1961 Facts & Figures

  • The Flintstones is aired for the first time and becomes the first cartoon show to air in prime time.

  • Barry Gordy starts Motown Records in Detroit.

  • Top Songs: 
      - Big Bad John 
      - Blue Moon 
      - Will You Love Me Tomorrow 
      - The Lion Sleeps Tonight 
      - Runaround Sue
      - Take Good Care Of My Baby
      - Runaway

  • Best Picture - West Side Story

  • Best Actress - Sophia Loren for "Two Women''

  • Best Actor - Maximillian Schell for "Judgment at Nuremberg''

  • Slip 'N Slide introduced

  • Bob Dylan's first gig in NYC

  • Weight Watchers founded by 214-lb. Jean Nidetch

  • Roger Maris hits 61 homes

  • Fallout shelters and civil defense drills become the norm

  • TV Shows:
      -Dr. Kildare
      -Car 54 Where Are You?
      -The Joey Bishop Show
      -The Defenders
      -Walt Disney's Wonderful World Of Color
      -The Donna Reed Show
      -Ben Casey
      -Sing Along With Mitch

  • News Headlines:

    • Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, is the first person in space.
    • Alan Shepard is the first American in space.
    • Freedom Riders to desegregate buses in the South are met with violence.
    • East and West Germany are cut into by the construction of the Berlin Wall.
    • XXIII Amendment is added to the U.S. Constitution allowing D.C. residents to vote in presidential elections.
    • JFK is inaugurated.
    • 1,400 armed exiles organized, by the CIA, landed at the Bay of Pigs but failed to overthrow Castro's government.
    • The Peace Corps is established.
    • A presidential news conference is televised for the first time.
  • Postage stamp - 4

  • Loaf of bread - 21

  • Quart of milk - 26

  • Dozen eggs - 57

  • Pound of bacon - 67

  • Median family annual income - $5,737

  • Gallon of gas - 31

  • Annual inflation rate - 1.07%

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