• First manned space flight of one complete earth orbit was accomplished on April 12 by the USSR Vostok I and Cosmonaut Yury Gagarin.
  • The Berlin wall was erected; it cuts the city in two.
  • President John Kennedy initiates the Peace Corps to aid underdeveloped nations.

Major Yuri Gagarin

Other Facts from 1961

President: John F. Kennedy



Average annual income


New car


Loaf of bread


Gallon of milk


Gallon of gas




Dow Jones Average  610 to 735

Songs From 1961

  “Moon River”
  “Run Around Sue”
  “Love Makes the World Go Around”