The year was 1965. I lived half the year in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA and half in Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA.
Politics - still grieving over death of John F. Kennedy; Civil rights riots across our country; rise of Martin Luther King; anti-war protests about Viet-Nam; draft-card burning; bra burning.
Music - the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits, Bob Dylan, The Temptations, Donovan, The Supremes, The Kinks, Sam Cooke, Herb Alpert, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1965_in_music]
TV - Shindig, The Farmer's Daughter, Days of Our Lives (and it's still on TV!), Lost in Space, Wild Wild West [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1965_in_television]
Books -- Most of my reading was for school. I looked at the best seller list for that year and I don't think I read any of them when I was 16.
Movies - Dr. Zhivago, Sound of Music, What's New, Pussycat? [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1965_in_television]
Special person(s) in my life - my dad, my mother's mother. I didn't have a boyfriend yet.
My heroes - John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, U Thant, Martin Luther King
My style - "Mod" - Mary Quant, Courrege, Carnaby Street. -- short A-line or baby-doll dresses, simple lines, lace collars, etc. I made a lot of my own clothes to have something that was stylish. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1960s_in_fashion]
Perfume - everyday was "Wishing" by Avon, special occasion was White Shoulders, which my grandmother gave me.It's still around and it still reminds me of my grandmother.[http://thevintageperfumevault.blogspot.com/2010/06/white-shoulders-...]
Thanks for all the lovely comments! Jennie, I understand now why the project. Thank you for bugging me until I did my page.
Hatte, you were the person I wanted to be at 16, 17, 18. I was a late bloomer and much more introverted than the person you all know now. I did have my semi-hippie phase, my rebel phase, etc., but not at the same age as most of my friends.
Maria I even bugged my daughter Brigitte (Homs) to add and of course she could not resist, I think she is the youngest participant of all and even she had problems thinking about her 16 th. But when you start its fun it brings back memories.
BTW I was at 16 also very introvert, well at least very shy....
MEZ, Virginia in 1965 was not California in 1966. I was the child of bohemians who had fled the Mid West for California and California was a very rebellious place in the years 1966 - 1971, during my formative years. And my parents, having been bohemians, did not mind my behavior so I was not even really rebellious :)