Probably the best invention of all time. in 1954, the year I was born, 29 million U.S. households had television sets, doubled since 1951. They became a main fixture of the home. (and still is) Like an altar to the television gods, we used to place, family pictures, flowers and display our birthday cards on top of the TV set. (remember when we called it a TV set?) The television was a part of the family and it was included in many of our family photos.
They were all so happy and smiling, to be standing next to the TV SET.
When we were not posing in front of the television, we took pictures of the family, WATCHING television.
1961 Events & Facts MAJOR EVENTS:
Outgoing President Eisenhower issues warning of a "military industrial complex" developing in America
President Kennedy establishes Peace Corps
Cuban exiles fail in their bid to invade Cuba through the Bay of Pigs; President Kennedy accepts responsibility
Soviets build wall dividing East and West Berlin
Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann tried in Israel, found guilty
"Freedom Riders" travel throughout the South to test and promote integration measures; many are assaulted and beaten
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes first human in space during a single-orbit flight Commander Alan Shephard Jr. becomes first American in space in a suborbital flight aboard Mercury 3;
Virgil Grissom follows in similar fashion two months later
Soviet space probe Venera 1 becomes the first man-made vehicle to reach another planet when it arrives at Venus
First lasers developed
Anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey discover Homo habilis in the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania
Electric toothbrushes introduced
"Frito" corn chips appear
FUN FACTS: "Barbie" gets a boyfriend when the "Ken" doll is introduced