Thursday, September 1, 2011

Happy Birthday, Brian!

Happy Birthday to my sweetheart, Brian who turns 51 today!

Sammy and Brian - Summer 2011

I thought it might be interesting to take a look at some events that happened 51 years ago (1960). Brian is a big history buff, so I found this little exercise quite fun!
  • In January 1960, John F. Kennedy announced his candidacy for US President
  • In February 1960 in Greensboro, NC, four black students from NC Agricultural and Technical University began a sit in at a segregated Woolworth's lunch counter; although they are refused service, they are allowed to stay at the counter. The event triggers many similar nonviolent protests throughout the South and six months later, the original four protesters are served lunch at the same counter.
  • In March, Elvis returns from Germany after a two year stint in the US Army.
  • In April, Ben Hur wins best picture at the 32nd Academy Awards.
  • In June, Harper Lee (no relation that I know of) publishes her novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird" which later wins the Pulitzer Prize for the best novel of 1960.
  • In September, Cassius Clay wins the gold medal in light-heavyweight boxing. He later becomes Muhammed Ali.
  • In October, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushcev pounds his shoe on a table at a meeting of the United National General Assembly, his way of protesting the discussion of the Soviet Union's policies toward Eastern Europe.
  • On October 13th; The Pittsburgh Pirates win the 1960 World Series in game 7 on a home fun hit by Bill Mazeroski for a 10-9 victory over the New York Yankees. It was the first time in the history of the Series that a homer had won the championship.
  • In November 1960, Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers gets 55 rebounds in an NBA game against the Boston Celtics.
Famous people born in 1960 include:
  • REM Frontman, Michael Stipe (January 4th)
  • NFL Football player, Howie Long (January 6th)
  • American Diver, Greg Louganis (January 29th)
  • MLB player, Joe Carter (March 7th)
  • Actress Valarie Bertanelli (April 23rd)
  • U2 Frontman, Bono (May 10th)
  • Actor Sean Penn (August 17th)
  • MLB Player Cal Ripken Jr. (August 24th)
  • Delaware native, Brian K. Lee (September 1st)
  • English actor, Hugh Grant (September 9th)
  • MLB Player, Harold Reynolds (November 26th)
  • Actress Darryl Hannah (December 3rd)

Thanks to google for awesome images