For the first time in my lifetime (and then some), Lord Stanley's Cup will be calling Chicago home for the next year:
And there was much rejoicing!
For reference, the last time the Blackhawks hoisted Lord Stanley's chalice, John F. Kennedy was president. That was the same year the current president was born. Also Diana, Princess of Wales. And the Great One. The farthing was still legal tender in Britain, at least for the month of January. Ham the chimpanzee went briefly into space in the test of the Mercury capsule. A few months later, Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to ascend into space. A couple of months after that, Alan Shepard became the first American to do so. Lawrencium, element no. 103, was discovered. The Peace Corps was born. South Africa withdrew from the British Commonwealth over apartheid. Adolf Eichmann was tried and convicted in Jerusalem of crimes against humanity. The Twenty-Third Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving residents of Washington, DC the right to vote in presidential elections. The United States attempted to invade Cuba, and failed spectacularly. (As has our Cuba policy ever since, by the way.) Kuwait won independence from Britain. Stalin's embalmed corpse was removed from Lenin's tomb, and Stalingrad was renamed Volgograd. Catch-22 was first published. The Vietnam War began, which was, until earlier this month, the longest war in which the United States has ever been involved. Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth's single-season home run record in the final game of the season. The Ken doll was introduced.