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The Year is 1961 ...

President Eisenhower severs diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Bay of Pigs. Named after the bay on the south-central coast of Cuba, a United States/CIA -backed invasion of Cuba is overcome by Cuban military. Three US-made airplanes piloted by Cubans bomb Cuban air bases. US-trained cubans also invade several sites in Cuba, but all are subdued and captured. The US will later pay over $50 million in food and medicine in exchange for release of prisoners.

Commander Alan B. Shephard, Jr., US Navy becomes the first American in space. Using a Redstone launch vehicle (rocket) and Mercury capsule, "
Freedom 7" tests human capability in space travel and basic flight capabilities of the Mercury capsule. Flight is suborbital.
The number seven denotes the seven original astronauts (Malcolm Scott Carpenter, Leroy Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Kent Slayton).

Mercury-Redstone 4 (capsule/rocket) is the second manned space mission as astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom is aboard the "
Liberty Bell 7" which further tests human capabability in space. Flight is suborbital.

Robert N. Noyce develops the first semi-conductor.

A Northwest Orient Airlines Electra (Lockheed L-188C) Flight 706 takes off from O'Hare and crashes in Bensenville. The crash kill all 37 aboard.

A TWA Lockheed L-049 plane Flight 529 takes off from Midway and crashes in the Clarendon Hills - Hindsdale region. The crash kills 78.

Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Redwings, 4-1, to win the NHL Stanley Cup Championship.

Bozo's Circus airs for the first time on

St. Viator High School opens. Sacred Heart of Mary High School is founded as a school for young women who attend classes in a wing of St. Viator until Sacred Heart opens in Rolling Meadows in 1962 St. Viator will become co-ed beginning with the 1987-1988 school year as Sacred Heart of Mary closes its doors.

District 25 Kensington Elementary School opens.

West Side Story
wins an Oscar
for Best Picture
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