Decade at a glance: the 1960s
- The average salary in the 1960s was $4,743.
- The life expectancy was 66.6 years for males and 73.1 years for females.
- The federal debt was $290.5 billion.
- Dances invented in the 1960s included the Twist, the Jerk, the Swim, the Mashed potato, the Monkey and the Watusi.
- On July 15, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy accepted the Democratic nomination for president.
- After 13 years, NBC canceled "Howdy Doody." The last episode aired September 24, 1960.
- On Sept. 26, 1960, John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon made history taking part in the first televised American presidential debate.
- President John F. Kennedy created the Peace Corps in 1961.
- Harper Lee's 1961 book "To Kill a Mockingbird" was a bestseller.
- In June, 1962, prayer in the public school was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in the case of Engel v. Vitale.
- On October 1, 1962, James H. Meredith became the first black student to attend the University of Mississippi.
- A spy plane discovered long range missiles in Cuba in 1962, causing a panic among many Americans who believed a war was soon imminent.
- Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.
- Betty Friedan's 1963 book "The Feminine Mystique" critiqued the myth that a woman's identity was linked to child-rearing and the accomplishments of her husband.
- John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
- The Beatles made their U.S. debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964.
- The 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade arrived in Vietnam on March 8, 1965.
- The surgeon general forced cigarette manufactures to post warning label on all packages and ads in 1965.
- Apollo astronauts Virgil Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee died during a simulated launch exercise on Jan. 27, 1967.
- In the 1960s, the birth control pill became popular and available to many. In 1967, some states legalized abortion and artificial insemination.
- On April 4, 1968, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated.
- On June 5, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated.
- Western movie hero John Wayne won the 1969 Best Actor Oscar for his role in the movie "True Grit," beating actors Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight.
- From Aug. 15-17, 1969, 400,000 people gathered at Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, N.Y.
- On June 20, 1969, the first lunar landing took place.
- In 1969, Denton Cooley, M.D., implanted the first artificial heart in a human, keeping the patient alive for three days (until a human heart became available).
- sources: U.S. Census and Yahoo Voices.
Hiram FactsTuition, fees and enrollment in 1959/60
Total enrollment in 1959-60 was 675 – that was 397 men and 278 women.
- Tuition in 1960 was $900 based on a load of 12 to 17 credit hours per quarter, plus $18 per hour for more than 17 hours/quarter, and $25 per hour for fewer than 12 hours/quarter.
- General fee was $155 and included matriculation, library, laboratories, concert and artists series, dramatic events, medical service, student activities, home athletic events and student publications.
- Board was $445.
- Room was $300.
- TOTAL: $1,800.
Tuition, fees and enrollment in 1969/70
Total enrollment in 1969-70 was 1194 – that was 645 men and 549 women.
- Tuition for the 1969-70 academic year was $2,105, based on a load of 12 to 18 hours per quarter.
- Regular fees were $170 and included matriculation, library, laboratory, artist series, dramatic events, medical service, student activities, all home athletic events and student publications
- Kennedy Center fee was $45.
- Board was $500.
- Room was $360.
- TOTAL: $3,180.