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1960 Trivia

<< - 1959
World Series Champions:
Pittsburgh Pirates
NFL Champions:
Philadelphia Eagles
AFL Champions:
Houston Oilers
NBA Champions:
Boston Celtics
Stanley Cup Champs:
Montreal Canadiens
U.S. Open Golf:
Arnold Palmer
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Neale Fraser/Darlene R. Hard
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Neale Fraser/Maria Bueno
NCAA Football Champions:
Minnesota & Mississippi
NCAA Basketball Champions:
Ohio State
Kentucky Derby:
Venetian Way
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Janet Leigh, Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Doris Day, Annette Funicello, Kim Novak
"The Quotes"

"Smile! You're on Candid Camera!"
- Candid Camera

"A boy's best friend is his mother"
- Anthony Perkins, as Norman Bates, in 'Psycho'

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
United State's Scientists, Represented by George Beadle, Charles Draper, John Enders, Donald A. Glaser, Joshua Lederberg, Willard Libby, Linus Pauling, Edward Purcell, Isidor Rabi, Emilio Segrè, William Shockley, Edward Teller, Charles Townes, James Van Allen, and Robert Woodward
Miss America:
Lynda Mead (Natchez, MS)
Miss USA:
Linda Bement (Utah)
The Scandals:

Chuck Berry got in some legal trouble when he took a 14-year-old girl from Arizona to Missouri to work at his Bandstand club. Her work didn't require clothes, apparently.

JFK was elected President of the United States with much help from the votes of dead Americans in Cook County, Illinoise and in Texas.

The mysterious BLACK KNIGHT Satellite was seen by both Russian and American Air Defense unites. At 15 tons, was bigger than any country could have sent at that time. It 'disappeared' after about three weeks.

Nerd News:

USAF Captain Joseph Kittinger set three records on August 16th - highest parachute jump (102,800 feet), the longest parachute free fall (4 minutes 36 seconds), and the first person to exceed the speed of sound without an aircraft or space vehicle (714 mph during free fall).

There are three dots on every Domino's Pizza box because when founder Tom Monaghan started his chain, he planned on adding a dot with each new store. Looking back, 8,000+ stores later, it was a good idea to stop with the 3 dots, forming a simple domino.

The term paparazzi originated with Italian director Federico Fellini's La dolce vita. One of the minor characters in the film was a photographer named Paparazzo. Fellini took Paparazzo's name from the Italian word for a noisy mosquito.

The Habit:
Reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
OR watching Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' in theaters. Probably both.
1st appearances & 1960's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss, Game of Life*, Etch-A-Sketch, Barbie, Chatty Cathie, Mattel's Lie Detector Game, Mr. Machine, Play-Doh Fun Factory
1960 Most Popular TV shows:
1. Gunsmoke (CBS)
2. Wagon Train (NBC)
3. Have Gun Will Travel (CBS)
4. The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)
5. The Real McCoys (ABC)
6. Rawhide (CBS)
7. Candid Camera (CBS)
8. The Untouchables (ABC)
9. The Jack Benny Show (CBS)
10. Dennis The Menace (CBS)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1960 include:
Bill Black's Combo, Bobby Darin, Bobby Rydell, Brenda Lee, Brook Benton, Chubby Checker, Dinah Washington, The Drifters, Elvis Presley, Connie Francis, Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, Frankie Avalon, Freddy Cannon, Jack Scott, Jackie Wilson, Jim Reeves, Jimmy Jones, Johnny Preston, Marty Robbins, Pat Boone, Paul Anka, Percy Faith, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, The Shirelles, Dinah Washington, Jackie Wilson

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1960:
December 28, 1959 - January 3, 1960: Frankie Avalon - Why

January 4, 1960 - January 17, 1960: Marty Robbins - El Paso

January 18, 1960 - February 7, 1960: Johnny Preston - Running Bear

February 8, 1960 - February 21, 1960: Mark Dinning - Teen Angel

February 22, 1960 - April 24, 1960: Percy Faith - Theme from 'A Summer Place'

April 25, 1960 - May 22, 1960: Elvis Presley - Stuck on You

May 23, 1960 - June 26, 1960: The Everly Brothers - Cathy's Clown

June 27, 1960 - July 10, 1960: Connie Francis - Everybody's Somebody's Fool

July 11, 1960 - July 17, 1960: Hollywood Argyles - Alley-Oop

July 18, 1960 - August 7, 1960: Brenda Lee - I'm Sorry

August 8, 1960 - August 14, 1960: Brian Hyland - Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

August 15, 1960 - September 18, 1960: Elvis Presley - It's Now or Never

September 19, 1960 - September 25, 1960: Chubby Checker - The Twist

September 26, 1960 - October 9, 1960: Connie Francis - My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own

October 10, 1960 - October 16, 1960: Larry Verne - Mr. Custer

October 17, 1960 - October 23, 1960: The Drifters - Save the Last Dance for Me

October 24, 1960 - November 13, 1960: Brenda Lee - I Want to Be Wanted

November 14, 1960 - November 20, 1960: Ray Charles - Georgia on My Mind

November 21, 1960 - November 27, 1960: Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs - Stay

November 28, 1960 - January 8, 1961: Elvis Presley - Are You Lonesome Tonight?