1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (dominical letter CB) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1960th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 960th year of the 2nd millennium, the 60th year of the 20th century, and the 1st year of the 1960s decade.It is also known as the "Year of Africa" because of major events—particularly the independence of seventeen African nations—that focused global attention on the continent and intensified feelings of Pan-Africanism.ORIGINS OF DATING Dating is definitely an "American phenomenon." Few other countries carry on this practice with as much fervor as Americans do.
Now, when I talk about people who are single at heart (who live their best and most authentic lives as single people), or when individual single people say that they like living single, we get responses like "oh, you just haven't met the right person yet," or, when they are being a bit more presumptuous, "deep down inside, you don't really mean that." But just before 1960, a national survey found that 80 percent of Americans thought that people who wanted to be single were "immoral," "neurotic," or "sick." #2 Maybe those scathing attitudes had something to do with how few single people there were back then.
In 1960, only about 32 million Americans, 18 and older, were single (either divorced or widowed or always-single). By 2013, there were 105 million single Americans, accounting for 44 percent of the adult population.
The decade earned it with sex, drugs, and rock and roll, and big-time advances in civil rights, women's rights, and more. Here are just a few of the ways that life in 1960 was stunningly different – and by that I mean far worse – than it is today.
#1 In the ways they were viewed by others, single people were savaged.
Since the turn of the century, there has been a greater freedom between men and women, for example, both attend the same schools with the same classes.
Both sexes become accustomed to the other at early ages which is very conducive to the practice of dating (Merrill 61).
Teenagers in the 1950's are so iconic that, for some, they represent the last generation of innocence before it is "lost" in the sixties.
When asked to imagine this lost group, images of bobbysoxers, letterman jackets, malt shops and sock hops come instantly to mind.
People date because it is "enjoyable, pleasant, and valuable" (Merrill 62), and they thought that they could gain rewarding experiences from it.