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British Invasion2 of 11
Beatlemania wouldn't hit the U.S. until 1964, but back in Liverpool, John Lennon and his fellow bandmates performed at local spot The Cavern Club. A year later, Ringo Starr would join the group and the Fab Four would release their first single in the U.K., "Love Me Do."
Seeing Stars3 of 11
October was a big month for actress Natalie Wood, who had two movies in theaters: Splendor in the Grass and West Side Story. At the West Side Story premiere (pictured), she arrived with Splendor co-star and notorious heart-breaker Warren Beatty.
Singled Out4 of 11
Debuting on Oct. 3, The Dick Van Dyke Show stirred up controversy for its portrayal of a physical relationship between fictional husband and wife Rob and Laura Petrie, played by Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. Of course, the intimacy was only implied, with the couple sleeping in side-by-side single beds, naturally.
First Lady Like5 of 11
With her signature pillbox hat and tailored suits, Jacqueline Kennedy became an instant style icon. Designer Oleg Cassini was responsible for her White House ensembles, as seen here modeled by a quartet of first lady lookalikes.
A Cut Above6 of 11
Although Vidal Sassoon hadn't yet given Mary Quant her statement-making angular bob or Mia Farrow her unforgettable pixie, in 1961, the hairstylist was honing his skills at his Bond Street salon in London. Sassoon is credited with giving women cuts that they could maintain every six weeks rather than having their hair set weekly at the beauty parlor.
Fashion Forward7 of 11
In late September, International Herald Tribune reported that former Dior designer Yves Saint Laurent would launch his eponymous fashion house in the spring of 1962. Only 26 at the time, Laurent would become famous for his tuxedo jackets, Mondrian prints and Safari-inspired pantsuit.
Shop Girl8 of 11
Released on Oct. 5, Breakfast at Tiffany's was an instant hit. As Holly Golightly, Audrey Hepburn delivered one of her most memorable (and charming) performances, while also inspiring a classic look that's still popular today.
The Shrimp9 of 11
Before Twiggy, there was British model Jean Shrimpton (aka The Shrimp). Posed here with a mini transistor radio (which made music portable for the first time), Shrimpton would eventually appear on the covers of magazines including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Vanity Fair.
Author's Note10 of 11
Nearly 10 years after the publication of The Catcher in the Rye, reclusive author J.D. Salinger published Franny and Zooey, two interrelated long stories about brother and sister Franny and Zooey Glass. On Oct. 29, the book was number one on The New York Times Best Seller List, and continues to win fans with each new generation of angst-y teens.
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Round & Round11 of 11
Chubby Checker's "The Twist" was released in 1960, and in '61, he followed up his dance anthem with "Let's Twist Again," another instant hit. At left, the singer himself shows off his twisting moves at a charity event with Mrs. Arthur Murray.
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