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1960s Technology

Spacewar! was devised in 1961 and is one of the earliest known digital computer games.


In 1962 the audio (compact) cassette was invented.

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In 1963, the first touch-tone telephones were introduced.

Model 2500 Telephone

In 1966, the first Intercity train was used, which could travel much quicker than old steam and diesel trains. Many trains now run using electricity, which is much quieter and cleaner.

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On 4th July 1967 Donald Campbell broke the world water speed record on Coniston Water in the Lake District. He successfully reached a speed of over 320mph but was instantly killed when his boat, Bluebird K7 flipped over and disintegrated.


In 1969, the first pelican crossings were introduced which had a button for pedestrians to press when the wanted to cross the road and an illuminated 'green man' which flashed when the traffic had to be stopped and it was safe to cross over. Their name is derived from PELICON, an acronym of 'pedestrian light controlled'.

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Television sets became much more popular during the 1960s, with BBC2 broadcasting its first colour pictures in 1967. Famous programmes from the 1960s included:
  • Coronation Street (which first aired as a twice-weekly drama in 1960 on Granada television);
  • Doctor Who (first broadcast in 1963 about a time-travelling adventurer, initially devised as a fun way of teaching children about science and history);
  • Andy Pandy
  • Magic Roundabout
  • Trumpton
  • Thunderbirds
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