Sunday night into Monday morning I had a difficult time getting some sleep. There was nothing wrong, I just couldn’t settle. This doesn’t happen very often. I knew Kathy and I had to go out early on Tuesday morning and wouldn’t be home until late in the evening. I knew I probably wouldn’t have time to come up with a post so I thought I would write it Monday (which I am doing) and then just link it on Tuesday.
This was going through my head as I tried to settle into sleep. The only problem was that I didn’t have an idea for a topic. The more sleep evaded me the more I thought about possible topics. Then for no sane reason whatsoever, I came up with this.
I had started thinking about the year I was born – 1951. I started wondering what things were like the year I was born. I did some on line checking and discovered a few things. In 1951, I was born on August 4 and this is what was happening in America:
- The New Jersey Turnpike was built
- The average family income was #3,700
- Cars became more luxurious with more powerful engines
- Turn signals on cars was still an option so many people used hand signals to show their intent to turn
- The first tests for color television pictures were broadcast from the Empire State Building
- Average cost of a new house was $9,000
- A gallon of gas costs 19 cents
- A new car went for $1,500
- You could go to the store for a loaf of bread (16 cents), a pound of ground meat (50 cents), a pound of bacon (52 cents), and a dozen eggs (24 cents) and still get change from #2.00
- Direct dial coast-to-coast telephone service begins in the U. S.
- the 22nd Amendment (limiting presidential term of office to 8 years) is ratified
- first nuclear bomb test at Nevada test site
- The term Rock N Roll is coined by Cleveland Disc Jockey Alan Freed
- The Dennis the Menace comic strip appears for the first time in U. S. newspapers
- Popular films were
- An American in Paris
- The African Queen
- A Streetcar Named Desire
- The Day the Earth Stood Still
- Popular music artists included
- Perry Como
- Nat King Cole
- Mario Lanza
- Tony Bennet
- I also share a birthday with
- Phil Collins
- Jane Seymore
I guess maybe 1951 wasn’t that bad a year. So, what was happening the year you were born?