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Yuri Gagarin is the first human in space

President Kennedy announces his goal to initiate a project to put a "man on the moon" before the end of the decade

Venera program: Venera 1 becomes the first manmade object to fly-by another planet by passing Venus

In 1961:

1961 Mercury-Redstone 3

Alan Shepard: First American to make a suborbital flight into space. Mission: Mercury-Redstone 3

Inventions in 1961

35th President: John F. Kenneddy
January 20th 1961 - November 22nd 1963
Democrat

1961 E-type Jaguar

Photo: NASA

The average house cost $20,655
Equivalent today: $151,049

The average car cost $2,850
Equivalent today: $20,842

The average wage was $4,087
Equivalent today: $29,888

1961 Unimate Robot

The first Unimate robot was shipped to GM - used for die casting handling and spot welding

Photo: Dan Smith