Most fads that you imagine about the Swinging Sixties, like the miniskirt, tie-dyed shirts, long and bouffant hairdos, mod suits, and bell bottom pants, did not emerge until the middle of the decade. Before 1963, styles were a continuation of the 1950's. Only after Kennedy died, that a new, more liberal silhouette that reminisced The Roaring Twenties, stepped into the catwalk.
The harm smoking does to one's health was finally officially proved once and for all on January 11, 1964 with the release of Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States. Although the tobacco companies tried to cloud the issue for decades since with increasingly desperate PR, the shift toward the North American population turning against smoking began.
Food and Drink:Music:
In the very early part of the 1960s, rock music was in a lackluster state. That is, until North America was introduced to British band The Beatles in the year 1964 — the band that revolutionized rock music.
Arguably a myth.
Then there was also The Rolling Stones, who came to represent the grittier side of sixties rock.
Bob Dylan, a young man who came from Minnesota, arrived to New York and manage to turn both the worlds of Folk music and Rock music upside down, arguably paving the way to its fusion, Folk-Rock. Expect "Like a Rolling Stone" or, more famously, "Blowin' In The Wind" to appear in documentaries about 60's culture. He was also pals with the Beatles at one point.
"Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen also came out in the year 1963, and started the genre of Garage Rock. That song was suspected of having dirty lyrics, when there were none intentionally note a brief "fuck!" can be heard about a minute in from the drummer dropping/breaking his sticks spoken.
Garage Rock led to the creation of Psychedelic Rock, which is often associated with the hippie counter-cultural movement.