Our Senior Year

May, 1961

(Music:  "Runaway" by Del Shannon)

 

 

Number One Songs

 

May 1 - May 21:  "Runaway" by Del Shannon 

May 22 - May 28:  "Mother-in-Law" by Ernie K-Doe

May 29 - May 31:  "Travelin' Man" by Ricky Nelson

 

 

 

Historic Events

 

1 - First U.S. airplane hijacked to Cuba
1 - Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba
1 - Pulitzer Prize awarded to Harper Lee ("To Kill a Mockingbird")
4 - 13 Freedom riders began bus trip through South
4 - CORE begins freedom rides from Washington, D.C.
5 - Alan Shepard becomes first American in space aboard "Freedom 7"
6 - 87th Kentucky Derby: Johnny Sellers wins aboard Carry Back
9 - FCC Chairman Newton N. Minow criticizes TV as a "vast wasteland"
14 - Bus with first group of Freedom Riders bombed and burned in Alabama
17 - Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers
20 - 87th Preakness Race: Johnny Sellers wins aboard Carry Back
20 - White mob attacks "Freedom Riders" in Montgomery, Alabama
22 - First revolving restaurant ("Top Of The Needle" in Seattle) opens
24 - 27 Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, Mississippi
25 - President John F. Kennedy announces goal to put a man on moon before the end of decade
28 - Amnesty International founded
30 - Long time Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo is assassinated in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
31 - Union of South Africa leaves British Commonwealth and becomes a republic

 

 

Famous Birthdays

 

1 - Steven Cauthen, jockey (1978 Kentucky Derby - Affirmed)
3 - Joe Murray, American cartoonist
4 - Mary Elizabeth McDonough, Van Nuys, CA, actress
6 - George Clooney, Lexington, KY, actor
13 - Dennis Rodman, NBA forward (Chicago Bulls)
17 - Enya, Irish singer and songwriter
23 - Drew Carey, Cleveland, OH, actor/comedian
27 - Jill Sterkel, U.S. Olympics swimmer
29 - David Palmer, heavy metal drummer
29 - Melissa Etheridge, singer/songwriter/guitarist
31 - Lea Thompson, actress

 

 

Famous Deaths

 

8 - James Fairfax, actor ("Gale Storm Show"), dies at 63
13 - Gary Cooper, two time Academy Award winning actor ("High Noon"), dies at 60
18 - Henry O'Neill, actor ("Nothing But Trouble"), dies
19 - Joe Howard, singer ("Gay Nineties Revue"), dies at 94
22 - Joan Davis, actress ("I Married Joan"), dies at 53
30 - Rafael Trujillo, dictator Dominican Republic, murdered at 69