Average Cost of new house $12,700.00
Average Monthly Rent $98.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 25 cents
23 inch Television $219.95
Average Cost of a new car $2,600.00
Piaggio / Vespa Scooter $319.95
Can of Beef Ravioli 30 cents
Loaf of Bread 20 cents
Men's Electric Shaver $20.30
Polaroid Land Camera $93.45
The latest in Danish contemporary furniture for the 60's home Danish Contemporary Living Room Furniture $350.00
1960 The cold war continued to become colder as the two sides distrusted the other more and tried to influence other parts of the world. John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson won the Presidency with one of the smallest margins in history ( 113,000 votes ) out of 68.3 million.
The "Flintstones" is shown on television for the first time and movies this year include "The Magnificent Seven" and "Psycho" .
Notable technical achievements include the invention of the Laser and a Heart Pacemaker.
France tests its first atomic bomb and joins those countries with nuclear bomb technology.
Notable names that appear in the limelight that year include "Cassius Clay" and "Sir Francis Chichester" .
The US sends the first troops to Vietnam following the French withdrawal in 1954 in the fight against communist North Vietnam.
Cost of Living 1961
Average Cost of new house $12,500.00
Average Income per year $5,315.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 27 cents
Average Cost of a new car $2,850.00
Bacon for 1 lb 67 cents
Eggs per dozen 30 cents
1961 The cold war continued to worsen with the USSR exploding some very large bombs during testing and then masterminding the building of the Berlin Wall separating East from West Berlin, America sent a battle group to Germany and Americans and Russians Glared at each other across the border, due to this uncertainty many Americans built backyard fallout shelters in case of nuclear war. To make matters worse the Americans financed anti-Castro Cubans for an invasion at the bay of pigs which was an unmitigated disaster.
The Soviets put the first man in space on April 12th Yuri Gagarin followed by the US in May with Alan Shepard.
Popular music included Chubby Checker's “Pony Time” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” by the Shirelles, and top movies included "West Side Story" and "The Parent Trap.
Ref: the People History