The Year, 1961: Background information when reading Ordinary Grace

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Ordinary Grace

by William Kent Krueger

Ordinary Grace
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    Mar 2013, 320 pages
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The Year, 1961

Ordinary Grace is set in the Midwestern United States in 1961. Although it was a time of peace and prosperity for much of the country, many important events were taking place around the world that year:

  • January 20: President Kennedy 43-year-old John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th President of the United States, still the youngest person ever to hold the office.
  • January 31: Ham the Astrochimp became the first primate launched into outer space. The Cameroon-born Ham (which is an acronym for the Holloman Aerospace Medical Center where Ham was prepped), was five years old at the time. He returned successfully to earth and retired to the National Zoo in Washington. He died in 1983 at the age of 26.
  • February 9: The Beatles performed for the first time at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. From 1961 to 1963 The Beatles performed 292 times at the club. The venue was also where their manager, Brian Epstein, first saw them play (November 9, 1961). Click on the video below to watch the ...

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