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1960

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U.S. Facts

  • President: Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)
  • Population: 180,671,000
  • Life Expectancy: 69.7 years
  • Unemployment: 5.5%
  • Average Annual Salary: $6,227
  • Minimum Wage: $1.00 per hour
  • Inflation Rate: 1.77%

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $2,275
  • Gasoline: $0.31 per gallon
  • House: $18,500
  • Bread: $0.20 per loaf
  • Milk: $1.04 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.04

Major U.S. Events

  • The U.S. announces that 3,500 American troops are going to be sent to Vietnam
  • Black sit-in in Greensboro, N.C. at a Woolworth's lunch counter
  • John F. Kennedy elected President in narrow contest over Richard Nixon

Major World Events

  • Communist China and Soviet Union split in conflict over Communist ideology
  • Soviet Union shoots down an American U-2 reconnaissance airplane over Soviet airspace & captures (& sentences) piolt Gary Powers, forcing U.S. to commit espionage
  • East Germany closes its border with West Berlin

February-March

  • France tests its first atomic bomb
  • Massacre in Sharpeville, South Africa: Afrikaner police open fire on a group of unarmed black South African demonstraters, killing 69 & wounding 180
  • The Barbie Doll debuts

May-July

  • Food and Drug Administration approves sale of the birth control pill
  • The nuclear submarine USS Nautilus completes the first under wanter circumnavigation of the Earth

August-November

  • In response to a U.S. embargo, Cuba nationalizes American and foreign-owned property in the nation
  • Disgruntled railroad workers effectively half operations of the Pennsylvania Railroad
  • Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the Lady Chatterley's Lover case

Top Songs

  • Theme From 'A Summer Place'by Percy Faith/li>
  • He'll Have to Go by Jim Reeves
  • Cathy's Clown by The Everly Brothers
  • Running Bear by Johnny Preston
  • Teen Angel by Mark Dinning

Other New Songs

  • The Twist by Chubby Checker
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight? by Elvis Presley
  • Georgia On My Mind by Ray Charles
  • Save the Last Dance for Me by The Drifters
  • When Will I Be Loved? by The Everly Brothers

Top Movies

  • The Apartment
  • Spartacus
  • Psycho
  • Elmer Gantry
  • Inherit the Wind

Top Books

  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich William L. Shirer
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • For Your Eyes Only by Ian Fleming
  • Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? by Henry Farrell
  • Green Eggs And Ham by Dr. Seuss

Top TV Shows (1959-60)

  • Gunsmoke
  • Wagon Train
  • Have Gun Will Travel
  • The Danny Thomas Show
  • The Red Skelton Show

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • Pittsburgh Pirates d. New York Yankees

Pro Football: Championships

  • NFL: Philadelphia Eagles d. Green Bay Packers
  • AFL: Houston Oilers d. Los Angeles Chargers

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Montreal Canadiens d. Toronto Maple Leafs

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Boston Celtics d St. Louis Hawks

NCAA Champions

  • Football: Minnesota Golden Gophers
  • Basketball: Ohio Sate Buckeyes

Other Champions

  • Winter Olympics: (Rome, Italy): USSR
  • Summer Olympics: (Squaw Valley, USA): USSR
  • Boxing: Floyd Patterson regains the heavyweight title
  • Golf: Arnold Palmer is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Neale Fraser and Rodney Laver win U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Venetian Way wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Jim Rathmann wins Indianapolis 500
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