Monday, 29 June 2009

Mute Monday: 1961 - A Year in Pictures

Farthings stop being legal tender in the UK

JFK inauguration

Ham the Chimp in space

An infamous Nazi stands trial

The first man in space

A spot of trouble in Cuba

The world's greatest ballet dancer defects to the West

I couldn't find one of Lady Diana Spencer is a baby but she was born this year too.

The first Ken doll put in an appearance in this year.

Americans in space

They started building the Berlin Wall

The first performance of West Side Story

In 1961 John F. Kennedy begins his term as the 35th President of the United States. (TOS: "The Cage"). He later gives his famous "Decision to Go to the Moon" speech. (TOS: "The Cage" remastered). Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy's and Lyndon Johnson make the only contemporary presidential appearances in an original series episode, as images in the Talosian download of the ship's computer.



TROLL Y2K said...

Great 1961 photo array. Thought provoking selections. That wall came a tumbling down.

Happy Mute mOnday!

Buzz Kill said...

I'm glad you were able to pick up where my year left off. I had no idea Star Trek was developed that early in the 60s. Really makes you appreciate everything that was going on around you while you were sucking your thumb. I know I learned alot about my year.

Happy MM!

Boxer said...

I have no memory of 1961 because I was only one, but was this YOUR year, Cake? As Buzz Kill said, I had no idea our Star Trek was actually being discussed this early in the decade. Happy Mute Monday!!

Gorilla Bananas said...

Those space chimps were real pioneers, they don't get enough credit.

Scarlet-Blue said...

Amazing how Star Trek developed...

Joanna Cake said...

Troll - I wanted to do 1986 because it was very eventful but I thought there were a few youngsters who would have that as their own birth year :)

Buzz - Although it didnt come into production until the mid-60s, the ideas were all in Gene's head. As you say, it really makes you think about the things that happened which might have precluded one's life expectancy somewhat if it had gone the other way

Boxer! Am I younger than you too?

Mr Bananas - I really enjoyed reading about the courageous Ham

Miss Scarlet - That clip is really informative isnt it!

Joanna Cake said...

Boxer, Now I understand your comment better! I dont think my year is anywhere near finished yet and I think Id prefer a more cut and dried ending to the current one :)

moi said...

I'm learning so much through everyone's Mutes this Monday. Lots of stuff here I'll have to go back and study further. Happy, happy to you!

Jimmy Bastard said...

How on earth did those huge prams become fashionable? I have some extremely sad photies of myself in one.

Joanna Cake said...

Moi - It's amazing the history that we forget/dismiss because it happened in our lifetime!

Jimmy - Those Silver Cross prams are still fashionable. They are the Rolls Royce of baby buggies :)

Jimmy Bastard said...

See you Joanna... you're no serious doll?

Rolls Royce of prams fae the wee babies? Och nooo... surely no.

Ree said...

You did the year before me! ;-)

Happy Mute Monday