1969 – Rockin’ in the 60’s

20 05 2009

Lian has asked to take a trip back in time with this blog entry. She wants us to take a look at the year 1969. First up, what was cool back then? What movies did they watch? Well the top ten movies of 1969* were:
1.The Wild Bunch
2.Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (love this movie)
3.Easy Rider
4.Army of Shadows
5.Midnight Cowboy
6.Medium Cool
7.The Italian Job (love this one too)
8.True Grit
9.A Boy Named Charlie Brown
10.Cactus Flower
* This list is courtesy of Top Ten Reviews

What about the music? What were the hip tunes back then? This list comes from the Billboard Top 100 list for 1969:
1. Aquarius, Fifth Dimension
2. Sugar, Sugar, Archies
3. I Can’t Get Next To You, Temptations
4. Honky Tonk Women, Rolling Stones
5. Build Me Up Buttercup, Foundations
6. Dizzy, Tommy Roe
7. Hot Fun In The Summertime, Sly and The Family Stone
8. I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, Tom Jones
9. Everyday People, Sly and The Family Stone
10. Get Together, Youngbloods
11. One, Three Dog Night
12. Crystal Blue Persuasion, Tommy James and The Shondells
13. Hair, Cowsills
14. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby, Marvin Gaye
15. Love Theme From Romeo And Juliet, Henry Mancini and His Orch.
16. Crimson And Clover, Tommy James and The Shondells
17. Grazin’ In The Grass, Friends Of Distinction
18. Suspicious Minds, Elvis Presley
19. Proud Mary, Creedence Clearwater Revival
20. What Does It Take (To Win Your Love), Jr. Walker and The All Stars

So what about major events? What were the political and global events happening? What about here at home? Check this list out for some events:
-Woodstock
-Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins help the USA win the space race and land on the moon
-First Flight of 747
-President Nixon took office and the American death toll in Vietnam rose to 34,000
-Charles Manson and several members of his cult were charged with the murder of Sharon Tate
-Judy Garland died
– In New Zealand, Keith Holyoake is Prime Minister and Robert Muldoon was the Finance Minister
– Also in New Zealand the voting age is lowered from 21 to 20 and the number of seats in Parliament is changed to seat MPs from the South Island
-Still in New Zealand, Rachel Hunter, Michael Campbell and Brendon Pongia are all born

Now you must be wondering why the year 1969 is so important to us as Digital Media Students and the answer to that is this is the year when ARPANET comes into use. It was used by the United States Department of Defense to transfer data or packet switching (a form of communicating over a network) during the Cold War. It was the predecessor of the now all important Internet. Without which, my blogging wouldn’t be possible. Cheers 1969 🙂

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