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Sixties Pop History President: John F Kennedy Vice President: Lyndon B Johnson

The 1960s The population of the United States is 182,992,000
60s National Debt 292.6 Billion
sixties Unemployment is 5.5%
pop history 1960s Life Expectancy: 70.2 years
information 60s Cost of a first-class stamp is $0.04
events 1961 Academy Award : The Apartment (click to buy) (Best Picture)
facts 1961 Grammy Award : Exodus (click to buy) (song), Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart (click to buy) (album)
pop culture 60's Best Sellers : Franny and Zooey (click to buy) , Tropic of Cancer (click to buy)
important sixties stuff Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes first human in space during a single-orbit flight
60s facts Commander Alan Shepard Jr. becomes first American in space in a suborbital flight
1960's quick facts The Soviet Union builds a wall separating East and West Berlin which intensifies the cold war
pop history Cuban exiles with aid from the CIA attempt to invade Cuba through the Bay of Pigs but fail
1960's history The Berlin Wall is constructed effectively sealing off East Berlin from the west
popular history With cold war tensions growing Kennedy suggests that Americans build fall out shelters in their back yards
60s history President Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps
1960s pop history The Ken doll is introduced and when Barbie meets him it's love at first sight
1961 pop culture The intrauterine device (IUD) is developed for use as a contraceptive
the year 1961 President Kennedy delivers his famous Inaugural address "ask not what your country..." (click to read speech)
1960s history President 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 1961 Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to the West
1961 pop culture General Electric Automatic Toothbrush introduced the first rechargeable electric toothbrush
year 1961 The X-15 driven by Neil Armstrong breaks the manned rocket powered aircraft speed record
1960s history The Fantastic Four debut as new comic book heroes
events in 1961 Iraqi announces it is going to annex Kuwait, who requests Britain to send in troops (sound familiar?)
1960s history The Soviet Union test detonates the largest ever Hydrogen Bomb prompting Americans to build bomb shelters
events in 1961 Television debuts included: Ben Casey, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Dr Kildare and Mr. Ed     (click show title for more info)
a history of the 60s On the music charts Chubby Checker twists his way to #1 (click to buy) The Twist
1960s history Roger 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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