1961 – Facts About Me
º We were living in San Antonio, Texas.
º I don’t remember if I asked for the Casper, The Friendly Ghost, jack in the box. I do remember that I was often called Casper while growing up because I was so pale.
1961 – World Events
º US Cuban Exiles and CIA mount unsuccessful attempt to overthrow Castro. Became known as the Bay of Pigs.
º Fidel Castro declares Cuba is to adopt Communism and bans free elections.
º The Soviet Union detonates a 58-megaton yield hydrogen bomb known as Tsar Bomba over Novaya Zemlya. It remains the largest ever man-made explosion.
º John F. Kennedy inaugurated as President of the United States.
º President Kennedy asks Congress for $531 million to put a man on the moon.
º US Freedom Riders begin interstate bus rides to test the new US Supreme Court integration decision.
º Construction of the Berlin Wall begins in Germany.
º Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space.
1961 – Popular Culture
º IBM introduces the Selectric typewriter Golfball.
º “Barbie” gets a boyfriend when the “Ken” doll is introduced.
º Cost of a gallon of gas is 27 cents.
º Pampers, the first disposable diaper, introduced
º Pulitzer prize awarded to Harper Lee for To Kill a Mockingbird.
º Popular films include 101 Dalmatians, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and West Side Story.