The world as it was in 1961............

President:  John F. Kennedy  Vice President:  Lyndon B. Johnson 
Population: 
183,691,481 + me!  Life expectancy:  70.2 years 
Dow-Jones 
  High:  734  Low:  610 
Federal spending: 
$97.72 billion  Federal debt:  $292.6 billion  Inflation:  1.9%  Consumer Price Index:  29.9   President:  John F. Kennedy  Vice President:  Lyndon B. Johnson 
Population: 
183,691,481  Life expectancy:  70.2 years 
Dow-Jones 
  High:  734  Low:  610 
Federal spending: 
$97.72 billion  Federal debt:  $292.6 billion  Inflation:  1.9%  Consumer Price Index:  29.9  Unemployment:  5.5% 
Prices Cost of a new home:  $17,200.00  Cost of a new car:  $  Cost of a first-class stamp:  $0.04  Cost of a gallon of regular gas:  $0.31  Cost of a dozen eggs:  $0.57  Cost of a gallon of Milk: 

 In 1961 the Berlin Wall was built in Germany. It served as a symbol of the cold war's division of east and west Germany.

What happened in 1961?  Well, let's see......................................

 JoJoWazoo was born!

On Television: Mr. Ed the talking horse debuts.

A fire at the Thomas Hotel in San Francisco kills 20 people.

Mickey Mantle becomes the highest paid baseball player by signing a $75,000 contract.

John F. Kennedy is inaugrated as a U.S president.

Ham the Chimp travels into outer space

The Sunday Telegraph publishes its first issue.

Trial of Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem.

Discovery of the chemical elements: Element 103, Lawrencium, is first synthesized (Berkeley, California).

A Boeing 707 crashes in Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team and several coaches.

Explorer 9 launched. (See Explorer program

1961 - Uganda becomes self-governing as its first elections held.

Hassan II becomes King of Morocco.

Max Conrad circumnavigates the earth in eight days, 18 hours and 49 minutes setting a new world record.

In Cannes, France, Jean-Claude Pascal wins the sixth Eurovision Song Contest for Luxembourg singing "Nous les amoureux" (We the lovers).

The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is signed at New York.<!--See http://www.incb.org/e/conv/1961/-->

Bob Dylan makes his singing début in New York City

Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man to fly in space.

CONCP is founded in Casablanca as a united front of African movements opposing Portuguese colonial rule.

The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba ends in failure.

The 17th century Swedish ship Vasa is salvaged. 

American civil rights movement: The "Freedom Riders" begin a bus trip through the South.

American civil rights movement: Alabama Governor John Patterson declares martial law in an attempt to restore order after race riots break out.

American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for "disturbing the peace" after disembarking from their bus.

Apollo program: U.S. president John F. Kennedy announces before a special joint session of Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a "man on the moon" before the end of the decade.

Creation of the Republic of South Africa.

Lake Bodom murders in FinlandRudolf Nureyev defects at Le Bourget airport in Paris

The New Democratic Party of Canada is founded with the merger of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and the Canadian Labour Congress.

Kuwait declares independence from the United Kingdom.


Mercury program: Gus Grissom piloting the Mercury 4 capsule "Liberty Bell 7" becomes the second American to go into space (in a suborbital mission).

Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) founded in Nicaragua. At Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, the first All-Star Game tie in major league baseball history occurs when the game is stopped in the 9th inning due to rain. 

Six Flags Over Texas, the first Six Flags park, opens.

The German Democratic Republic closes the border between the eastern and western sectors of Berlin, to thwart its inhabitants' attempts to escape to the West.

Construction begins on the Berlin Wall, Conrad Schumann flees from East Germany.  Formation of the World Wildlife Fund.

Hurricane Carla strikes Texas with winds of 175 miles per hour.

Bob Dylan makes his public debut.

A military coup in Damascus effectively ends the United Arab Republic, the union between Egypt and Syria.

The New York Times publishes music critic Robert Shelton's review of a performance from little known singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, which will lead to Dylan's discovery by Columbia Records representative John Hammond

Baseball: Roger Maris sets new record for most home runs in a single season with 61, surpassing Babe Ruth's previous mark of 60.

"Bye Bye Birdie" closes at Martin Beck Theater New York City after 607 performances.

Approximately 200 Algerian protesters (some claim up to 400) are massacred by the Paris police

Due to "violations of Lenin's precepts", it is decreed that Josef Stalin's body be removed from its place of honour inside Lenin's tomb and buried near the Kremlin wall with a plain granite marker instead.

In the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin's body is removed from Lenin's Tomb

Neil A. Armstrong records a world record speed in a jet plane of 6,587km/h flying a X-15.

Vladimir Yefimovich Semichastny succeeds Aleksandr Nikolayevich Shelepin as head of the KGB. Roger Maris

is voted the American League MVP (baseball)

Michael Rockefeller, son of New York governor Nelson Rockefeller, disappears in the jungles near Atsj, Papua New Guinea. Mercury-Atlas 5  

is launched with Enos the chimp aboard (the spacecraft orbited the Earth twice and splashed-down off the coast of Puerto Rico ).

The independent Republic of West Papua is proclaimed in modern-day Western New Guinea. Cold War: In a nationally broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declares that he is a Marxist-Leninist and that Cuba was going to adopt Communism.

A fire at a circus in Niteroi, Brazil kills 323 people.

Indonesia invades New Guinea to annex western New Guinea, formerly known as Netherlands New Guinea.

The Indian Army invades the Portuguese  province of Estado da India Portuguesa (PortugueseState of India) which will become part of India.

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