1960 — Facts About Me
- I think this photo is actually from 1961 when I was three. But since I highlighted 1961 in my last Pictures from the Past, I decided to focus on 1960.
- As you can see, we were big on shower caps. I used to wonder why women often wore shower caps in the past and not today. I figured it might be because they used to go to the beauty shop once a week to get their hair done. A shower cap saved their “do.” (Since as a three-year-old I didn’t go to the beauty shop, I have no idea why I’m using a shower cap.) Anyone have different theories on shower cap usage? 😀
1960 — World Events and Miscellany
- Soviet missile shoots down US U2 spy plane
- The United States launches the world’s first nuclear powered Aircraft Carrier the USS Enterprise.
- Nikita Khrushchev pounds his shoe on a table at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to protest the discussion of the Soviet Union’s policies toward Eastern Europe.
- John F. Kennedy elected US president
- Xerox introduces the first commercial document reproduction machine
- Cost of a gallon of gas — 25 cents
- Aluminum cans used for the first time
- The Flintstones TV show premiers
- Wilma Rudolph, a former polio patient, wins three gold medals in sprint events on the track. She is acclaimed as “the fastest woman in the world.”
- The Pittsburgh Pirates win the 1960 World Series in Game 7, on a home run hit by Bill Mazeroski for a 10–9 victory over the New York Yankees. It was the first time in the history of the Series that a homer had won the championship.
- The farthing, used since the 13th century, ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom.
- Ancient biblical scrolls are discovered in a cave one thousand feet above the Dead Sea.