, More than 50 persons are injured. Police disperse 3,000 gathered in the area. A few days later - one death is reported - a Negro is shot while fleeing from police… Vice President Nixon is sidelined after a knee injury puts him in the hospital. A staphylococci infection of his left knee will require him to remain at the Walter Reed Army hospital for two weeks… The Pennsylvania Railroad - the nation’s largest, is shut down by a strike. More than 20,000 non-operating employees belonging to the Transport Workers Union and the System Federation walk out. More than 52,000 riders in from New York to St Louis are affected…

richard nixon jack paar interview august 1960 facts history timeline mrpopcultureMore Week Of August 22, 1960 NewsVice President Nixon, guesting on Jack Paar’s Tonight Show on NBC, agrees with President Eisenhower that he has not taken part in the actual decision-making of the administration. Eisenhower made the remark this week - a remark that has been interpreted by some Democrats as a blow to Nixon’s campaign argument that he has the experience in the top-level activities of the administration. Nixon told Paar, that he had been honored by being consulted and asked to sit in on the councils of the administration. Said Nixon: “Only the President can make the great decisions that affect the country. When it comes to actually deciding something, he must do it”…

September 1 – The entire Pennsylvania Railroad, the nation’s largest, is shut down by a strike. Major issues are job classifications and the railroad’s contracting with outside companies for repairs and replacements… Innovation in campaigning - debates will happen on radio and TV! - Vice President Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy agree on a series of three and perhaps four joint appearances on U.S. radio and television. Two of the scheduled Nixon-Kennedy debates will be face-to face, in the Lincoln-Douglas tradition. The first on domestic policy from Chicago is September 26… Return engagement - It’s announced that Premier Khrushchev will head the Soviet delegation to the U.N. General Assembly opening Sept 20 in New York... He will take along the government chiefs of other Communist countries having U.N. membership… Premier Castro of Cuba declares that if there are any further “aggressions” by the United States against Cuba, he will reconvene the people in a public rally to demand the lumumba congo reinforcements september 1960 timeline facts mrpopculturewithdrawal of the U.S. from Guantanamo Bay naval base… Congo update - Congolese Premier Lumumba rushes in reinforcements aboard Russian planes and trucks against bow-and-arrow-armed warriors of the Baluba tribe... Later it’s revealed that President Joseph Kasavubu, the Congo’s President, fires Premier Patrice Lumumba, but Lumumba refuses to quit his office… Integration - The Knoxville, Tennessee school system peacefully accepts 29 Negro first graders into previously all-white schools. In Houston, Texas - it’s a different story as three Negroes attempted to register for first grade classes there, but were turned away by teachers. The Houston school system is under a federal court order to integrate at the first grade level… Smoking and cancer - Dr Joseph Berkson of the Mayo Clinic says he doubts cigarette smoking causes cancer and suggests that rising cancer in lungs may be attributed to ever-lengthening life expectancy…. 

September 8 – The United States rejects a Soviet protest against the U.S. order confining Premier Khrushchev to Manhattan during his United Nations visit next week. The Soviet government, in its protest, had demanded that Khrushchev be allowed to move to and from Russian diplomatic headquarters in a big mansion at Glen Cove, Long Island… Fidel Castro decides to attend the United Nations general assembly and support policies of leftist, anti-Americans. Castro flies in Sunday to attend the senator jfk september 1960 facts history mrpopculture timeline triviasummit… On the campaign trail, Senator Kennedy spends two days in St. Louis after spending two days in Texas. “I think we have a very good chance in Texas. I thought Dallas and Texarkana were terrific. The Republicans shouldn’t start counting those 24 electoral votes yet”… Flying to Boise from Portland, OR on the campaign trail, Vice President Nixon’s plane runs into trouble when one of his plane’s four engines fails. The plane landed in Boise without incident… Hurricane Donna, which already battered Southern Florida, gives New York City a glancing blow and smashes into Long Island and New England All living along the Connecticut shore was evacuated. Floodwaters trapped 2,500 children in 13 Brooklyn schools for several hours. Wall Street flooded and subways were forced by floods to stop running at the height of the city’s rush hour…

September 15 – Increased jet activity by Red jet fighters is observed over Berlin. An East German army officer who defected to the West says the Communists against West Germany are planning a war of conquest… Congo update - Soviet-led Communists are seen burning documents and packing in preparation for a getaway. Their effort to gain a foothold in Central Africa has apparently failed. Patrice Lumumba, the puppet they had been shaping, has vanished. New Congolese army strongman Col. Joseph Mobuto says they must clear out before another nightfall. The Russians and their Communist allies had moved into the Congo following independence June 30, pouring men and equipment outside the U.N. Congo effort, setting off a huge dispute with western nations and the United Nations. Later, Lumumba comes out of hiding and places himself under the protection of U.N. troops in Leopoldville. Mobuto sets up a Congolese technical commission to supersede both the ousted regime of Communist supported Patrice Lumumba and the shadow government of premier-designate Joseph Lleo… Sen. Kennedy says he will not exploit Nikita Khrushchev’s visit for campaign purposes and would meet the Soviet premier only if his Republican rival for the Presidency sees the Russian too. He said the country’s reaction to the probable propaganda blasts from Khrushchev in the U.N. General Assembly should “be guided by the good judgment of the President”… Castro arrives in New York for U.N. talks. Cheers and applause, mixed with boos and name-calling, greeted Castro as he arrived to attend the United Nations General Assembly.

khrushchev castro NY september 1960 U.N. facts history mrpopculture timelineMore Week Of September 15, 1960 - In New York for U.N. General Assembly meetings, Soviet Premier Khrushchev indicates he wants to talk about disarmament with President Eisenhower at the United Nations and thus, in effect, turn the coming U.N. General Assembly Session into a world summit meeting. Khrushchev arrived in New York via the liner Baltika… President Eisenhower calls for national unity among Americans in the face of “troublemakers trying to come to our country” - a veiled reference to Castro, Khrushchev and a small corps of Communist chieftains, arriving for the U.N. session in New York… Senator John F. Kennedy, in his first nationwide telecast sponsored by the Democratic National Committee, charges that the Soviet Communists “will keep on driving and expanding and gaining without regard to all the kitchen debates and United Nations speeches, unless we have a President and a country in the 60’s who acts first and acts fast…

September 22 - An Eastern Airlines Turbo-Prop Electra tumbles into Boston Harbor on takeoff, with the death toll at 61 and 11 known survivors. The airliner broke into two pieces with no fire. Bodies, still strapped in their seats, floated about the scene. Many macmillan september 1960 U.N. facts history timeline mrpopculturewere badly cut and disfigured… A scene at the United Nations - Britain’s Prime Minister Macmillan presents the United Nations with a cool assessment of key world issues, sending Nikita S. Khrushev into four furious outbursts of heckling shouts and table-thumping protest. For the delegates to the 98 nation General Assembly, it was the most astonishing performance in the history of the world organization . They appeared to be shocked. Macmillian spoke to the assembly about how Communist slogans are outworn and obsolete and are distorting the world’s most perilous issues… An apple pie sent to Soviet Premier Khrushchev creates a bomb scare. The pie sent to the Soviet leaders Park Ave residence was hustled off by a police bomb squad. The sender - Virginia L. McCleary of Luling, Tex insisted the box contained what the label said - “Pie”… First Debate - Vice President Nixon’s backers say they are going to try to make him look healthier on the second TV-radio debate with Sen. Kennedy on Friday, with different lighting and make-up. To many viewers of the first debate, Nixon looked wan and pale. Republican national headquarters blamed it on poor lighting and make-up. Said one - “It’s a funny thing, but Nixon wore the same suit and used the same make-up and lighting in three other shows ... and he looked fine on all of them.” Republicans contend that Kennedy used some make-up during the last debate from Chicago. A Democratic National Committee spokesman said that was false - “”Kennedy used no makeup at all. He has a heavy tan which was all he needed”… On radio – Nixon was favored...

First Kennedy-Nixon Debate - Moderated By CBS-TV' Howard K. Smith (Video)

October 1 – The neutralist government of Laos announces it will open diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union. The Russians will be permitted to open an embassy in Vientiane, the first Communist nation ever to be allowed to do so in Laos… Campaign news - Vice President Nixon rolls through upstate New York, accusing Sen. Kennedy of continuing campaign “distortion” tactics. He suggested that his opponent start reading the newspapers about what President Eisenhower is doing before he voices criticism… South Africa votes to become a republic with a president instead of the British monarch as chief of state… President Eisenhower turns down a neutralist proposal for an immediate meeting between himself and Premier Khrushchev because it holds no hope “of productive results”…

kennedy nixon debate october 1960 facts history trivia timeline mrpopcultureSecond Kennedy/Nixon Debate -  The debate this week - Kennedy and Nixon clash sharply on foreign policy and civil rights in the second of their nation-wide television debates. The Vice President did not have the thin, emaciated appearance that worried Republicans across the nation during the first debate. Some say Kennedy seemed less sure of himself than he did in their first encounter and Nixon appeared vigorous and in full command of himself in contrast to his initial effort…

Kennedy Nixon Debate #2 - Moderated By NBC-TV's Frank McGee (Video)

david susskind wnta tv khrushchev 1960 october timeline history mrpopcultureIt’s announced that Premier Khrushchev will appear in a live, unrehearsed interview on David Susskind’s “Open End” - broadcast live over WNTA-TV (channel 13) in New York City. This will be Khrushchev’s only TV appearance during his visit to the United States. WNTA-TV says that immediately after the interview, a panel of newspaper men will discuss and analyze the program. David Susskind says he will not disclose from which studio the show will be broadcast, due to safety. The “Open End” program is named because it doesn’t have a stop time…

October 8 – Cuba nationalizes all banks and all industrial, commercial and transportation companies including twenty owned by entities in the U.S… The United Nations General Assembly breaks out in complete disorder as Premier Khrushchev calls the Philippines delegate a jerk and a stooge, while taking off a shoe and waving it in the air, then banging it on a desk… At the end of 25 days – Premier Khrushchev bids an angry farewell to the General Assembly and threatens to walk out on any future arms talks unless they are on Soviet terms. He also absolved President Eisenhower of nixon kennedy third debate october 1960 timeline facts trivia history mrpopculture imagethe U-2 and RB-47 incidents earlier this year… Vice President Richard Nixon and Sen. John F. Kennedy debate for the third time. Moderator was ABC-TV’s Bill Shadel. The debate was in split-screen – with Nixon in Los Angeles and Kennedy in New York…Third debate – Repubican headquarters accuses Senator Kennedy of “Cribbing” – saying he, “came into his studio armed with written material contrary to a specific understanding against using any notes or prepared material. Kennedy deines the violation and that he wanted t quote President Eisenhower accurately from a cop of a statement he had… A poll taken after the third debate said that 43% believe Kennedy did a better job.    

Kennedy-Nixon Debate #3 (Audio)

khrushchev wnta interview susskind tv ratings 1960 history timeline facts mrpopculture triviaThe appearance of Khrushchev on “Open End” over WNTA-TV caused one sponsor, Sutro Bos & Co. to drop out. The live broadcast was fed to six TV stations and audio was fed to radio. In the TV Ratings – During the live Khrushchev broadcast – WCBS-TV and WNBC topped WNTA-TV, which came in third out of seven stations. First half hour  WCBS-TV (Jackie Gleason) 34.2… 7.6 for WNTA Khrushchev. 10 to 10:15pm – WCBS-TV (Candid Camera) – 34.7… 8.7 For WNTA-TV and Khrushchev. WNTA picked up more ratings as the night wore on…     

October 15 – President Eisenhower says he supports the same views as Nixon on the defense of Quemoy and Matsu islands against Communist Chinese attack. Campaign - In Hartford, Vice President Nixon says he would appoint the best men he can find to the Cabinet without regard to race or creed or party affiliation. “We feel the best men must come to the top regardless of party background, race, creed or color”… On Meet the Press this week, Sen. Kennedy proposed that Vice President Nixon join him in burying the Quemoy-Matsu issue as not to “endanger the security of the Unites States” by leading Communist China “to think we are divided.” He asked the issue be closed in spirit of “bipartisanship.” Recently in the campaign, both had opposite views of the vulnerable islands, with Nixon saying they should be defended at all costs from Communist infiltration. Kennedy’s view was to charles van doren purgery charges october 1960 quiz show scandal history facts timeline mrpopculturenot get involved… 14 winners from the bygone era of television quiz shows surrender to charges of perjury, including Charles Van Doren , winner of $129,000 on “21.” Van Doren was the central figure two years ago in the big scandal over rigged quiz shows… The United States, taking the toughest stand yet on Cuba, bans exports of all U.S. goods to the island nation, except medical supplies and food. The State Department charges that the Havana government has deliberately failed to pay $150 million owed to U.S. business and has put a squeeze on U.S. goods, cutting the once-large U.S. trade by more than half… Fourth Debate - Vice President Nixon tells Sen. Kennedy that his plans for handling the Cuba crisis are “probably the most dangerously irresponsible recommendations” of his campaign and “an open invitation to Mr. Khrushchev to come into Latin America.” The fourth debate devoted to foreign policy, produced the sharpest personal exchanges as Cuba and Quemoy-Matsu were huge areas of disagreement… The Italian cargo liner Lorenzo Marcello, steaming up the Mississippi River, veers suddenly and tears a huge furrow through a row of staterooms in a passing passenger vessel. Nine are confirmed dead with one injury so far. ..

Kennedy-Nixon Debate #4 (Audio)

October 22 - A six-man junta seizes power in a bloodless coup, throwing out El Salvador’s President Jose Maria Lemus. The vice president nixon october 1960 facts history trivia timeline mrpopculturejunta also begins liberating political prisoners... Vice President Nixon says that if elected, he will try to visit every Communist satellite nation of Eastern Europe “to reaffirm our trust in their ultimate deliverance.” In Chicago, Nixon takes a jab at Kennedy in Halloween parlance - “ Jack doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance” borrowing the phrase from a sheet-cloaked youngster in a crowd… Sen. Kennedy completes a visit through the destitute hard coal area of northern Pennsylvania (Scranton). “I assure you help will be on its way next year if you put a Democratic administration in office. The Wall Street Journal which should be Mr. Nixon’s Bible - calls it a recession”… The United States formally accuses the Soviets of secretly sending thousands of tons of new arms to Cuba, together with technicians to show the Cubans how to use them…. After just completing a football game in Toledo, an airline carrying members of the California Polytechnic College in Central California, crashes on takeoff. 24 are dead with 22 survivors. Many of the dead are team members… Iranians rejoice at the birth of a crown prince, born to Queen Farah Diba, third wife of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi. The boy weighs 8 pounds, 11 ounces… Laos - Neutralist Premier Prince Souvanna Phouma announces his is accepting Soviet economic assistance in line with his previous pledge of closer collaboration with the Russians… 

senator kennedy campaigning november 1960 facts history timeline mrpopculture triviaNovember 1 – Campaigning - In Los Angeles, John F. Kennedy tells a crowd “I want to make it clear that we want to build a society that moves ahead - that no longer sits in comfort but picks up and moves forward”… Responding to Kennedy’s repeated assertion that “Republicans have always opposed Social Security” – Richard Nixon, says “He knows that’s a bare-faced lie and I say it right here today.” “He knows that Social Security has never had a better friend than the Eisenhower administration and it will never have a better friend than the Nixon administration in the next four years”… Cuba accuses the two Presidential candidates of discussing Cuba as a “piece of real estate belonging to the United States.”… Two million New Yorkers hail President Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge in a ticker- tape blizzard that brought darkness at noon to lower Broadway. Later, President Eisenhower told a cheering crowd at the New York Coliseum that despite the “bewailing” complaints of Senator Kennedy, America’s retaliatory military might is at its peak of power… More campaigning - Senator Kennedy proposes that young Americans serve three years in a “peace corps” working with U.S. technical missions abroad as an alternative to military duty… President Eisenhower says that Senator Kennedy is an inexperienced “young genius” who would lead the nation to “self destruction” if elected to the Presidency Last-minute campaigning - Vice President Nixon says he plans an 11th-hour push and will hit three key states in addition to Alaska 23 hours before election time. He’ll spend 4 hours on a nationwide television program broadcast from Detroit on ABC-TV, then head to Chicago to take part in another election telecast with President Eisenhower speaking from Washington. He’ll also attend rallies in So California, Detroit and Madison, Wisconsin during the last day… Kennedy’s last campaign stop is New York, telling a crowd “If we don’t carry New York, there is no chance we can win a majority of the Electoral College.” If elected, he wants “to be a President known as one who not only prevented war, but won the peace.” He also called for federal aid to higher education. At stake are the state’s 45 electoral votes…

On Monday, the day before the Presidential election, Vice President Nixon will answer questions on a paid four-hour telethon over ABC- TV. Viewers can call collect on a special telephone number flashed across the screen. Henry Cabot Lodge, the Republican Vice Presidential nominee, will join Nixon from time to time. The broadcast will air from 11 to 3pm on the East coast. ABC says the total airtime cost will be around $200,000…

jfk kennedy wins november 1960 facts info history trivia timeline mrpopcultureNovember 8Senator John F. Kennedy wins the Presidency in the tightest race seen in nearly a half a century. After more than 66 million votes, Kennedy looks like a winner with 300,000 over Nixon. In a victory statement from his Hyannis Port home, he calls on the nation to help him: “The next four years will be difficult and challenging. There is general agreement by all of our citizens that a supreme national effort is needed to move this country through the 1960’s. I ask your help in this effort and I can assure you that every degree of mind and spirit that I possess will be devoted to the long-range interests of the United States and to the cause of freedom around the world”… Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy says her new role, as the nation’s first lady “seems very unreal.” “I really don’t think of myself as First Lady - but of Jack as President.” She says she views her main role as “taking care of the President.” “Jack must get a month’s rest or else he won’t be as good a President ... after all, you can’t race a car endlessly without taking it to the shop?”… Campaign manager Bobby Kennedy says they knew they had won at about 3:30am, but did not claim it until 11 hours later. “I thought at 3:30am we had enough going for us, whether it was going to be California, Minnesota or another state that would do it. I had two lists - one I thought we would carry definitely and one that I thought would be possible. I was wrong on Ohio.” The Kennedy campaign, says Robert, put more effort into Ohio’s 25 electoral votes than any other state, but they still lost there… Soviet Premier Khrushchev warmly congratulates Kennedy, wishing him “fruitful activity” and called on him to co-operate with Russia in solving pressing international problems so as to free the world from the threat of a new war… President-elect Kennedy accepts an invitation from President Eisenhower to arrange for an orderly transfer of government power. Kennedy also announces his first appointments. Clark Gifford, former White House special counsel will be his representative in Washington for the arrangements. At his first formal news conference, Kennedy says he has asked Allen Dulles, brother of the late secretary of state, to remain as director of the CIA and J. Edgar Hoover to remain as director of the FBI…

John F. Kennedy Wins

president diem s vietnam facts history info november 1960 timeline mrpopcultureMore November 8, 1960 News -  Trouble in South Vietnam - Disgruntled South Vietnamese Army officers attempt, but fail, at a coup against President Diem . A crackdown is ordered and over 50,000 are arrested. Many innocent people are tortured then executed. Thousands who fear arrest flee to North Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh will later send many back to infiltrate South Vietnam as part of his People's Liberation Armed Forces. Called Viet Cong by Diem, meaning Communist Vietnamese, Ho's guerrillas blend into the countryside, indistinguishable from South Vietnamese, while working to undermine Diem's government)… Despite rumblings, Vice President Nixon says he will not dispute Sen. Kennedy’s election to the Presidency… An armed revolt linked to the Cuban regime of Fidel Castro, breaks out in Guatemala, against the government of President Miguel Ydigoras Fuentes. An airport at Puerto Barrios was destroyed - preventing further invasion by Castro rebels…

November 15 – President Eisenhower rushes U.S. Navy warships and air units into position to defend revolt-threatened Guatemala and Nicaragua against any communist-led attack. The White House made it clear to Prime Minister Castro to keep hands off both Central American republics. Havana newspaper La Calle termed it “Yankee military intervention” and a “grave threat to world peace”… The Soviet Union announces a new heavy ruble, slightly above the value of the U.S. dollar in international trade, with an increase in the ruble’s gold content. A dollar now brings four rubles at the official rate, or 10 rubles at a special tourist rate. jfk nixon meet in Florida november 1960 timeline facts history info mrpopculture imageBeginning January 1 the Soviet Union decreed it would take only nine-tenths of a ruble to equal 41… Senator Kennedy pays a call to the man he defeated - Vice President Richard Nixon - in Florida to discuss, in an atmosphere of cordiality, the great problems of a political transition and world affairs. Side by side in a villa, with the sound of the surf outside, Kennedy and Nixon chatted for just over an hour. Kennedy said later, there was no discussion of a position for Nixon in the new administration and that the session was cordial and helpful… President-elect Kennedy and Vice President-elect Johnson meet for the first time since their election victory for conferences on the problems confronting their new administration. The meeting was held at LBJ’s ranch in Johnson City, Texas. Johnson was seen wearing casual ranch-style clothes with a western hat. With a grin, Kennedy took a look and remarked - “I could see you if you would take that hat off”… Sir Winston Churchill , who will be 86 next week, is said to have some discomfort and is resting after falling and breaking a small bone in his back… In Charleston, South Carolina - The Navy sends the nuclear-powered submarine George Washington into the Atlantic Ocean, armed with 16 thermonuclear- tipped missiles. Opening a new era, the sub is carrying the most destructive war force in the history of man…

November 22 - The day after Thanksgiving - A boy weighing 6 pounds and 3 ounces is born to President-elect and Mrs. Kennedy by Caesarean. The father is reportedly rushing back home from Florida to be with his wife and new son. Mrs. Kennedy said earlier that the infant would be named John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. if it were a boy. The child was not due until December nixon november 1960 facts history law firm info mrpopculture timeline trivia15… Vice President Nixon says he plans to join a California law firm when he leaves federal office in January. He says though, in coming years, he is determined to exercise active leadership of the Republican Party… Vice President-elect Johnson , seeking to still concerns of policy of the new administration - says the Kennedy administration will strive for a world of peace in which his new-born son (John Fitzgerald) will not “be called on to give his life”… President-elect Kennedy returns home to Washington from Florida, with two live ducks as birthday gifts for his daughter, Caroline. He’ll soon head back Palm Beach. He wants to relax further in the vacation atmosphere and apparently finds it less distracting there while he works on establishment of a new administration… President-elect Kennedy tells 3-year old Caroline she now has a brother and she seemed quite pleased. The American Medical Assn. serves notice on President-elect Kennedy that it will marshal its “tremendous strength” in an effort to kill his proposed medical care for the aged program…

More Week of November 22, 1960 News - The Congolese army orders to pursue and capture fugitive ex-Premier Lumumba dag hammarskjold november 1960 news facts info timeline trivia mrpopculturebefore he can reach his political stronghold of Stanleyville. His flight raised the threat of civil war in this troubled nation…  The Soviet Union demands an end to the vast U.N. operation in the Congo on the ground and claims Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold had bankrupted the United Nations in order to pay for it… A weather satellite - Tiros II - is put into space and begins sending back pictures of cloud covers from its two television cameras. But, says NASA, the quality should be better and there seems to be a problem with a wide-angle lens… About 75 hooded Ku Klux Klansmen parade in front of Atlanta’s largest department store while Negroes picket on the other side of the street - in a answer to recent Negro lunch-counter sit-in protests. Some Negroes carried signs reading ‘Wear old clothes with dignity. Don’t buy here.” And “The presence of segregation is the absence of democracy. Jim Crow must go…

December 1 – The Soviet Union says it has fired its third space ship into orbit - this one containing two dogs and other animals, insects and plants. In Cuba, Prime Minister Castro’s personal physician and military aid is killed in a chase after rebels. Major Manuel Fajardo and his militia were pursuing five armed men had fled in a car .. In the confused firing, Fajardo was killed and three of his militiamen were wounded… British tailor Edward Woor of Carr, Son & Woor of London says that Vice- President elect Lyndon Johnson put in a rush order of suits, to be delivered by January 1. The suits are in Oxford gray, blue, brown, hairline gray and sporty – all are light-weight. Price - $147 each.. At Georgetown University Hospital - Mrs. John F. Kennedy gets to hold her baby son and feed him his bottle for the first time. Mrs. Kennedy and the baby are expected to join dad in Palm Beach… President Eisenhower meets with President-elect Kennedy on transition...

jimmy hoffa surrenders december 1960 facts info history mrpopculture timelineDecember 8 – Teamsters Union boss James R. Hoffa surrenders to federal authorities on charges of misusing union funds in a Florida land development scheme… John F. Kennedy Jr . is gaining weight and doing very well, according to Dr. C. Jennings Derrick – the baby’s new doctor. Just 13 days old - John F. Kennedy Jr. is baptized at  the chapel of Georgetown University Hospital. ..Armed invaders are reported to have landed on Cuba’s north coast near the town of Corrallilo, engaging government troops and militiamen in battle. Casualties are not known… Thousands of Negroes stage two prayer meetings and a mass march on the downtown Atlanta business section to bolster morale in their so far unsuccessful drive to integrate Atlanta eating establishments. Mrs. John F. Kennedy pays a call to Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower at the White House, where they toured the second and third floor living quarters. Mrs. Eisenhower says she was happy to do it…  Congo update - Rebels threaten to behead Belgian hostages as terrified white women and children flee behind U.N. bayonets in Stanleyville. Supporters of Patrice Lumumba declare they would begin killing hostages unless the leftist ex- premier was released by the Congolese army… Six anti-Castro Cubans are executed by firing squads, four of them for attempting to hijack a Cuban plane to Miami… President-elect Kennedy names Dean Rusk secretary of state, Chester Bowles undersecretary, and Adlai Stevenson ambassador to the United Nations…

December 15The United Nations General Assembly approves a declaration calling for an end to colonialism. The declaration was sponsored by 43 Afro-Asian countries and calls for “immediate steps” without any fixed time limit, to transfer power to the people of “colonial” territories without conditions or reservations and without distinction to race, creed or color… 18 European countries plus the United States and Canada sign a new trade pact and agree to establish a new Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The new body promises to promote co-operative trading and tariff practices throughout the free world and to coordinate members’ resources to help needy nations. It will begin operations when the ho chi minh december 1960 timeline facts history info mrpopculture timeline convention has been ratified by the parliaments of fifteen of the twenty members…  Ho Chi Minh, leader of the Republic of (North) Vietnam, organizes the National Liberation Front For the Liberation of South Vietnam (NLF), committing it to the overthrow of the U.S.-supported Ngo Dinh Diem regime of South Vietnam and the unification of Vietnam. The NLF (who were later called the Vietcong), are made up of over a dozen different political and religious groups. They will specialize in guerrilla tactics. (This is the very beginning of the Vietnam War era)…

More Week Of December 15, 1960 News - Trouble in Ethiopia, Laos and Nepal ... In Ethiopia - fighting breaks out in Addis Ababa after the overthrow of emperor Haile Selassie’s government forces including his son, Crown Prince Asfa Wassan, who is proclaimed king... In Laos, the U.S embassy and French hospital are hit by shellfire in Vientiane. Leftist troops shell the area while fleeing before anti-Communist forces. Americans and others flee the capital city as the civil war rages... Nepal - King Mahendra arrests his premier - B.P Koirala and the cabinet in the capital city of Katmandu and resumes full powers he relinquished last year… In Cuba - Rebels try to torch a television station, soon after a Castro broadcast denouncing anti-Communists and the United States. Station CMQ has its top-two floors burned. The United States places full blame on the Soviet Union for the bitter civil war in Laos and rejects a Soviet charge that this country is meddling in the international affairs of the Southeast Asian kingdom… A United Air Lines DC-8 jet and a Trans World Air Lines Super Constellation collide over New York City killing 135 people. One boy, 11-year-old Stephen Baltz of Illinois remains alive. The remains of the DC-8 fell on a Brooklyn neighborhood; the Constellation fell on a part of Staten Island. Rescuers found the boy in the street outside a row of houses. He is critically burned on the hands, arms, and chest and one leg is broken. He was able to tell officials his version of the accident. Later, Stephen died. Later, it’s revealed that the DC-8 was 11 miles off course. A passenger playing a transistor radio was a possible cause… Another disaster in New York City - So far, 48 are dead in a $75 million fire aboard the Navy’s largest conventionally powered aircraft carrier - the USS Constellation. The big boat was in the last stages of construction in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Flames and smoke trapped many workers. 225 are injured. Many were rescued by daring co-workers… . robert f kennedy named attorney general december 1960 timeline facts history mrpopculturePresident-elect Kennedy names Robert F. Kennedy as attorney general and C. Douglas Dillon, Republican undersecretary, as secretary of the Treasury. Also, Kennedy appoints Mrs. Elizabeth Smith of California, treasurer of the United States - the first woman named to a high position in the Kennedy administration…

December 22 - In Palm Beach - President-elect Kennedy and his family begin their Christmas celebration by trimming a 14-ft- high Christmas tree and topping it with a Santa Claus that lights up. Caroline (3) was permitted to stay up a little later on Christmas Eve… Soviet Premier Khrushchev says that the Soviet Union “has been giving and continues to give” support to the pro-Lumumba forces in the Congo. Meanwhile in Africa - a union of Ghana, Guinea and Mali is announced in a joint statement issued by the presidents of the three West African countries… In St. Peter’s Square, Pope John (79) gives his blessing to the world and wishes all men peace, a good Christmas and a happy new year… In Florida, President-elect Kennedy takes a look at the space program with separate conferences scheduled with key consultants. Kennedy contends the space program has been lagging. Rival civilian and military roles in this field were up for discussion… Laos - The government of Premier Prince Boun Oum announces that it has received intelligence reports that seven well-armed red North Vietnamese battalions had invaded northeast Laos and were attacking the border town of Nonget. Radio Hanoi broadcast a denial of the reported invasion…

Year 1960  In Technology News And Information

television 1960 supermarket tech history mrpopculture facts history timelineJanuary – Television sets at supermarket? A new kind of advertising in television is launched this week as New York independent station WNTA-TV (Channel 13) begins “Daywatch.” Broadcast from 9am to 6pm, Daywatch is a mix of background music with scrolled news, weather, time, household and beauty bits. Some 200 television sets have been installed at supermarkets around the metropolitan area, all tuned to channel 13 in the hopes that those waiting on shopping will watch short sponsor blurbs on products. The station hopes to double the number of television set installations by next month. WNTA-TV is charging $20 per each 10-second message. Sponsors already signed are Sunbeam, O’Codar Mops, Toni and Ready Whip. Channel 13 believes it can sign sponsors that wouldn’t ordinarily advertise or buy regular time on television or radio, but have a supermarket presence. A portion of the first day’s broadcast had beauty tips by Richard Willis, sports results, menu hints, best food buys, community bulletin board, shopping reminder, weather and news (in scroll). J. Fred Muggs (The chimp) appeared in segments for electric trains and dogs (daywatch puppies - watch them grow!). Some say if WNTA’s storevision is successful, advertisers will have a good gimmick for in-store promotion…

Scent comes to movie theaters? Now you can smell the action. Movie news - new this week with the movie "Behind The Great Wall" - "AromaRama " (A motion picture with scent) "It's here - the newest and most thrilling dimension in Motion Pictures... In sight - TotalScope ... In Sound - Stereophonic ... In Scent - AromaRama. At selected theaters”…

U.S. scientists make communications history by bounding a radio signal off a reflective balloon, floating 250 miles above earth. The sphere was hurled aloft in a two-stage rocket from Wallops Island, Virginia. It inflated into a balloon as high as a 10-story building. NASA will launch a similar sphere from Cape Canaveral in the spring as a communications satellite…

February - For the first time, scientists bounce a radar signal off the sun. Scientists at Stanford University's Radio science Laboratory reported that the signal took 17 minutes to return to earth, across 186 million miles of space…

March - The FCC orders Fresno, California – to be an all-UHF market. That means, Fresno’s only VHF station, channel 12 – KFRE-TV, must move off that channel. The FCC is proposing channel 53, but KFRE’s engineers believe good reception can be had from the present transmitter over Channel 30 and wants the FCC to at least change that channel allocation. KFRE-TV is owned by Walter Annenberg’s Triangle Publications. The FCC says that channel 12 will be moved to the Santa Barbara area…

Television 1960 facts history timeline mrpopculture imageApril - The United States places a picture-taking weather satellite into space - the first time for any country. The bird sent back a set of photos clearly showing the Gulf of St. Lawrence area. Said President Eisenhower - “A marvelous development.” The pictures were taken at an altitude of 450 miles by TV cameras. Name of the satellite - Tioros 1 (for television and infrared observation satellite)… Television news - local TV - National Telefilm Associates (NTA) becomes the fifth applicant for Philadelphia’s channel 12. Other applicants include WHYY inc. (an educational group and Metropolitan Broadcasting headed by John Kluge. Channel 12 went off the air in October, 1958 after Storer Broadcasting kept losing money on the operation. No one would buy the station, so Storer simply turned-in the license to the FCC…

May - Crosley Broadcasting televises the first evening baseball game in color this week in a game between the Cincinnati Redlegs and the San Francisco Giants from Crosely Field in Cincinnati. George Bryson and Frank McCormick handled the play-by-play. The game was broadcast by WLWT, Cincinnati; WLWD, Dayton; WSAZ-TV, Huntington, W. VA and WLEX-TV, Lexington, KY… America sends “Midas II - the world’s first military “spy-in-the-sky” - satellite into orbit around the earth. Its mission is to test a missile-detection system designed to prevent a space age Pearl Harbor…

June - Automobile news - Looks like that thing that charges your car battery, the generator, is being replaced by something called an alternator. The big difference is that an alternator is more efficient and is smaller in size. The first installation of the alternator was on the Chrysler Valiant line for 1960, but most new cars are expected to have one by mid-decade… Radio news - New source for revenue for struggling FM stations. The FCC issues grants 11 FM stations the rights to use a special kind of transmission, to serve doctor’s offices. “Doctor-casts” are background music-and-news programs furnished to doctors’ offices, hospitals and clinics by means of multi-plexed transmissions. Music can be muted for special advisory newscast on medical matters. NBC, which pioneered the new service over WRCA-FM (New York), plans to offer “doctor-casting” in some 16 metropolitan markets…

stan freeberg demonstrates am stereo radio history knx kmpc los angeles 1960 timeline facts mrpopcultureMore radio - Advertising guru Stan Freberg has a unique idea, transmitting a radio commercial in stereo, but Stan’s going to do it on two competing morning shows in Los Angeles. With the introduction of King-Sized Coca-Cola, the commercial will be broadcast on KMPC’s Dick Whittinghill show and KNX’s Bob Crane show. The commercial will utilize Freberg’s own creation of the “Famous Freedle Family Singers,” and will run simultaneously on both stations. You’ll need two AM radios, tuned to 710/ KMPC and 1070/ KNX - for the stereo effect…

Shopping By TV - Irving Kahn, president of TelePrompter Corp says that a new “shopping by TV” subscriber service will be tested this summer on Community Antenna Systems in Liberal, Kansas and Farmington, New Mexico. The subscriber will be able to order the merchandise by pressing a button…

July - Hughes Aircraft Co says that Dr Theodore H. Maiman has developed the LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) in a company research project in So California. Dr. Maiman says the device can, in principle, project a high intensity light beam to provide communication in space ... Increase the capacity of available communications channels and the device, while focused, could be used to dissect microscopic specimens or induce chemical or metallurgical changes in a surface… The Internal Revenue Service announces plans to set up an electronic computer center which will thumb through everyone’s income tax returns to spot cheaters and to speed up refunds to honest citizens. It will be installed near Matinsburg, W. VA and may begin operating in late 1961. The IRS hopes the computer center will be able to scan all tax returns by 1969… Sir Raymund Hart (61) - the inventor of radar, is electrocuted while accidentally plugging in an electrical lawn mower while standing barefooted. His son said the mower apparently became unplugged and Sir Raymund was electrocuted while trying to reconnect it. “And yet my father, a genius in electronics, made just such a mistake. In his work, he received dozens of electrical shocks and took no notice of them. Maybe he became careless, overconfident about electricity”… Sony introduces something called a, "Wireless Microphone" - instead of wires - radio waves are used. Check out the full explanation here.

elvis presley 33rpm single 1960 tech history facts timeline trivia music mrpopculturePhono Record news - Will the 45 survive? ... The industry is buzzing about the possibility of having one speed for records. So far this year, sales of 45rpm singles have been down. Some say it’s the cost of record players. The average cost is around $22.00. RCA is leading the way and is introducing 33rpm singles with its 45rpm counterparts. Columbia announces it will issue singles in 45rpm and 33rpm formats. Many are in favor of one speed fits all and that speed is 33. More to come…

August - Space news - Echo 1 - a kind of radio mirror, which should pave the way for a new type of worldwide communications, is launched. The satellite at about 1000 miles above the earth, reflected a radio message from President Eisenhower back to earth - successfully... Later, it beams back the first live telephone conversation via a reflector coast to coast. Also, the X-15 experimental craft is taken up to a record altitude of almost 25 miles. Pilot was Maj Robert White... The Census Bureau reports a record 88% of all homes in the U.S. have television sets. 11% have more than one TV…

mail fax postal service september 1960 facts history timeline mrpopculture tech triviaSeptember - Mail by fax? The post office in Chicago, through the use of new television-like facsimile machines, will begin to transmit letters to Washington DC, some 600 miles apart in less than 15 seconds! Called Fax Mail or Speed Mail, the service is expected to cost 7 cents a letter. In its first stages, the Washington-Chicago hookup will carry only official government mail while the Post Office Department gathers data on the results and gives a final check on the system. Congress would have to vote on funds for nationwide service. A customer would write his letter on a large writing sheet, which is folded into an envelope and dropped-off in a Post Office “secrecy” box…

December - The FCC approves a three-year pay television tryout in Hartford, CT. The approval is from an application filed by RKO and Zenith Radio Corp. The over- the-air experiment will air on Channel 18 there. The pay for play experiment will include movies, plays and other special programming…

Year 1960 Fascinating Facts

January Medical - Doctors at Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research in New York, say they have perfected a technique for implanting radioactive material into the lungs of persons with far advanced lung cancer. The technique involves injections of radioactive seeds through hollow needles. It is still too early to know whether the procedure prolongs life, but it is safe and has been found to deliver a high dose of radiation to the cancer… Did you know that David and ozzie and harriet ricky david nelson facts january 1960 timeline tv mrpopcultureRicky Nelson of "Ozzie and Harriet" are doing a separate trapeze act? They practice every night after they work on the television show….

February - Adolph Coors III , the wealthy brewer, vanishes from his blood-spotted car on a rural road near Denver. Coors' carryall wagon was found on a bridge with the motor still running. Blood was found on a seat and the bridge railing. His glasses and baseball cap were found on a creek bank below the bridge. Coors is the oldest of three brothers who operate the brewery plus the Coors Porcelain Company… John Kluge, president and chairman of the board of Metropolitan Broadcasting Corp., puts a valuation of his two New York stations - WNEW-AM and WNEW-TV at $30 million. That’s just the beginning. His WIP-AM, Philadelphia grossed $4.5 million last year. WTTG-TV in Washington did $4 million gross and KOVR, Sacramento - $3.5 million. His Foster and Kleiser outdoor advertising business did $14 million. Kluge has other radio and TV stations as well. In 1960, says Kluge, the combined Metropolitan facilities will gross $40 million… Henry Burns, better known as "Jonda the Great" a circus sideshowman, swallows an 18" neon tube, but bent over after swallowing all 18 inches. He's in satisfactory condition at a hospital in Honolulu… In Chicago, Hugh Hefner opens his first Playboy Club with a complete staff of Playboy Bunny waitresses to please those fortunate enough to be "Keyholders" (Playboy Club VIPs.) Before the end of the year, he has plans to open clubs in New York and Los Angeles…

arthur murray dance studios march 1960 facts history timeline mrpopcultureMarch - In Los Angeles - the state’s Attorney General is investigating why a cup of coffee - which used to  cost 10 cents a cup - is now 15 cents. They’re  checking into collusion among cafe owners and a  violation of the antitrust laws... Arthur Murray Dance studios charged with baiting customers - The FTC accuses Arthur Murray Inc of using bait  advertising and deceptive promotional schemes to lure “the innocent, unwary and unsuspecting” into buying dance lessons. The company licenses 450 dance studios under its name in this country and 10 foreign countries. The commission says offers of free dance lessons formed the basis for deceptive promotional schemes. Some of those schemes included telephone quizzes, crossword and lucky buck contests in newspapers, on radio and TV. It said the quizzes and contests were not bona fide but were “instead, a deceptive form of bait or decoy, attractive to the innocent, unwary and unsuspecting… Don’t miss “Are Children Really People?” on NBC-TV this Easter Sunday. The program features everything from a 70-piece marching band to a 12-year-old boy wrestling a 200-lb lion. None of the kids featured will be older than 12. Emcees are kid stars Jay (Dennis the Menace) North, Angela Cartwright of the Danny Thomas Show and Jerry Mathers of Leave It To Beaver…

conalrad test april 1960 civil defense facts history info timeline trivia mrpopcultureApril - Get ready – CONELRAD TEST - The Civil Defense “Operation Alert - 1960” - the most elaborate Civil Defense test ever, is scheduled for May 3 at 1:00pm eastern time. As part of the test, all regular radio and television broadcast schedules will cease during the 30-minute CONELRAD test. Listeners will be asked to tune to either 640 or 1240 on the AM dial for news and info in the test. Before signing off - stations will have this announcement - “For the next 30 minutes, this station will discontinue its regular programming to co-operate with the United States government in testing the Conelrad emergency broadcast system.” A high-pitched tone will be heard for 15- seconds. Then announcers will say - “This station now, leaves the air to co- operate with the United States government in conducting a Conelrad drill. Please turn your radio to 640 or 1240 kilocycles for a special Civil Defense program. Normal broadcasting will be resumed in approximately 30 minutes”…

Friday Nights On ABC-TV - "Walt Disney Presents"

Fashion News 1960 - Women’s swim suit styles – the maillot - a sheath-smooth suit with fitted or “boy” legs is hot in boldly striped knots, elasticized fabrics and novelties. Another old favorite returns - the tank suit . It’s popular with small-sized woman, juniors and the teen crowd. Many swim suits come to low “V’s” or deep “U’s” in the front and bare as low as possible in the back. For guys and gals - the swim ensemble is in - matched or contrasting shirts, jackets, full skirts, hooded shirts, Hawaiian-type tea-time tops, over blouses of every style and variety and baby-doll shirts are significant “go-withs” in mermaid ensembles… Wash and Wear - no ironing ... good news for men is the new Dectolene shirt. Requires no ironing and now comes in wash-wear - needs “no touch-up with the iron… Male students are adopting suits for everyday wear. Also notable, is the wider use of conservative sports jackets and slacks combinations. Ivy is the style leader. Suit trousers and slacks, while still trim; no longer look so “skinny.” Flannel worsteds seem to be the prime suit fabric favorites. Color tones are dominated by the newly favored olive shades and olives mixed with browns, tans, blues, grays and golds. Fabric favorites this season are shetlands, hopsacks and heavy tweeds. A high-note is the “sports suit” - a sports jacket with matching or harmonizing trousers and vest. With this, a jacket can be worn with the matching trousers or with any appropriate slacks in the scholar’s busy wardrobe….

steve allen tv history april 1960 timeline facts history mrpopcultureMore April - Steve Allen , one of television’s top stars, no longer wants to do a weekly show, but tells NBC once a month is OK. He says he wants to do other things, but Steve says he sees enormous potential for educational TV. He wanted to do a skit on his variety show, titled, “Meeting of the Minds” wherein actors portray great thinkers of the past for a (think-tank) kind- of-session, but NBC said it didn’t fit his kind of comedy- variety show. He says he would never give up television all together…

Really making waves - Joseph Hanna and William Barbera, dropped from the MGM after 20 years, began their own cartoon firm several years ago. MGM dropped them, because their “Tom and Jerry” cartoons were making so much money in reruns, they no longer needed continuous new product. What they developed was a new, streamlined cartoon made especially for television. The drawing process may have been streamlined, but the characters and writing are first rate - witty and funny. And now “Quick Draw McGraw” and “Huckleberry Hound” are hugely successful and usually pull near or top ratings in their time slots. (This is only the beginning for Hanna Barbera)….

nixon on susskind tv history may 1960 wnta-tv facts timeline mrpopcultureMay - The Trampoline is the in thing these days and some say it’s here to stay. Says one manufacturer - “This is more than a fad. Kids would use pogo sticks for a few hours, then put them away and forget about them. But the trampoline is always there…  Vice President Richard M. Nixon is a guest on David Susskind’s “Open End” program. The program is seen live in the New York area over WNTA-TV (Channel 13) and is taped for syndication around the country, to be seen next week. The program can last for hours - it officially doesn’t have a stop time. This one lasted 3 hours and 45 minutes! Some of the topics - the summit conference (Nixon says “surprise attack should be placed at the top of the agenda”), The U-2 spy disclosure (Nixon says “I was privy to it and I do endorse it”) and the range of his career…

June - In a Gallup Poll, most Americans would favor a law, which would require communities to build public fall-out or bomb shelters… First Lady Mamie Eisenhower is being treated for “acute asthmatic bronchitis” in Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington…  Broadway closes - Actors Equity launches it’s first strike in 41 years, with every show on Broadway expected to close. Mayor Robert F. Wagner made a futile last-minute effort to get the actors and producers together. All in all - 22 shows are shut down including Jackie Gleason’s “Take Me Along”… More Television News - Alvin Rodecker (60), a Detroit businessman, dies after being struck with an 8-lb dumbbell which fell eight stories from the apartment of actress Arlene Francis and her husband. Rodecker and his wife were celebrating his 60 th birthday when he was struck on the sidewalk. Police say the dumbbell was one of two used to hold a screen in the window. A maid and a secretary were removing the dumbbells preparatory to cleaning the screen when one of them slipped off the window. Ms. Francis and her husband, theatrical producer Martin Gabel, were at their summer home in Mt. Kisco at the time… Thirty volunteers test to live in a bomb shelter in an experiment to see what the effects of living so close together might be. The group includes several families ranging from 7 to 72. So far in the two-week test, no health problems have occurred. The only casualties have been a woman splashed with hot coffee and a girl who touched a hot lightbulb. There is only one toilet in the 12 by 20ft shelter. A tape-recorder reveals the most popular recreation is talking, along with chess and checkers… Disneyland opens “Nature’s Wonderland,” featuring dozens of mechanical, life-like animals. Features include a big mountain cat climbing a tree, howling coyotes, a mountain lion with lighted eyes, peering out of a dark cave. There are a total of 204 animated animals in their natural habitat. The attraction is part of Frontierland and is viewed from the Western Mind Train of from pack mules. Disneyland now has 45 major attractions - up from just 22 on opening day in 1955… The Census Bureau confirms that Los Angeles is now the second largest metropolitan city, nosing out Chicago…

freedom land opens june 1960 timeline facts history bronx mrpopcultureEast Coast Disneyland Opens – Well – Sort Of - Freedomland, the new $66 million 205-acre amusement park, opens in the Bronx. Opening day had an official admission of 61,500 people with nearly an equal number unable to get in the park. Normal admission is $1 for adults and 75 cents for children and a combination, which includes admission and nine rides, is $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for children. Freedomland with its recreations of “old” cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco, is the second theme park to open after Disneyland. All the rides seem to be popular, but one that seems to stand out is the Civil War ride in which wagons bearing a flag of truce, ride between the Union and Confederate lines with sound and fire effects, giving an atmosphere of realism…. Johnny Horton has cut a new record in honor of the new park - "Johnny Freedom" and July 16 will be designated "Johnny Horton Day" at "Freedomland."

More June 1960 Fascinating FactsDisneyland and Buena Vista ( both Disney companies) are lining up new product with a $150 thousand “ Win A Trip to Disneyland” contest. Every Disneyland record shipped through December of this year will carry the identifying symbol, “Donald Duck’s Trip To Disneyland” contest and an entry blank will be packaged with every record. There will be a total of 1.080 prizes including 40 all-expense one-week trips to Disneyland for consumers and 10 trips for dealers. Contest will close January 5, 1961... Disneyland Records is launching a new album series titled “Magic Wipe-Off’s” where the back of each record album jacket is actually a “Magic Wipe-Off’” board backing, printed with scenes from a story. Special crayons are also included…

 

mike nichols elaine may 1960 timeline facts mrpopculture imageMore June 1960 - TV Sponors Problem - Mike Nichols and Elaine May were suppose to perform on the Emmy telecast, but didn’t. Seems there was a sponsor disagreement over a sketch they were to perform. They planned a sketch with “the maturity and dignity of television,” ending at a point where Miss May pulled off a wig, disclosing her hair in home permanent curlers. The sponsor didn’t like it and the couple pulled out. .. More TV sponsor fiddling - Ross Martin (left), who portrays Andamo of “Mr. Lucky,” says that sponsors are taking the art out of television by eliminating the truth. Mr. Lucky originally evolved around the intrigue and flavor existing from a gambling ship. But, says Martin, a small number of letters reached CBS and prompted a reorganization of the format. “Now, without gambling, which was supposed to be a menace to young viewers according to this pressure group, we have a (gun) shooting practically every week. Before, with gambling, there was little shooting at all and Lucky and myself didn’t even carry a gun.

In Baltimore - Johns Hopkins doctors say they have developed a simple method for restoring heart beat by applying pressure on the chest. The technique is now standard procedure in the Hopkins operating room. In 72% of the cases, patients were restored to their former condition and survived. Local firemen have been taught the method and are beginning to save lives on the spot. The operator places one of his hands over the other with the heel of the lower hand resting on the lower part of the patient’s breastbone. Firm pressure is applied about once a second, using body weight if necessary to move the breastbone down about an inch toward the spine. At the end of each stroke, the hands are lifted to allow the chest full expansion. The technique has been kept up as long as an hour and 10 minutes without evidence of harm to chest or heart. The team, which worked out the method, includes Dr W. B Kouwenhoven, Dr James R Jude and G. Guy Knickerbocker…

July - Gene Roddenberry - a bright new writer says “the primary purpose of the television writer is to write good entertainment. Television’s main function is to relieve the viewer. They are not paying $4.40 for a theater ticket to watch something which carries a great, powerful message. The majority want relaxation, something light. This is what TV does well.” Roddenberry, who is producing TV pilots for Screen Gems, believes that heavy-handed censorship and control are television’s greatest evils and that real mccoys july 1960 walter brennan tv history facts timeline mrpopculture image networks and sponsors submit to small pressure groups… Walter Brennan, star of “The Real McCoys” says he shuns personal appearances. “I never go for p.a.’s. I always think the least you’re seen, the better thought of.” So far, he’s done 107 Real McCloy episodes. Brennan says it took two years for him to do it: “They’d call up all hours of the day and night. I kept telling them to get someone else, they kept on insisting it had to be me. One night the phone rang around 11 O’Clock. Mrs. Brennan said: ‘It’s that Irving Pincus again.’ I told her that I’d fix this guy; I’ll tell him I’ll do it.” Brennan said it took 12 minutes to sell the series, which is Brennan-Westgate Production… Young Americans For Freedom (YAF) is founded. YAF was created to challenge the communist thought on college campuses and throughout the world. One of its founders is William F.  Buckley…

1960 august radio station news facts history mrpopculture timeline August - Radio - It was thought to be dead only 8 years ago, but today, there is an incredible resurgence. Station valuations are in the stratosphere. It’s said that there was an offer made on WNEW recently for $15 million. J. Elroy McGaw, who owns WINS, New York, could fetch $10 million for his station, which he bought for just under $500,000 seven years ago. McGaw believes that New York’s top 8 stations could fetch anywhere from $10 million to $12 million (with WNEW being the exception). How high is up?... Best-dressed men - Cary Grant , Clark Gable and Walter Pidgeon are listed by Esquire magazine among the 40 best-dressed men in the U.S.A. Others on the list are former Secretary of State Dean Acheson, publisher David Tennant Bryan, frozen foods king John Seabrook and Fred Astaire. Esquire noted that since Beau Brummell mixed champagne in his boot polish 150 years back, the Beau’s studied carelessness in dress is still a keynote of today’s well- dressed man…

September - Alcatraz - Inmates of the famed prison stage a work stoppage, but there was no disorder, according to warden Paul Madigan. Inmates are in their cells. Cause of the work stoppage is unknown at this time. No special demands or requests have been made… The first party of an expedition by Sir Edmund Hilary , New Zealand mountain climber, leaves Katmandu to scour the Himalayas for the legendary abominable snowman. Special flash attachments and trip wires will be used at night in an effort to capture the snowman - said to be a hairy creature, half man, half- bear… Charlie Johns, a Sneedville, Tennessee man whose marriage to a 9-year-old girl in 1937 created a sensation in 1937, takes his new son-in-law to court on charges of abducting his 17 year-old daughter. John Antrican (20) is accused of luring Evelyn Jeans from the family’s farm home. The couple was married the next day. The new bride says “he married mama when she was only 9 years-old. I don’t think he ought to think all that bad of us.” The marriage in 1937 attracted national attention causing the Tennessee Legislation to enact a law fixing 16 as the minimum age for marriage… Near San Diego, Gene Fowler (21) is recuperating after he placed a 2-inch firecracker in his mouth for a prank but accidentally jackie kennedy facts history september 1960 timeline mrpopcultureswallowed it. The lighted firecracker blew a penny-sized hole in his throat… There’s a controversy raging over whether Jackie Kennedy pays more for her clothes than Mrs. Nixon pays for hers. Jackie tells a gathering “there are so many more important issues - mainly whether my husband would make a good President. I have no desire to be drawn into a controversy with Mrs. Nixon.” Pat Nixon doesn’t want to get involved. She tells reporters “I have no comment on what Mrs. Kennedy says or wears.” Reporters told Mrs. Nixon of Mrs. Kennedy’s protest that she is being picked on for her costly chic clothes and “floor-mop” hairdo. Says Mrs. Nixon - “I don’t criticize other woman ... I’ve made it a practice not to.” Earlier in the week - Jackie Kennedy told reporters “I’m sure I spend less Than Mrs. Nixon on clothes. She gets hers at Elizabeth Arden and nothing there costs less than $200 or $300. Pat Nixon did admit she has a few gowns from there, but nothing else…

More September Fascinating Facts - Kid’s TV - Kids television - In most cities, local cartoon hosts adorn the dials. They’re local celebrities, making appearances everywhere from schools to shopping centers. Check out our local television logs throughout this decade for some of the best wnta-tv 1960 personalities jimmy nelson studio 99 history timeline mrpopcultureknown. One of our favorite cities - New York - debuts two new cartoon hosts this week. The first is Jimmy Nelson , ventriloquist. He’s known nationally for his television appearances, and as the spokesman for NESTLES - “Nestles makes the very best chocolate.” Jimmy’s new show is called “Studio 99 1/2.” over WNTA-TV (Channel 13). It’s a show about a wacky TV studio. A press release says “Jimmy stars in the new Studio 99 1/2 Every day at 5:30pm. Meet the puppet cast; M. Inmar Megahphone - a hot-tempered TV Director; David Sommkind, a TV producer; Fuzzy Focus, a near-sighted cameraman; Six-Gun Sidney, a TV cowboy star; Bently Hickley, a newscaster who gets news first but seldom straight”… tommy seven debuts - wabc tv ny timeline september 1960 mrpopculture imageAlso debuting this week in the Big Apple - “Tommy Seven” on channel 7. He’s a TV clown with lots of surprises, a pushcart loaded with fun and a great theme song to the tune of “The Sidewalks of New York.” Ed Bakey is “Tommy Seven.” Look for him from 6:15pm to 7:00pm on WABC-TV… TV show “This Is Your Life” faked - Abraham Hahn files suit against NBC, complaining television’s “This is Your Life” painted a “fake” picture of a happy home life at the same time he was suing his wife for divorce. Mrs. Hahn was the subject of the program, a special Mother’s Day show, depicting her sacrifices for her children. Hahn says the facts were that he had sued his wife for divorce in February on charges she deserted him; Mrs. Hahn had taken their 18- year-old daughter into court because she was “uncontrollable” and their 21 year- old son had left home. He said he had not lived with his wife since 1955 although the program depicted the Hahns as a happy American family. “I’m not going to make believe everything is all right when it is not. It was one of these fake programs and I’m sick of it.” Hahn contends that NBC was aware of his family troubles but permitted the show to go on. He seeks $500 thousand in damages…

October - Trends - flapjacks - pancakes. The old standby is as popular as ever for breakfast and dinner! Pancake Houses are dotting the land from San Francisco to Maine. Drugstore counters compete with variations of flapjack/pancake breakfasts ... Churches are giving pancake suppers again! Look for a “Pancake House” near you. 32 exist now with 45 by the end of the year around the country… On a dare from his beer-drinking buddies, Edward Quigley, (25) jumps 133 ft. off the Brooklyn Bridge and lives to tell the tale. Quigley boasted to his friends that he had jumped off the bridge recently. His friends scoffed at the claimA new craze/trend in Britain - Young men are buying fake beards for evening wears. You name it - Van Dykes, moustaches, sideburns. Buyers are mostly young men in their late teens or early 20’s. Usually, they can’t grow their own because of the boss etc. So at night, it’s a different story. An 18-year-old office worker was browsing through a selection of moustaches. He tried on a big bushy one. “Doesn’t suit my face.” He eventually settled on a Clark Gable style. “This is far better - gives me a bit of class. That’s what the girls like - they’ll really go for me now Radio news - station WMCA New York declares it has become the first radio station to present a radio editorial endorsing a candidate for President. The station broadcast an endorsement of Senator John F. Kennedy, which was read by Nathan Straus, chairman of the board of WMCA and WBNY, Buffalo. The station said it received a lot of calls and that many persons charged the station with “unfair use of the airwaves.” WMCA has been presenting editorials since 1954 and is known to take stands on local political issues and candidates…

Top TV Shows November, 1960

Gunsmoke - 36.3

Wagon Train - 33.0

Have Gun Will Travel - 32.3

Debbie Reynolds special - 29.7

Real McCoys - 23.6

 

Rawhide - 27.2

Untouchables - 27.0

Bonanza - 26.9

Danny Kaye - 26.9

77 Sunset Strip - 26.8

Perry Mason - 26.1

Price is Right - 25.7

Danny Thomas - 25.2

My Three Sons - 25.2

Lawman - 24.1

 

November  1960 More Pop Culture News:

Teen Language/Teen Slang/Teen talk Some put-him-in-his-face words used by teens :

Clod, square, bubblehead, cube, flimp, knot head, knuckle-head and kunch.

For the ladies - Zelda is the current expression of a square

A cold biscuit doesn’t have sex appeal.

Words of praise include blip, bong, choice, groovy, munch, mellow, sanitary and wild.

Another cool word is terrifidackulous.

Crack up - to laugh at. “you crack me up” “you’re a crack-up

Cut - a sharp, insulting remark

Lumpy or possibly lumpy - unsuccessful, unsatisfactory

Night People - a non-conformist

Leave a Strip - break your car fast.

Snoff - A girl you see, say once a week - not a steady.

Spas (pronounced Spaaz) - short for spastic

More November 1960 Fascinating Facts mrtimeline:

Detroit loses a newspaper - the Detroit News purchases the Detroit Times – an afternoon rival. The Times will be closed and circulation will be added to the Detroit News. Hearst executives say they “regret at leaving Detroit” after nearly 40 years of publication. The only rival to the Times is the Detroit Free Press…

Jackie Kennedy announces that her inaugural gown will be made by Bergdorf Goodman of New York City from her own suggestions and sketches. Though she has not received any finished designs, she expects to make a decision within 10 shirley temple dolls november 1960 timeline mrpopculture facts triviadays… Hollywood news - Shirley Temple Black dedicates a collection of 532 famous dolls to the California Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles. Black said she wants all children to have the chance to enjoy them. The collection is an accumulation of dolls of all sizes and shapes from around the world, sent by her fans…

December - Teen girls in the Midwest (and probably everywhere in the United States) sound off about what they think of boys their age. Said one - “Boys think they know everything there is to know. They think they’ve got the world on a string because they can own a car; be the one to ask for dates, hold a job so they can flash a buck. They act like they are doing the girls a favor to date them.” Said another - “If you go out with a boy a couple of times, he acts though he owns you. He demands too much.” Most girls are aware that boys lag behind them, generally, in maturity during the early teen years. They regard drinking, smoking, use of vulgar language and speeding in cars… “Pure Coffee Nectar - New Chase & Sanborn captures the pure coffee nectar ... the richness that’s been missing up ‘til now.” Chase & Sanborn coffee - in the bright new jar… Are you a kook or beatnik? - are you kookie? Yes, that’s a major saying these days. Well, the average person may not be able to tell a kook from a beatnik, but it’s said a kook can spot a kook. The beatnik, a European import, was always sort of dull, dirty and depressed. A kook is a kind of cleaned-up all-American version of the stylish young bum that has turned-up all over Europe. But, sometimes, you just can’t tell. Here’s the scene, man - can you dig it? ... Between 20 and 35 years old will do. The American kook is tall, handsome and healthy about everything, including drinking and sex. He is also unique, amusing, offbeat, totally non-conformist, fiercely individual and completely disinterested in the national scramble for the almighty dollar. You’ll find them everywhere, but they love to hug the coast, going in for loafing, surf riding, beer drinking and progressive jazz. Dress is  barefoot. A kookie girl likes surfers, pants tight below the knees and cotton knit shirt with hood attached. Her hairdo is short and chewed off like Shirley MacLaine’s. Kookie…

 

Year 1960 In Sports News

roy campenella 1960 trivia january timeline campys corner radio facts history mrpopculture timelineJanuary – Former Dodger catcher Roy Campanella premieres a television version of his "Campy's Corner" this week over WPIX-TV (channel 11) in New York City. The show is full of sports facts, analysis and anecdotes. Chris Schenkel is the moderator for the series… The West beats the East 38-21 in the annual Pro Bowl gameNow at bookstores - sportscaster Bill Stern’s autobiography “The Taste of Ashes.” Stern recounts is ascendance to become the most popular sports announcer in the nation and how a stroke and brain operation in 1956 left him partially paralyzed, blind and with his memory impaired… Wilt (The Stilt) Chamberlain, basketball player for the Philadelphia Warriors, will make his record bow on George Goldner’s End label. His first 45rpm single will be “By the River” back with “That’s Easy to Say”…  Becomes highest-paid player in baseball - The San Francisco Giants announce that Willie Mays is getting a raise - to $85,000 - $5000 more than last year. "The Say-Hay Kid" batted .313 in 151 games last season, hitting 34 home runs and leading the National League for the fourth straight year in stolen bases with a total of 27  Peter Rozelle, general manager of football's Los Angeles Rams, is named commissioner of the baseball's National League ... Jackie Jensen, Boston Red Sox outfielder, announces he is quitting baseball. In 1958, he was the American League's most valuable player…

February - The VIII Olympic Winter Games open in Squaw Valley California with 15,000 on hand. Two inches of snow fell to the ground just before opening, stalling traffic and limiting the attendance. On hand - Vice President Richard Nixon… Philadelphia Warrior star Wilt Chamberlain isn't happy about how the NBA officiates. "The National Basketball Assn. has two standards of officiating: one for the league as a whole; another for me, Wilt Chamberlain." In a signed article in the new issue of Look magazine, he wrote the NBA officials do not call fouls committed against him on the same basis as they do for the league's other players. The National Boxing Association vacates Archie Moore's world light-heavyweight championship "for his failure to defend within the prescribed six-month period." The New York commission, which doesn't belong to the NBA, will allow the title to carol heiss winter games squaw valley facts history february 1960 timeline mrpopculture triviastand… Winter games at Squaw ValleyCarol Heiss – a New York coed, wins the women's figure skating championship with a 1,490.1 total. She's the first U.S. gold medal winner at the games... Later, David Jenkins stages a come-from-behind victory in the VIII Olympic Winter games Men's figure skating championship - giving the U.S. its second gold medal… 

March - The National Boxing Assn. reinstalls Archie Moore (45) as world light-heavyweight champion. The NBA had his title vacated in February for his failure to defend within the required six-month period. The boxer must defend his 175-lb crown against Erich Schoeppner of Germany with the winner going against Harold Johnson of Philadelphia within 90 days … - Roy Campanella checks into Dodgertown in Florida to conduct clinics for catchers…  New cartoon in syndication – “Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse.” Now available – 130 full action episodes in color! … King Features Syndicate is releasing 208 all-new  episodes of Popeye this fall.  Stations carrying Popeye now couldn’t be happier. Says Fred Thrower of WPIX-TV, New York: “I consider  Popeye the granddaddy of them all. We’ve made plenty of spinach with this one”…  

April -  Arnold Palmer wins the Masters in August by a stroke. He wins $17,500. Second is Ken Venturi…  The San Francisco Giants make their debut at Candlestick Park this week before a capacity crowd of 42,500. The crowd included Vice President Richard Nixon, Gov Edmund (Pat) Brown and baseball commissioner Ford Frick. The Giants played the St. Louis Cardinals…  Led by Jean Beliveau, the Montreal Canadians sweep their fifth consecutive Stanley Cup with a 4- 0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’s the first time any National Hockey League team has won the cup five times in a row…

May -  Billy Martin of the Cincinnati Reds promises he’ll “get revenge” on Gene Conley, the Philadelphia Phillies pitcher who socked him in the eye during a free-for-all last Sunday “I’ll fight Conley any time. He’s so big, I might need a stool to belt him in the face. But I’ll get my opportunity”… Boxing - lightweight Marvin (Candy) McFarland, wins a non-title unanimous 10- round decision over welterweight champ Don Jordan at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Sugar Ray Robinson was also on the ticket. He had may 1960 baseball don cardwell chicago sports trivia timeline mrpopculturebeen scheduled to meet Pedro Gonzales in another 10-round feature, but failed to show… Chicago Cub pitcher Don Cardwell hurls a no-hitter beating the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 in the second game of a double-header. He missed a perfect game after issuing one walk. It was his debut performance with the Cubs. He spent three years with the Philadelphia Phillies… While being shipped to Cleveland - the New York Yankees playing equipment is broken into. Six baseball caps and Mickey Mantle’s pet glove are stolen. Says Mantle - “I’ll give $100 reward and ask no questions if I can get back the glove. It was my game glove, the one I had broken in. It was one of the best I’ve ever had”…

June - ABC-TV closes a deal with the American Football league. The 5-year pact says ABC will pay $125,000 for each of 17 games broadcast per year or $2,125,000 per year… Dutch Dotterer hits a grand slam homerun off of Sandy Koufax, getting a 4-3 Cincinnati win over the Los Angeles Dodgers… And just think - everyone thought Ben Hogan had it wrapped up, but Arnold Palmer comes from 7 strokes behind in the final round and ends-up with a 6 under par - winning the National Open in Denver. Ben Hogan triple-bogeyed the final hole… Boxing - Floyd Patterson floors Ingemar Johansson twice in the fifth round in the New York Polo Grounds, becoming the first man in ring history to recapture the world heavyweight championship…

Fastest pitchers in major league baseball:

Steve Barber - Baltimore Orioles - 95.55mph

don drysdale facts history june 1960 baseball facts trivia timeline mrpopcultureDon Drysdale - Los Angeles Dodgers - 95.31mph

Sandy Koufax - Los Angeles - 93.20

Ryne Duren - New York Yankees - 91.16

Herb Score - Chicago White Sox - 91.08

Bob Turley - New York Yankees - 90.75

July - All-Star game - Willy Mays hits a homer and two singles with Stan MusialEddie Mathews (Milwaukee Braves) and Ken Boyer each hitting hone runs as the National League sweeps to a 6-0 victory over the American League… In Baseball, players in the major leagues vote in favor of having two all-star games next year – San Francisco in July and Boston in August. Two all-  star games were played last year and this year. A portion of the receipts of both games goes to the players’ pension fund…

August - Baseball – The Continental league dies, making room for the National and American Leagues to add two teams each for 1961. Formed last year, the league never played a game. President  Branch Rickey of the Continental withdrew his group’s immediate bid for recognition as a third major baseball league by agreeing to a plan enabling the American and National Leagues to select four clubs from the Continental’s potential territory. This territory includes - Minneapolis-St. Paul, Buffalo, Houston, Buffalo, Denver, Atlanta, Dallas-Ft. Worth and New York…. Cincy infielder Billy Martin socks Chicago Cubs rookie pitcher Jim Brewer in the eye, because he thought Brewer was aiming at his head. The one punch put Brewer out of the game for possibly a month. “I’m sorry now that it happened. Nobody’s going to throw at my head again…He started saying some things to me when I got out there and giving me a lot of mouth, so I hit him. If he’d kept quiet, nothing would have happened…. Jim jim mckay 1960 cbs sports trivia timeline september mrpopcutlureMcKay is tapped as anchor for CBS’s Summer Olympics coverage in Rome. McKay will operate out of New York, handling the narration on tapes flown in for same-night and night-after coverage. He’s been doing occasional sports assignments for the past three years, but not fulltime because of his status as narrator of CBS-TV’s  “Verdict is Yours.” Recently, that show moved to the West Coast, and now McKay is doing fulltime sports for the network… Mel Allen, sometimes called the voice of the Yankees, will do the play-by-play of the New York Giants football team over CBS radio… The 17th Olympic games open in Rome. President Giovani Gronchi of Italy opened the games under a hot late-afternoon sun. 4000 athletes from 83 nations formed a rainbow hued background in the two-hour ceremony... Later, the U.S. gets its first gold medal as blond Gary Tobian scores 170 points in the diving competition…

September - Rome Games - Glenn Davis, Cliff Cushman and Dick Howard win gold medals for the U.S. in track… Mickey Thompson hits 372.67mph at the Bonneville salt bed racecourse - his fastest speed ever… Ohio State’s Jerry Lucus, scored 25 points, leaving the United States to score a 90-63 victory over Brazil to win the Olympic basketball championship in Rome… The eight-team American Football League, rival to the NFL, begins. The AFL consists of The Boston Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Houston ted williams quits baseball september 1960 timeline trivia mrpopculture image Oilers, New York Titans, Dallas Texans, Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers… Baseball’s Ted Williams calls it quits after hitting homerun #521. ABC says it is interested in hiring Williams for one of its special sports shows…

October – The Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series over the New York Yankees. Pitssburgh’s Bill Mazeroski slammed a ninth-inning homer over the left field wall at Forbes… The NBA grants franchises to Chicago and Pittsburgh for the ’61-’62 season… Trends – Ever since the Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley this year, there’s more interest in figure skating…  Houston and New York City are granted National League franchises in line with an expansion program to 10 teams effective for the 1962 season ... Paul Richards of the Baltimore Orioles is named the American League manager of the year by United Press International… Casey Stengel, the most successful baseball manager, is fired by the New York Yankees because of his age (70). Casey says he is “just as good as I ever was.” It brings to an end - a remarkable 12-year-career with the club… Alvin Dark, former team captain and shortstop with the New York Giants, is named manager of the San Francisco Giants… Baseball expansion - Southern California will have an American League baseball team in 1961. Washington is set to get the other AL team… Johnny Unitas passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns as the Baltimore Colts crush the Dallas Cowboys 45-7. It’ the sixth straight loss for Dallas…

roger maris al most valuable player november 1960 baseball trivia timeline mrpopcultureNovember - Slugging outfielder Roger Maris is named the American League’s most valuable player for 1960, edging Yankee teammate Mickey Mantle. The #1 college football team in the country is Minnesota according to AP… Pittsburgh shortstop Dick Groat is named most valuable player in the National League with a batting average of .325. Runners-up include teammate Don Hoak, Willie Mays of San Francisco, Ernie Banks, Chicago and Lindy McDaniel of St. Louis… College sports - #1 Missouri is blasted at home by Kansas 23-7. Bert Coan scores 2 touchdowns (later, this game is forfeited as Coan is declared ineligible)…

December - Quarterback Jack Kemp - who scored a pair of touchdowns and passed for three others for the Los Angeles Chargers, is named AFL’s Player of the week on offense by sports writers… Columbia Pictures sells 200 post-1948 films to television. The lot includes “The Caine Muntiny” - with Humphrey Bogard, Van Johnson and Fred MacMurry; “Death Of A Salesman” with Frederic March, “All The King’s Men” with Broderick Crawford and “The Last Harrah” with Spencer Tracy. The deal is with the five CBS- owned stations…  Green Bay Packer coach Vince Lombardi receives his first reward this week. He’s named head coach of the Western Conference squad for the 11th annual All-Star Pro Bowl Jan.15. This week, Lombardi places the Packers into the National Football League championship play-offs by beating the Los Angeles Rams. It’s the first Western Division title for the Packers since 1944… The Philadelphia Eagles win the National Football League championship 17-13 over the Green Bay Packers…

More 1960 Pop Culture Including Radio/DJ News

January – Payola Update - Music news - Following charges lodged against RCA records and eight others last month, the Federal Trade Commission accuses 15 record  manufacturers and distributors of giving illegal payola to radio and television disc jockeys. In all cases, the companies were alleged to have given disc jockeys money or other valuable considerations to "expose" their recordings. The FTC defines "exposure" as playing a record day after day, sometimes as much as 6 to 10 times daily, boosting its sales by creating the impression that it is popular. The FTC says "this deception tends to mislead purchasers into buying the exposed records which they might not otherwise have purchased and also to advance these recordings in popularity polls, which in turn tends to increase their sales substantially." "These payoffs are unfair methods of competition forbidden by FTC Act because they have the capacity to suppress competition and to divert trade unfairly from respondents' competitors. Some of the manufacturers named in this week's complaints are: Fury Records Inc., Laurie Records Inc., Abel dick clark selling record industry assets january 1960 payola facts timeline music mrpopcultureProductions Inc., Roulette Records Inc. and Atlantic Recording Corp. all of New York City… Payola Related - Dick Clark selling his record industry assets – The "American Bandstand" host sells three music publishing concerns - Sea Lark, January and Arch Music plus the Mallard Record Pressing Corporation in Philadelphia. Clark had purchased the plant with Bernie Lowe. He agreed to get rid of the concerns in an agreement with ABC-TV. Some thought the publishing firms and record pressing plant had an edge with Clark hosting the popular afternoon show. The publishing firms had a number of hits including "16 Candles," "At The Hop" and others, which were once featured on "Bandstand”… Speaking of Dick Clark, on American Bandstand this week, Clark invites his “American Bandstand” viewers to "name the mascot" of his new movie - "Because They're Young." It's in association with "American Bandstand" sponsor Beechnut gum. Send your entry, along with five wrappers from Beechnut. The mascot happens to be a basset hound. If your entry is chosen, you get to go to the movie premiere dinner with Dick Clark and the film cast. Plus, you'll receive 100 free first-night tickets and a new swimming pool. 1,146 runner-up prizes include a sports car, 50 Voice-of- Music Hi-Fi systems, Channel Master transistor radios , Dick Clark record albums, movie projectors and cameras… With payola issues going strong – some broadcast companies feel they should buy their records - instead of getting free promotion copies from record companies. Usually radio stations get serviced by record companies with these copies, in the hopes of getting airplay. This week, The Triangle Publications stations, will buy all 45's and LP's for its five radio and six television stations. Triangle also owns WFIL-TV (channel 6) in Philadelphia - the same station which produces "American Bandstand.". The ruling applies to all disc shows, including "Bandstand"…

payola fallout radio february 1960 trivia facts timeline mrpopcultureJanuary - More Payola Update - Payola fallout - Balaban Broadcasting - owners of high-profile top-40 stations WIL (1430) in St. Louis, WRIT (1340)- Milwaukee and KBOX (1480) in Dallas, say they have hired persons to monitor each station, enabling management to "immediately detect any deviations from prescribed practices or extraneous comments by air personnel." Each station will hire a monitor-researcher, with a location away from the studios. That person will determine adherence to commercial controls established by the stations, advertising agencies and the FTC adherence to planned musical programming, including the listing of each record. The same type of operation was recently put in place at Storer broadcasting… More radio news - In the wake of the payola probes around the country - Boston Disc Jockey Dave Maynard of WBZ Radio (1030) tells house investigators he accepted cash gifts and a 1959 Buick convertible from 4 record companies. The total worth was $6,817. Maynard said the gifts were not payola, but merely "an expression of appreciation" by them for his playing their records at teen-age hops in the Boston area. Maynard denied the money was given to him for plugging records on the air. WBZ is owned by Westinghouse Broadcasting. Several employees at Gotham Broadcasting’s WINS, New York are under investigation as well… More Payola Related – February Click Here

Rat Pack In Vegas (Video)

 rat pack las vegas january 1960 facts history timeline trivia mrpopcultureMore January - Rat Pack in Las Vegas - appearing at the Sands' Copa Room - Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. "It's a guessing game, and you'll be a winner at the show-of-shows any night... every night! Yes, there's magic in the Sands air. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford! A galaxy of great stars... one-two-three or all four on stage at once! Plus jovial Joey Bishop every night!. It's a Jack Entratter special and it's special even for the Sands. Now thru Feb 16 in the fabulous Copa Room, America's No. 1 nightclub”…Radio news - the Pacifica Foundation - a non-profit educational institution, takes over operations of WBAI-FM (99.5) in New York City. The station was a commercial operation up until now, and will be non-commercial beginning this week. The station was donated to the foundation by Louis and William P. Schweitzer. Listeners can become official subscribers at an annual fee of $12. So far, the station says 50 persons have subscribed. Governor Rockefeller and New York City Mayor Wagner will speak during a dedication ceremony on Sunday…

alan freed february 1960 concert NY music trivia facts timeline mrpopculture imageFebruary - First show since being fired from WABC radio in New York - Even though he doesn’t have a radio station, Allan Freed just emceed a show at the Apollo Theater in Harlem and on the bill – The Wheels, Bobby Day, the Skyliners, Big Maybelle , The Cadiliacs, Jo Ann Campbell, Bo Diddley, Sam “The Man” Taylor Orchestra with Earl Ward. Observers say his attendance was down, probably due to the fact that he can’t plug his shows on his own radio show… In a huff and in an emotional farewell, Jack Paar quits the Tonight Show on NBC-TV, because what he called “an idiot” cut him off the air the night before, during an anecdote. You could hear shouts of “oh no” from the audience. On the air said Paar - “I believe I was let down by this network at a time when I could have used their help” as he revealed his plans to quit. He began to speak again, then gathered up several sheets of paper lying before him on a desk. He reached out to shake hands with Hugh Downs, the show’s regular announcer, then rushed off stage… More rock 'n' roll fallouts due to payola - In New York, WNEW-TV (Channel 5) says it has pulled out of rock out on its daily music program hosted by Richard Hayes. The program used to be hosted by Alan Freed. Jack Lynn, program director of WNEW-TV says "Following a long, hard look at recent record sales and hits, our survey of teen- ager song and dance needs, the program will concentrate more on popular forms of music ballads, jazz, pop and show tunes and the big band sounds - important talents and personalities from the world of music”… WNEW-TV (continued) “We have noticed too that many of the better rock and roll singers have recently been covering themselves with straight melodic songs, As a result, we are convinced that the trend is definitely away from rock and roll." So beginning this week, Richard Hayes' "Big Beat" program will have guests such as Mitch Miller, Lionel Hampton, Kitty Kallen, Johnny Nash, the Fontaine Sisters, Eileen Rodgers. Some will receive scale to lip-sync their records”… Payola concerns - Radio stations dropping top-40 for the time being and altering their formats - WJJD-Chicago, KXL Portland and WCUE, Akron. All favor more "sweet pop"…

More February 1960 Pop Culture - The Three Stooges are planning to compete with themselves via a new series which they would wholly own. Columbia Pictures/Screen Gems is making a fortune of the Stooges reels released for television in 1958 - but the three Stooges aren’t seeing any profits. The planned series of 39 half-hours slanted at the kids - will combine live-action and animation. Show will be a co-production between their Comedy Three Productions and Norman Maurer Productions… Did you annette funicello 1960 february facts trivia timeline mrpopculture imagecatch Annette Funicello on Dick Clark's Saturday night ABC-TV show? She has a new album out - "Annette Sings Anka" – all Paul Anka songs - some written especially for Annette. If you missed her, she'll be on "American Bandstand" this Tuesday afternoon. (One of the songs on the album - "It's Only Love, " is the exact melody line for  the Tonight Show Theme, later used by Johnny Carson . Paul would later say he wrote the tune specifically for Johnny Carson's "Tonight" show…) …

Johnny Cash Sings The Theme Song To The ABC-TV Show - "The Rebel" from Dick Clark's ABC-TV Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show.... 

March - Payola investigations - Under oath, Dick Clark concedes that a record manufacturer once gave him a ring and his wife a necklace with a combined value of $3,400. He also acknowledged that he had a financial interest in some of the songs he played on “American Bandstand.” The popular teen host at one time held interests in 17 record and music companies. ABC gave him a choice of either severing those connections or leave the show… Radio news - RCA Victor chief George Marek has a concern that the disc jockey as he is known today, might deteriorate into an ordinary announcer. He says  many are playing it safe because of the payola  scandals, and losing the excitement factor. “... His  ability to create enthusiasm for a record is beyond the  ken of the announcer and the station librarian”… Even though he has been off the air since November  when he was fired from WABC radio in New York, DJ  Alan Freed is still conducting concerts. In Hartford, Alan Freed’s Rock and Roll  show grosses $18,500 in two days of performances at the State Theater, despite  a snowstorm. Jackie Wilson was one of the performers.  

tuesday weld facts history 1960 movies timeline mrpopculture image triviaTuesday Weld says now that she’s 16; she has to be more discrete in what she does and says. “I can’t go to parties now or people will automatically say I was drinking or  carrying on, so I have to go to little get-togethers.” She says she likes to read with someone around - “If someone’s not there, I start to get restless while I’m reading. I’ve also started playing the flute. But I was driving everyone crazy so the director bought me a recorder”…  3,000 SAG members strike against the major film studios, halting production on eight movies.  Ronald Reagan, president of the guild said after the meeting, “ It was still “anybody’s guess” as to the duration of the strike… Music news - the new dance craze is something called the “Madison.” There are two versions. One of them is by Ray Bryant, the other by Al Brown’s Tunetoppers… Music news - Nancy Sinatra (19) officially embarks on a show-business career… Clay Cole’s “Record Wagon,” a local dance show seen on WNTA-TV (channel 13) in the New York area, says it is selling lip-sync spots to artists. “Record  Wagon” is presented 30 minutes Mon-Fri and an hour on Saturdays. Record  manufacturers, distributors and publishers can purchase lip-sync spots for $79  per artist on the weekday show, or $108.35 per artist on the hour-long Saturday  program. The station then pays the artist for appearing on the show. The lip-sync  spots are not identified as commercials until the end of the program. This doesn’t  mean anyone can purchase lip-sync time. Those decisions are left up to the  producer. WNTA-TV says the plan enables them to provide more locally  produced live television programs. This is the opposite of payola, because the  purchase is mentioned as a sponsorship… 

elvis presley april 1960 news music facts history mrpopculture trivia timelineApril – More Elvis - Elvis Presley cuts 12 songs at the RCA Victor studio in Nashville - his second session since returning from the Army. During one number, the studio lights were turned off to set the mood for the song - “Are You Lonesome Tonight.” Present was Chet Atkins, RCA Artist and Repertoire man. Elvis was backed by the Jordanaires. Afterwards, a bus picked up the artist and whisked him away to his home in Memphis… Next week, if you happened to be at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami - Frank Sinatra is taping a special called the “Frank Sinatra Timex Spectacular” for showing on ABC-TV on May 12. Guests will be Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Mitch Miller. It is Elvis’ first television appearance since he left the army. Elvis’ manager Col. Tom Parker says his TV price is going up to $150,000 an appearance and then only if it doesn’t conflict with his film schedule. Says the colonel - “I don’t want Elvis to compete with his own movies.” The Frank Sinatra appearance will get a break on this one. Elvis and the colonel will be paid a mere $125,000 for this appearance…  Elvis Presley arrives in Los Angeles to work on his next film, “GI Blues.” Elvis told reporters that he isn’t seeing any particular girl and downplayed the romantic talk about the daughter of an army officer. “Priscilla was a nice girl, but she was quite young.” Elvis also says that he won’t change his singing style: “I’d be flirting with disaster if I changed my style of singing... Back in 1956, everyone was saying rock n roll was on its way out. I think music is improving. They’re making better arrangements now; but if I feel like moving around during a song, I’ll still move”…

Elvis on Frank Sinatra's ABC-TV Special

More April 1960 Pop Culture - Frank Sinatra announces that he is bowing to public opinion and will not have Albert Maltz write a script for his film company. Maltz is one of the “Hollywood 10” unofficially black-listed for refusing to testify on Communist activity before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Sinatra wanted him to write the screenplay for “The Execution of Pvt. Slovik.” Hiring of Maltz sent a storm of protest in some Hollywood quarters…. One of the hottest trends these days is “sing along” - perfected by Mitch Miller and his series of “sing-along” albums. That’s lead to a ton of imitations since youngsters began singing like Elvis. All kinds of sing-along albums have been popping up - for children, with glee clubs, with organs; sing-alongs with inspirational and religious singers - you name it. None are selling near the pace as Mitch Miller. So far Miller’s nine sing-along albums have sold close to 4 million copies. A “Sing Along With Mitch” TV special is slated for May 24 on NBC- TV on bobby darin april 1960 facts history trivia timeline mrpopcultureFord Startime. It could catch on and become a regular series. Follow the bouncing ball… Bobby Darin is hot - Bobby Darin is back stateside after a three- week tour of Britain. While there, he appeared on Britain’s top-rated show “Sunday Night at the London Palladium.” Next week he’ll be in Hollywood to open at the Cloisters. He’ll also film a cameo role in Columbia Picture’s “Pepe” with a song written by Andre Previn. Bobby’s at the Copacabana in New York June 2…

May - Payola investigation continues - Key members and staff experts of a House subcommittee scan the transcript of Dick Clark’s explanation of how he parlayed investments of $53,773 into a cash return so far of $286,604 and a current net worth of $576,590. Clark underwent his first questioning this week and is scheduled to return on Monday. Says Rep John Moss (D-Cal) - I’m going to examine Clark rather closely Monday. He says he took no payola. Yet he got so many things of value for nothing - such things as copyrights and cut-rate investments.” Dick Clark hosts, “American Bandstand” on ABC-TV…

May 1960 Radio news – WLS in Chicago, recently purchased by ABC – changes formats to contemporary. Gone is the WLS National Barn alan freed joins radio kday los angeles may 1960 timeline music trivia mrpopculture Dance after 36 years. DJ’s on WLS will be Mort Crowley, Dick Biondi, Gene Taylor and  Bob Hale… Alan Freed joins KDAY (1580) in Los Angeles. The station says he’ll be on the air six-days-a-week with a $25,000 per year salary. As part of his 2-year contract, Freed had to sign a clause pinpointing his adherence to the Federal Communications Commission’s “Clarification” on selection of records to air. Freed joins his old boss from WINS, New York – Mel Leeds, who is now programming KDAY. .. Don’t miss Al “Jazzbeau” Collins from his “Purple Grotto” – weeknights at midnight on 1010WINS… WDAS/Philadelphia DJ Georgie Woods wins a settlement against the pop/rhythm ‘n blues group, “The Coasters.” The group walked-out during a Thanksgiving Day engagement at Philly’s Uptown Theater. .. More Radio news -  KFAX in San Francisco debuts a news and information format. It’s the first new radio format without a single record. No music anywhere. The format consists of a 15-minute newscast on the hour, a five-minute summary on the half-hour, plus news analysis commentary, editorial and features to fill-out each hour. KFAX is at 1100 on the AM dial…

peter tripp alan freed dr jive indicted may 1960 payola ny radio music trivia timeline mrpopcultureMore Payola News - Officials clean house in New York as Alan Freed and others are arrested on charges of commercial bribery. The others include Freed’s old boss at WINS, New York - Mel Leeds, Peter Tripp of WMGM, New York, Hal Jackson-WLIB, New York, Tommy (Dr. Jive) Smalls of WWRL-New York, Jack Walker (The pear-shaped talker) – ex WOV, New York and others. Peter Tripp was immediately fired from his popular late afternoon airshift at WMGM. Irv Phillips, the manager of KDAY says he will stand by Freed and Leeds (who is now programming the station). Phillips says the pair were just “fall guys” in the investigation. Alan Freed is accused in 26 counts of accepting bribes totaling $30,650 from seven record companies in 1958 and 1959. Peter Tripp is accused of taking $36,050 from eight record companies during the same period. Freed and Leeds flew back to New York at their own expense to surrender to the DA’s arrest warrant. Others indicted are record librarians Joseph Saccone of WMGM and Ronald Granger, formerly of WINS…

June - Music news - Ben E. King signs with Atco Records as a solo artist. He had been with the frankie avalon facts history music info june 1960 timeline trivia mrpopcultureDrifters…. Singer Frankie Avalon (19) is playing nightclubs for the first time. He’s just completed “The Alamo” with John Wayne and is slated for two more pictures. “Mr. Wayne said I was a natural as far as acting goes. I feel someday I’d like to be a real good actor. I’m interested in everything.” Frank says he’s interested in singing, dancing and acting and wants to be identified with all three. About payola - he says he doesn’t know anything about it. “I just cut the records and I don’t know what happens to them. I don’t even know how they press a record.” He’s says he gave Dick Clark a gift last Christmas and didn’t see anything wrong with it. “I just hope they don’t give Dick Clark a raw deal. He’s a friend of mine. He’s guided me. I think he’s a great guy and we were friends even before he became well known and had a big show.” Singer Nat King Cole says eventually television will kill rock ‘n’ roll: “It’s the beatniks with the long hair and dark glasses and the kids who like the rock and roll. And they aren’t the people who buy the mass-consumption articles advertised on television. To get the most people to watch, and to buy, they’ll have to eliminate rock ‘n’ roll… Radio news - another station is about to switch out of a music format – KABC (790) in Los Angeles says it is dropping popular music on July 4 to go, well, they’re not saying. Disc Jockeys Jim Ameche (brother of actor Don Ameche), Don MacKinnon and John Trotter are given their notices. (KABC would become one of the highest rated stations in the two-way talk telephone format. Some say they perfected the format with host and callers)… Cousin Bruce Morrow, heard on 1010WINS, New York, stages a “talent spectacular” at Island Garden Arena on Long Island. Featured on the bill - Dion and the Belmonts, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Dave (Baby) Cortez, the Mello-Kings, The Five Satins and others. Also heard in New York on rival WMGM (1050) - DJ Mike Lawrence is conducting a “Why I Would Like To Meet Bobby Darin” letter writing contest on his late afternoon show. Winner will be Bobby’s personal guest at the Copacabana… Greenwich Village happenings - the area is happening with coffee houses and cool jazz by the likes of John Coltrane and folk music by more established performers. Now, Gerde’s Folk City begins Monday night hootenanny’s. (Other village nightspots begin their own hootenanny’s and quickly, Greenwich Village becomes the place for aspiring folk singers… Music - At the Apollo Theater in Harlem – The Tommy Smalls Revue with Jimmy Jones, Marv Johnson, the Flamingos, Five Satins , Three Georgettes, Carousels, Harold Martin, Bertha Green, Sonny Boy Williams, Tiny Topsy, Reuben Phillips Band…. Music Videos On TV - “Playback” a sort-of five-minute music “video’ produced by Columbia Records, is set for a summer re-run over WNTA-TV (Channel 13) in New York. The series will be shown twice a day, Monday through Friday and once daily on Saturday and Sunday. Among artists set for the repeats are Johnny Mathis, Mitch Miller, Andre Kostelanetz, Isaac Stern and others… Diva Maria Callas joins Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis and Winston Churchill on a cruise aboard Onassis’ yacht in the Mediterranean. .. Oscar-winning British actor Sir Alec Guinness turns down a $1.4 million contract to appear on American television for a U.S. beer company. He was asked to introduce 39 shows and to appear in 12 of them in an acting role. “I would rather die in the gutter of poverty. I worked for an advertising agency when I was young - as a copywriter - and it was much against my will. I am a happy man. I have a nice home, a very  happymarriage and I have my dogs. What more could I want?”…

Playing At The Movies - "Pollyanna"

July - At the Apollo Theater in Harlem - Jocko’s Rocketship Revue with (Douglas) Jocko HendersonRuth Brown , Dante & The Evergreens, the Olympics, Ben E. King. Jimmie Jones, Jesters, Don Thomas Trio, Reuben Phillips Band. Jocko’s radio show is  mitch miller facts history july 1960 trivia music wnew radio timeline mrpopcultureheard nightly on WADO (1280)… William B. Williams of WNEW radio in New York sardonically suggested that if any listeners who were driving their cars would “sing along” to a Mitch Miller record when played, they could write to Miller and he would send them $1. Well, turns out that over 200 listeners called or wrote to Miller, who passed the buck back to WNEW and Williams. The payout was $213…  Riot closes down jazz festival. The Newport Jazz Festival - 4,400 persons turn out opening night to hear Cannonball AdderleyNina Simone , Benny Golson, Newport Youth Band, Art Farmer, Dave Brubeck and the Maynard Ferguson band. The festival was supposed to run for five nights - June 30 thru July 4, instead of the usual four nights. But, student riots cut short the festival in its third night and closed it down. College students by the thousands stormed the sold-out Saturday night concert and turned it into a shambles. 125 are injured as students hurled beer cans, beer and whiskey bottles. City manager George Blasson declared, “That’s the last jazz festival that will ever come to Newport…

More July - Tony Bennett On TV Show Lip-Synching -  Singer Tony Bennett isn’t the biggest fan of lip-syncing - a process where the performer and an orchestra or band pre-record a number without cameras. Then later during the show, the performance is played back as the singer pretends he’s singing and tries to synchronize his lips with the sound. Says Tony - “In a lot of studios, they’ve got to use lip sync because they stick the orchestra away in some corner where the artist can hardly see it. About 12 years ago, somebody put an orchestra over on the side of the studio – out of the way - and orchestras have been there ever since. I don’t think TV pays enough attention to the quality of the music... . they shouldn’t use it because it’s easier. It isn’t spontaneous and the great thing about television is its spontaneity”…

Look For A Star - Garry Miles

More July - On the singles chart this week - “Look For A Star” by Gary Mills and another version by Garry Miles. Same song. Not an error - they’re both separate records by separate artists. But, this week, it’s revealed that Gary Miles isn’t Gary Miles, but James “Buzz” Cason, whose group - the Statues, records for Liberty Records. And, it turns out, the Gary Mills version is the original on Imperial Records. Cason decided to “cover” the Mills version as it was moving up the charts on the West Coast. It turns out now that “Miles” version, on Liberty Records, and not the original by a real artist named Gary Mills, is the bigger hit!! You could say Cason used the name to confuse record buyers…The song is featured in the movie, “Circus Of Horrors”… John john zacherly wor tv july 1960 horror films trivia mrpopculture timeline Zacherly - “The Cool Ghoul” the between-reels emcee of the WOR-TV nighttime films who spoofs ghouls and ghosts with satirical horror bits, signs with Elektra to cut a collection of zany monster songs. (Many cities across the U.S. have their own Zacherly- type characters hosting horror movies. One of the best-known is Vampira on KABC-TV, Los Angeles…. CBS coverage of the Republican National Convention includes these correspondents - Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, Howard K. Smith, Charles Collingwood, Douglas Edwards, Wells Church, Lowell Thomas, Robert Trout, George Herman, Charles Kuralt and Dallas Townsend…

Image Of A Girl - Safaris

August - Music news - Look for an album by The Safaris due out in September. The group is riding high with “Image of a Girl.” Jim Stephens, Rich Lee, Marv Rose and Shel Briar make up the group. The guys are from Los Angeles. In England, record joe meek independent producer england august 1960 timeline music trivia mrpopcutlure imageproducer Joe Meek, formerly with the Triumph label, turns independent, a big step since there are virtually no independent record producers in Britain. (Meek would become well known for “Telstar” - the first big British record to become #1 in the U.S.) In Britain, Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now Or Never,” held-up due to copyright concerns with “O Sole Mio,” will be released. The copyright of O Sole Mio, which becomes public domain in 1967, is owned by Bideri of Naples, Italy. Also new on the charts - The Ventures from Tacoma, Washington. Don Wilson, Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards play guitar, and Howie Johnson is on drums. Radio news - here’s the lineup at WINS, New York - Stan Richards, Jack Lacy, Stan Z. Burns, (Cousin) Bruce Morrow and Murray Kauffman. WINS is the top-rated top-40 station in the country…  Ideal Toys will launch its fall ad campaign with an hour kid TV special starring Shari Lewis titled “Shari in Toyland.” Set for 19 stations, the format will be built around a “Christmas-in- September” theme with several demonstrations of new Ideal Toys…

September - You’ll notice two popular albums this week by comedian (Brother) Dave Gardner . He covers subjects like religion, politics and social phenomena of the times. He and his wife Millie, write all the material. Col. Tom Parker manages him - yes the same man who manages Elvis… ABC-Paramount Records signs Don Kirshner and Al Nevins as independent record producers of singles for the label. The deal is non-exclusive as they also act as indie producers for RCA Victor and Top Rank records… Chubby Checker (18) just graduated from high school in Philadelphia this year. His “Twist” is becoming very popular… Besides English, hitmaker Connie Francis will record five different versions of the title tune from her first movie in five languages. Look for “Where The Boys Are” in Japanese, French, German, Italian and Spanish for those markets. She’s been unstoppable on the best-selling charts over the past 2 years…

Chubby Checker Performs "The Twist" On Dick Clark's "American Bandstand"

 

September 1960 - Music trends - Jazz is becoming popular again and the hipsters are digging it. What use to be 10,000 sales are now 50,000 sales for an album. Popular sellers include Miles Davis, Charlie Mingus, Ornetta Coleman, Julian “Cannonball’ Adderly, Horace Silver, Bobby Timmons. “Soul Jazz” - a blend of the cerebral elements of post-swing jazz with elements of the old Negro folk greenwich village 1960 facts history trivia mrpopculture timeline  tradition, is becoming popular. Greenwich Village is becoming the spot for folk music and jazz. Beatniks are becoming the Village’s No. 1 lure. Coffeehouses have learned that they can’t exist on the bean alone. Conversation and chess are still in vogue, but lots o hem are putting in extra-added attractions such as jazz bashes, mime shows, flamenco dancing, folk music, poetry readings and silent pictures. Some of them are one-night acts. The most popular jazz hangouts in the Village are Max Gordon’s Village Vanguard, the Half Note, the Five Spot, the Jazz Gallery, the Village Gate and Nick’s for Dixieland. There’s also the Bon Soir for downtowners with uptown tastes and Jan Wallman’s Upstairs at the Duplex, which is a showcase for new performers. Old standbys include El Chico and the Village Barn…

Music Television news - There really is nothing like Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” on either CBS or NBC. We mentioned once, that Clark’s competition mainly comes from locally produced “Bandstand” type shows. They’re in just about every city. ABC canceled Dick Clark’s Friday night show. This week, NBC announces a new show for the younger set. October 15 look for “NBC Saturday Prom.” It will air late afternoon each Saturday. Unlike the Clark show, “Prom” will present live performances by artists. Lined-up to perform this year is Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Bobby Rydell, Conway Twitty, Brian Hyland, Chubby Checker, Santo and Johnny. Outstanding school talent will also be presented… A music, art  and (just plain) interesting hot spot - is NY's "Greenwich Village." Take a look:

"Sunday Greenwich Village" - Jean Shepard

October – Grace Metalious (35) – author of “Peyton Place” remarries her first husband, George… Hollywood news - Annette Funicello has a new single on the charts - “Pineapple Princess.” She’s in England making a film “The Horsemaker”… Actor john wayne facts info history october 1960 timeline mrpopculture imageJohn Wayne has some things to say about Khrushchev ... “He was always trying to belittle this country, to downgrade it, to sneer and boast and toss out insults and to browl and threaten. Why don’t Kennedy and Nixon take this yelling braggart and boor apart? When Nixon was in Moscow, he took him on in his own back yard and made him like it…. Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme open their nightclub act and, this week, appear at the Copacabana. The duo has been rehearsing since Lawrence was discharged from the Army in late August. He’s already had several hit records this year - “Pretty Blue Eyes” and “Footsteps”… Radio news - Cousin Bruce Morrow, formerly with WINS, New York, replaces Bob Green on WINZ, Miami. Green recently retired from broadcasting to manage the career of his new wife – Anita Bryant... Art Roberts from Buffalo moves to WLS, Chicago, to do early afternoons. Mort Crowley moves to mornings on the big 89…

November  - Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra will co-star in “A Swinging Affair” next year. It’s a comedy of two young musicians who marilyn monroe arthur miller marriage ends november 1960 trivia facts timeline mrpopculturelive together, both courting the same girl but neither is aware of the situation… Beauty and Brains -  Marilyn Monroe marriage ends - Marilyn Monroe announces the end of her four-year marriage to playwright Arthur Miller. She says she will seek a divorce this week. Miller had been reported in a pique over reports that Miss Monroe had engaged in a flirtation with French movie star Yves Montand after making the movie “Let’s Make Love.” The pair kept their breakup a secret… Radio news -  Murray the K and the Swinging Soiree - looks like Murray the K’s new 7p to 11p show on WINS is a hit. The New York ratings say it is a solid #1. Murray took over the shift around October 1. The show features a record review, where listeners can register as record review board members. As members, they can dial-in nightly when Murray plays new singles, and vote for their favorite new releases. Murray took over the prized teen shift from Cousin Bruce Morrow, who is now at WINZ in Miami. Also in New York - WABC radio says it is going to change format and play pop and rock n roll as of December 7, according to manager Hal Neal. The station will be hiring a whole new set of personalities. WABC will be competing with #1 1010WINS, WMCA and WMGM. The personalities are Herb Oscar Anderson who is now doing mornings on WMCA; Charlie Greer from WAKR, Akron; Farrell Smith, formerly of WHK, Cleveland, and Scott Muni, who recently left rival WMCA and Chuck Dunway from WKY, OKLAHOMA City. Program consultant Mike Joseph has been in town listening to the other stations… “Sing-Along” creator Mitch Miller is set to do a television version of his famous albums. “Sing Along With Mitch” will debut in January over NBC-TV. The one-hour shows will alternate with the Bell Telephone Hour every other week. The show will spotlight new singers. Mitch did a brenda lee december 1960 music trivia rockin around christmas tree timeline mrpopculture“Sing-Along” special last season, receiving good ratings… WTRY (980) in Troy-Albany, New York, says it began to play Christmas music on November 14. According to program manager George LeZotte, he wanted to test whether there would be any listener objection for beginning the Christmas season so early and to help the new records which now need longer airtime to break through. He says the station is already running Christmas advertising and stores have Christmas displays, so why not? Among the Christmas records programmed are Bobby Darin’s “Christmas and Auld Lang Syne,” Peter King’s “Little Shepherd Boy,” Ray Conniff’s “Christmas Bells,” Ella Fitzgerald’s “Jingle Bells” and Santo and Johnny’s “Twisting Bells.”… Speaking of new Christmas records - one favorite is Brenda Lee’s - “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree” on Decca Records. Many stations are playing it early. It’s sure to be a hit… Independent stations can really stand out and make money on children’s programming. In larger cities, some indy stations run such programming after school. WPIX-TV in New York (channel 11) is a good example. Its kids programming from 4p-7p daily, tops the New York ratings! WPIX runs Bozo the Clown, the Three Stooges, Popeye, Quick Draw McGraw, Huckleberry Hound, Sky King and Sergeant Preston among others…

Rockin Around The Christmas Tree - New Song By Brenda Lee

December – NBC’s “White Paper” will devote an hour-long report on Negro sit-in demonstrations in the South December 20. jackie gleason back to tv december 1960 history facts timeline mrpopculture Chet Huntley will narrate… Comedian Jackie Gleason will be emceeing a new game show titled “You’re In The Picture” beginning January 20 on CBS-TV. Jackie hasn’t been seen regularly on television for two years…Dick Tracy - the popular comic strip character, is about to make his TV cartoon debut. UPA Pictures Inc. will produce the series, set to hit television screens this spring. UPA says it will produce 156 Dick Tracy cartoons at a total cost of $2 million. Terms call for an even split of the net proceeds between UPA, the Chicago Tribune and the New York Daily News syndicates - who own Mr. Tracy. The comic strip is seen in 507 newspapers and rated among the nation’s most popular comic strips. UPA also produces “Mr. Magoo”… What a gig - Jim Hawthorne will take over as Program Director of KFWB (channel 98) in Hollywood. The station is a solid hit and seems unstoppable in the ratings. Chuck Blore, who built the station’s famous “Color Radio” format wants to spend more time creating radio commercials for a company he’s formed. Jim assumes those duties on January 2. Blore will still be with KFWB, overseeing programming for owners Crowell-Collier… It looks like RCA is the clear winner in singles sales for 1960. What an artist roster - Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves, Don Gibson, Hank Locklin, Floyd Cramer, Sam Cooke, Neil Sedaka, The Browns, Della Reese, Henry Mancini and earlier, Ray Peterson. More music news - Lawrence Welk has his first hit record - Calcutta . According to Dot Records, Calcutta is one of their fastest-breaking numbers and has hit a- half-million in sales…. Hanna-Barbera’s Huckleberry Hound has had an exceptional year. It’s seen in most television markets in the country and Huck merchandise has grossed about $40 million… Kid’s TV - Sandy Becker, a popular kid’s show host on WNEW-TV (New York), will present a puppet version of “A Christmas Carol” serialized in the Sandy Becker morning show over the pre-Christmas week…

 

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