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** The Boomer Years **

The 50s, 60s, and early 70s were exciting, dramatic, fast-paced, turbulent, and fascinating. If you weren’t around then, try to imagine yourself as an impressionable teenager when all this was happening. Please join us in the BBHQ WayBack Machine:

Click a year to review the major events from one of our "formative years."

1956: Early boomers are ten years old; late boomers are eight years away from birth. Meanwhile President Eisenhower wins re-election, but Nikita Khrushchev says, “History is on our side. We will bury you!”
1957: The Russians launch Sputnik I and Sputnik II; President Eisenhower uses troops to enforce desegregation in Arkansas.
1958: The U.S. launches the Explorer I satellite; the first Pizza Hut opens.
1959: Barbie is “born"; Buddy Holly dies; Castro takes over in Cuba.
1960: The soviets shoot down a U.S. spy plane; John Kennedy is elected president; and Chubby Checker introduces the Twist.
1961: The Russians and then the U.S. put a man into space; the Berlin wall goes up.
1962: K-Mart and Wal-Mart open; Russian warheads in Cuba bring the world to the edge of war.
1963: President Kennedy is assassinated; Dr. Martin Luther King declares, “I have a dream."
1964: President Johnson declares a “war on poverty.” But he also plans the huge escalation of a much larger war to be fought half-way around the world. The Beatles “invade” the U.S.
1965: Civil disturbances over race and the Vietnam war play in increasingly larger roles in American society. President Johnson unveils his plans for the “Great Society.”
1966: The Supreme Court issues its “Miranda” ruling; U.S. troop strength in southeast Asia reaches 400,000.
1967: The first heart transplant operation is performed; race riots kill dozens in Detroit. “Rolling Stone” magazine rolls off the presses.
1968: Dr. Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy are assassinated; President Johnson declines to run for re-election; Richard Nixon wins the presidency.
1969: The U.S. lands a man on the moon; teens celebrate at Woodstock, then demonstrate in Washington.
1970: Campus demonstrations close down several colleges; four die at Kent State University. The Beatles break up.
1971: The “Pentagon Papers” are published; President Nixon freezes wages and prices. The Supreme Court affirms the legality of bussing to achieve racial desegregation.
1972: President Nixon shocks the world by visiting communist China. Nixon wins re-election in a landslide; but the break-in at the Watergate complex seals his fate.
1973: A ceasefire ends U.S. ground troop involvement in Vietnam. The military draft ends; the Supreme Court legalizes abortion; the noose around the president’s neck tightens.
1974: Richard Nixon resigns; President Ford declares, “Our long, national nightmare is over.” The youngest of the boomers are nearly teenagers; the oldest are nearly middle aged.
1975: “The Greatest” retains his title in “The Thrilla’ in Manila”; Saigon falls and the U.S. bails out of Vietnam; but “Jaws” scares the living daylights out of us.

A BBHQ Pop Quiz: A delightful 1967 movie, starring Julie Andrews, was called “Thoroughly ______ Millie”

Your final answer is....



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