Leisure Time in the 1960's



Entertainment Personalities of the 1960's
The 1960's gave birth to some of the most popular and widely recognized entertainment personalities, even to this day. Some popular entertainers from the 60s would be The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Muhammad Ali, Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and the Beach Boys.

Music
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The Beatles

Also known as "the Fab Four", John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Star became one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed musical artists of all time. They were the first big British musical act to be successful in the U.S., releasing hits such as "I wanna Hold Your Hand" and "Twist and Shout."
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan was known for his unique mix of rock and folk music, along with the social and political commentary in his lyricism. Although he wasn't the most talented vocalist, his songwriting was enough to make him one of the most popular and successful music acts of all time. Songs such as "The Times They are-a Changin'" and "Blowin in the Wind" became the themes for civil rights and war protest movements.

Sports
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Muhammad Ali

Born Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali was a three time world heavyweight champion, and widely recognized as the greatest heavyweight fighter to ever lace up a pair of boxing gloves. Before turning pro, Ali won the gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. On top of being a great fighter and entertainer, he was a controversial figure outside of the ring as well due to his Muslim Faith, and opposition to the Vietnam War. He refused to serve in the U.S. Army stating that war is against the teachings of the Holy Qur'an, publically considering himself a conscientious objector. At the peak of his fame, Muhammad Ali was known as "the most recognizable man in the world".
Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain was one of the most dominant basketball players of all time. He played the Center position for the Warriors, the Lakers, and the 76ers. He stood at 7'2 and weighed almost 300 pounds, and as if that isn't enough, he averaged almost 50 points a game, and is the all time top rebounder! He passed away on October 12th, 1999, but his legacy will live forever.

Television
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The 1960's gave way to some of the most famous and popular television shows ever.. Such as the Flintstones, which is still one of the most popular cartoon series running today. Other popular cartoons included Rocky and Bullwinkle(the first prime time cartoon), The Jetsons, and Mr. Magoo. The Andy Griffith Show was another series that ran in the 60's, it was the biggest family televesion show, and aired for the majority of the decade. The Beverly Hillbillies was the first popular sitcom, and science fiction shows such as Star Trek and the Outer Limits were also well-liked.