I was born in in 1960.
This might explain a few things.
But, here are some other – possibly more important events that forever changed the world:
- American U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, shot down over Russia (May 1).
- Khrushchev kills Paris summit conference because of U-2 (May 16).
- Top Nazi murderer of Jews, Adolf Eichmann, captured by Israelis inArgentina (May 23)�executed in Israel in 1962.
- Communist China and Soviet Union split in conflict over Communist ideology.
- Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Madagascar, and Zaire (Belgian Congo) gain independence.
- There are 900 US military advisers in South Vietnam. Background: Vietnam War.
- John F. Kennedy defeats Richard Nixon in a closely-fought presidential race.
- Black sit-in at Greensboro, N.C., diner receives national attention. Background: Civil Rights.
- US GDP (1998 dollars): $526.6 billion
- Federal spending: $92.19 billion
- Federal debt: $290.5 billion
- Consumer Price Index: 29.6
- Unemployment: 5.5%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.04Go ahead and contact me.
- World Series Pittsburgh d. NY Yankees (4-3)
- NBA Championship Boston d. St. Louis Hawks (4-3)
- Stanley Cup Montreal d. Toronto (4-0)
- Wimbledon Women: Maria Bueno d. S. Reynolds (8-6 6-0); Men: Neale Fraser d. R. Laver (6-4 3-6 9-7 7-5)
- Kentucky Derby Champion Venetian Way
- NCAA Basketball Championship Ohio St. d. California (75-55)
- NCAA Football Champions Minnesota (AP, UPI, NFF) (8-2-0) & Mississippi (FW) (10-0-1)
- This was, of course an Olympic year as well.
- Seventy million people watch the presidential debate between Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon.
- John Coltrane forms his own quartet and becomes the voice of jazz’s New Wave movement.
- Ninety percent of U.S. homes have a television set.
- Alfred Hitchcock’s Psychoterrifies movie-goers and becomes one of the year’s most successful films, as well as one of the most memorable psychological thrillers.
- The first working laser is built by T. H. Maiman (US).
- Echo I, the first communications satellite, is launched.
- NASA launches Tiros I, the first weather satellite. Background: Space Exploration
- John Barth, The Sot-Weed Factor
- Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
- Flannery O’Connor, The Violent Bear It Away
- Anne Sexton, To Bedlam and Part Way Back
- William Styron, Set This House on Fire
- John Updike, Rabbit, Run
Tell me what year you were born, and I will come up with a similar list.
My “Brilliant Feat” by Colin Hay.
Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.
Brian Patrick Cork