Memorable Events of 1961

Tomorrow is my Birthday! It’s the big one. 50. Yikes!

It all happened so fast. Seems like a few years ago I was turning 25. That was a momentous birthday for me. My mom was so sweet and made me a special dinner. She gave me a Happy Bearthday coffee cup that I still have and that my oldest son Daniel, when he turned 25, drank his coffee from that same cup! I remember thinking…wow!….a quarter of a century years old! Now I’m half way there. Geez.

Anyways… in celebration of this landmark occasion I want to share some events that happened in my birthyear. Some pretty cool, some not.

  • Walt Disney’s 101 Dalmatians was the top grossing film of the year at  $60,679,097

  • West Side Story was #2 , but won 4 Academy Awards and Breakfast At Tiffany’s #7 (I love Audrey Hepburn)

  • January 20 – John F. Kennedy is the first U.S. president to be sworn in, in a color telecast on television.
  • Car 54, Where Are You?, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Mister Ed all made their television debut.
  • January 31 – Ham the Chimp, a 37-pound (17-kg) male chimpanzee, is rocketed into space aboard Mercury-Redstone 2.      
  • March 21- the Beatles perform at the Cavern Club, Liverpool for the 1st time.

  • May 5 – Mercury program: Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space aboard Mercury-Redstone 3.
  • May 4 – U.S. Freedom Riders begin interstate bus rides to test the new U.S. Supreme Court integration decision. Without great success.

  • August 13 – Construction of the Berlin Wall begins. The wall is completed in just 18 days!

  • November – The Fantastic Four #1 comic debuts, launching the Marvel Universe and revolutionizing the American comic book industry. 10 cents!!

  • December 3- Lori Ann Herrick was born to Ken and Barbara Herrick

  • December 11-The Vietnam War officially begins, as the first American helicopters arrive in Saigon along with 400 U.S. personnel.
  • Here is a picture of a 1961 Volkswagen Bug….this really was our family car!

Hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Truth is I had to search out most of this information on the internet. Thank you Wikipedia for help with the year I was born, because sometimes I can’t even remember what happened yesterday….I am 50 years old now and they say your memory is the first to go!

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16 thoughts on “Memorable Events of 1961

  1. by the clock on my computer at this exact second it is only 11:29 PM on the 1st of December so your birthday is still a whole day away. So you are still 49 years old for one more day 🙂 I love you Lori. Happy Birthday to the greatest sister in the world!

  2. Happy Birthday, Sweet Lori!
    If you’re a half a century old, what does that make me? Dead? In “dog years” I’d be dead for sure!
    It was the best day in ’61!! Love ya! MOM

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  4. Have a blessed and joyful Birthday, Lori. You go girl!
    I loved reading your post about events from that year. I am only 12 years older than you BUT I can remember all of those things first hand! I AM ANCIENT…………
    Happy Happy Day!

  5. Happy, Happy BearthDay Lori!!!!
    Don’t worry, you are still younger than me and loads of the rest of your bloging family. I thoroughly enjoyed the history review (I lived through it, so shouldn’t I remember all of it?). It was, as someone else suggested a very good year!
    Elyse

  6. Thank you everyone for your birthday wishes. I had the most excellent birthday! My grandkids ages 5 and 3 called me on the phone and sang Happy Birthday to me. Now that’s a reward for turning 50!

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