|July 1925 - December 1970|
|Gus Wilson's Model Garage|
1961 Table of Contents
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In the News...
● U.S. breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba (Jan. 3).
● Moscow announces putting first man in orbit around Earth, Maj. Yuri A. Gagarin (April 12).
● Cuba invaded at Bay of Pigs by an estimated 1,200 anti-Castro exiles aided by U.S.; invasion crushed (April 17).
● First U.S. spaceman, Navy Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard, Jr., rockets 116.5 miles up in 302-mile trip (May 5).
● Virgil Grissom becomes second American astronaut, making 118-mile-high, 303-mile-long rocket flight over Atlantic (July 21).
● Gherman Stepanovich Titov is launched in Soviet spaceship Vostok II: makes 171/2 orbits in 25 hours, covering 434,960 miles before landing safely (Aug. 6).
● East Germans erect Berlin Wall between East and West Berlin to halt flood of refugees (Aug. 13).
● USSR fires 50-megaton hydrogen bomb, biggest explosion in history (Oct. 29).
● There are 2,000 U.S. military advisers in South Vietnam.
● Final DeSoto built