What Happened the Year You Were Born?

Peace Baby!  Have you wondered what was happening during the year you were born.  I did some research and here are a few things that happened in 1960, the year I was born:

  1. The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 4.
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is published.
  3. The 50-star flag of the United States debuts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  4. Muhammad Ali wins a gold medal at the summer Olympics.
  5. Elvis Presley returns from Germany after serving in the Armed Forces for 2 years.
  6. Vietnam War: The United States announces that 3,500 American soldiers will be sent to Vietnam.
  7. U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy is nominated for President at the Democratic National Convention.
  8. U.S. Vice President Richard M. Nixon is nominated for President at the Republican National Convention.
  9. Robert F. Kennedy calls Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, and secures his release from jail on a traffic violation in Atlanta, Georgia.
  10. First successful kidney transplant is performed in the United Kingdom.
  11. Basketball player Wilt Chamberlain grabs 55 rebounds.
  12. The Birth Control Pill Is Approved
  13. Presidential Debates are televised  
  14. Sit in begins at the Woolworth Lunch Counter in Greensboro, NC 
  15. Hollywood Walk of Fame begins.  Joanne Woodward is given the first star. 
Leave us a comment with the year you were born and an event that took place that year. We love history.

Source:  Wikipedia



  1. Being a Grandma I am older than everyone else that has posted — 1949! VW Beetle first came to the United States. Many years later it would be my first car!

  2. I was born in 1979 when the walkman was intoduced by Sony 🙂

  3. Interesting question! Part of the website I just created about baby boomers has lots of information about what happened each year that baby boomers were born – 1946-1964.
    Fun and interesting. Take a look.


  4. Madwoman-doing-cartwheels says:

    I was born in 1970 and I just looked up to see what occurred the year I was born. Gas was 36 cents a gallon and Paul McCartney announced that the Beatles were disbanding.Ofcourse as a new born I don't recall this.

    rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

  5. A few years ago for my birthday a friend gave me the "What Happened the Year You Were Born" book. He claimed I am one of those hard to buy for people. Cheezs. Anyway the one that stuck out is the Vietnam War officially ended. Year 1975.

  6. What happened in 1965? lol

    * July 25 – Bob Dylan elicits controversy among folk purists by "going electric" at the Newport Folk Festival.

    * August 1 – Cigarette advertising is banned on British television.

    I could go on and on but, …



  7. Elvis returned from Germany! What a year!

  8. I was born in 1974. That year Nixon resigned, and one of the top songs was "The Joker" by the Steve Miller Band. Oh yah!

  9. I'm 1968! The only thing I know for sure is the assassination of MLK Jr.

    I'll have to do some research to see what else was going on.

  10. FUN!!  1969- The first manned landing on the moon. 
    Apollo 11
    What a great idea!!!

  11. Gosh, it was all bad things the year I was born! 
    A major accident occurs at a nuclear reactor on Three Mile Island near Middletown, PA

    An American Airlines DC-10 loses its engine and crashes seconds after takeoff, killing 275 people

    Hurricane David kills over 1200 in the US and the Dominican Republic

    Some 90 people, including 63 Americans, are taken hostage at the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran

    Although, if you're a sports fan – ESPN started broadcasting in 1979

  12. Sadly, Robert F. Kennedy died on June 6, 1968… the day after I was born.

    On a more positive note (if you like The Beatles) The White Album was released later that same year.

  13. Hi Cat,

    Thanks for stopping by.  It's hard to believe that the general public has only had access to cell phones for 20+ years.  Most people can't live their lifes without them now.

  14. That's such a cool idea, I don't really know much about my birth year but did some digging and found…

    – The first mobile phones, are introduced to the public by the Motorola Company