Events of 1961

Published: 1961
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President John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America, is seen here in this June 11, 1963 file photo. (UPI/File)

Unknown Speaker: "Three, two, one, ignition, liftoff. Liftoff."

Unknown Speaker: "There she goes! You can hear the roar as it slowly lifts from its pad, a streaming flame behind it as it goes ... "

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1961, the Year in Perspective, a capsule history in sound and word.

1961 was a year of great hopes and great anxieties; of great conflicts and crises and small progress toward resolving them; a year that brought back familiar names in a different and sometimes tragic vein: Hammarskj?ld, Castro, Khrushchev. In the perspective of time, these events stand out.

On January 20th, the United States inaugurated its 35th President. The young Senator from Massachusetts became the first Roman Catholic and the youngest man ever to hold that office. The voice of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in his Inaugural Address challenged East and West alike.

President John F. Kennedy: "Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depth and encourage the odds in commerce. Let both sides unite to ease in all corners of the Earth the command of Isaiah to undo the heavy burden and let the oppressed go free."