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1960s

What was Washington, D.C. like in the 1960s? Take a look at our great posts with stories, people, photos, and history about the District from the sixties.

"Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, Va., 1958-63. Eero Saarinen, architect. Mobile lounges." A sort of giant rolling jetway (mostly out of frame at left) that carried passengers at Dulles from terminal to plane. The stair truck supported the gangway. 120mm color transparency by Balthazar Korab.

Boarding a Flight at Dulles in the 1960s

Dulles Airport was the first airport in the world build for jet aircraft. This photo shows passengers boarding an Eastern Airlines' Douglas DC-8
1961 Washington Redskins

1961: The Last Year Season Redskins Fielded All-White Team

Only the Dallas Cowboys saved the Washington Redskins from complete disaster in 1961, the last year they fielded an all-white team. The Washington football franchise, under first-year coach Bill McPeak, posted a 1-12-1 record, the worst showing in Redskins’ history,...

Photos of The Beatles in Washington, D.C.

We wrote some posts about The Beatles a long time ago, like this one about their first concert and this one about them playing D.C. Stadium. It’s been a really long time since we posted about The Fab Four —...

Mantle vs. Killebrew Home Run Derby

Now this is a really cool old video that we uncovered on YouTube. It shows a home run derby between Mickey Mantle and Harmon Killebrew. From our Wikipedia research, it looks like this was filmed in 1960, just before the...
American Service Center advertisement

Mercedes-Benz Advertisement in 1961

Check out this old advertisement from The Washington Post. It was printed on June 23rd, 1961, and you can still go to 585 N. Glebe Rd. today to purchase a Mercedes-Benz.

Where is This on South Dakota Avenue? (1963)

This is a photo of South Dakota Ave., NE that we found at the Library of Congress. We need a little assistance from GoDCers to identify where these homes are, and if they’re still standing today. Source: Library of Congress...
Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Leaders of the march], 08/28/1963

Leaders of the Civil Rights March (1963)

What a terrific old photo from 1963. This is, of course, the Civil Rights March from August 28th of that year and these gentlemen are standing in the Lincoln Memorial. Source: U.S. National Archives

1963 March Attendees: Belafonte, Heston, and Davis Jr.

Here’s an interesting trio of celebrities in attendance at the ’63 March on Washington. Sammy Davis Jr., Charlton Heston, and Harry Belafonte. Source: Library of Congress

What Union Station Looked Like in 1963

What a cool old photo of Union Station (here’s another amazing photo). This was taken by Thomas O’Halloran on August 14, 1963. For some historical context, on August 8th, the Great Train Robbery took place in England and on August...
Demonstrators from a broad political spectrum picket outside the White House during the height of the Cold War confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union over the placement of missile silos in Cuba. The Cuban missile crisis demonstration attracted elements on the fringe of American society as evidenced by the last panel frame showing members of an American neo-Nazi group protesting President John F. Kennedy’s “soft” stance on Cuba.

Neo-Nazis Picket White House; Urge Kennedy to Invade Cuba

This is a shocking old photo from 1962. These neo-Nazis are protesting in front of the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis (October 14th to 28th, 1962), pushing for President Kennedy to invade Cuba. Source: Penn State Special Collections...