Thursday, August 14, 2014

We’re Having a Gas at the 1960 Illinois State Fair!

During the 1960’s, the United States was populated with millions of youths. After the baby boom of the 1950’s, all the babies became teenagers and young adults. This burst in the young population lead to the famous, rebellious spirit of the age. The literature and music reflected their attitudes. College campuses were the centers of debates and protests as the military draft and the Vietnam War formed.

The 1960 Illinois State Fair was filled with amazing acts and excitement! The Fair was held from August 12th till the 21st. At the Grandstand, the Three Stooges, Grand Ole Opry with Roy Acuff, Betty & Benny Fox high pole dance act, and the Bob Hope Show with Brenda Lee all appeared. A mock-up of the Navy Polaris missile was put on display on the Fairgrounds. On August 17th, Mojave, the world’s largest helicopter flew at the Fair. Additionally in this year, presidential candidate, John F. Kennedy, spoke at the Grandstand.

Around the world, these events also occurred in 1960:

Jan 1 – Johnny Cashed began with the first of his many free concerts at jails and prisons.

Jan 2 – Senator John F. Kennedy announced his candidacy for president of the United States.

Feb 19 – “Family Circus”, the famous comic series by Bil Keane, appeared in newspapers.

Feb 20 – Jimi Hendrix, famous rock and roll guitarist, played his first show.

April 20 – The US Senate passed the historic Civil Rights Bill.

Jun 16 – Psycho opened for the first time in theaters.

Aug 1 – Chubby Checker released his hit song The Twist.

Aug 25 – The 17th summer Olympics opened in Rome.

Oct 29 – Cassius Clay, soon to be known as Muhammad Ali, beat Tunney Hunsaker in his first professional 

Nov 8 – John F. Kennedy became the 35th US President after beating Vice President Richard Nixon.

Dec 19 – Frank Sinatra performed his first session with Reprise Records. 

Did you love the flower power of the '60s? What was your favorite moment from this year? Did you go to the 1960 Illinois State Fair and love it?  Leave us your comments and pictures!

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