1960s Pop History – 1961

Sixties Pop HistoryPresident: John F Kennedy Vice President: Lyndon B Johnson
The 1960sThe population of the United States is 182,992,000
60sNational Debt 292.6 Billion
sixtiesUnemployment is 5.5%
pop history 1960sLife Expectancy: 70.2 years
information 60sCost of a first-class stamp is $0.04
events 1961Academy Award : The Apartment (click to buy)  (Best Picture)
facts 1961Grammy Award : Exodus (click to buy)  (song), Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart (click to buy)  (album)
pop culture 60'sBest Sellers : Franny and Zooey (click to buy)  , Tropic of Cancer (click to buy) 
important sixties stuffSoviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes first human in space during a single-orbit flight
60s factsCommander Alan Shepard Jr. becomes first American in space in a suborbital flight
1960's quick factsThe Soviet Union builds a wall separating East and West Berlin which intensifies the cold war
pop historyCuban exiles with aid from the CIA attempt to invade Cuba through the Bay of Pigs but fail
1960's historyThe Berlin Wall is constructed effectively sealing off East Berlin from the west
popular historyWith cold war tensions growing Kennedy suggests that Americans build fall out shelters in their back yards
60s historyPresident Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps
1960s pop historyThe Ken doll is introduced and when Barbie meets him it’s love at first sight
1961 pop cultureThe intrauterine device (IUD) is developed for use as a contraceptive
the year 1961President Kennedy delivers his famous Inaugural address “ask not what your country…” (click to read speech)
1960s historyPresident Kennedy announces his goal to put a man on the Moon before the end of the decade thus starting the Apollo Space Program
imporant events in 1961Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to the West
1961 pop cultureGeneral Electric Automatic Toothbrush introduced the first rechargeable electric toothbrush
year 1961The X-15 driven by Neil Armstrong breaks the manned rocket powered aircraft speed record
1960s historyThe Fantastic Four debut as new comic book heroes
events in 1961Iraqi announces it is going to annex Kuwait, who requests Britain to send in troops (sound familiar?)
1960s historyThe Soviet Union test detonates the largest ever Hydrogen Bomb prompting Americans to build bomb shelters
events in 1961Television debuts included: Ben Casey, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Dr Kildare and Mr. Ed     (click show title for more info)
a history of the 60sOn the music charts Chubby Checker twists his way to #1 (click to buy) The Twist 
1960s historyRoger Maris breaks Babe Ruth’s single season home run record , some controversy over the length of the season still remains (click for more on, Sports)

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