WASHINGTON — Earlier this week, Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post dredge the archives for Washington Redskins game stories from Oct. 23, 1955, the last time the team won in Baltimore, against the Colts.
On Sunday, the Redskins broke the 61-year-old streak, battling back from an early deficit and holding on for a wild finish against the city’s new inhabitants, the Ravens.
It’s hard to imagine how much the world has changed in that span of time, so here’s a glimpse of what the world looked like 61 years ago.
World Facts and News:
- World population: 2.8 billion
- Gallon of gas: $0.29
- Average new home cost: $11,141
- Average new car cost: $2,143
- The U.S. was one week from beginning military intervention in Vietnam
- Exactly 40 years earlier, 25,000 women gathered in New York City to march for Civil Rights
- Exactly 36 years later, Clarence Thomas was sworn in as the second African-American Supreme Court Justice.
Wide World of Sports:
- On this date, the Dominican Baseball League made the decision to switch to a winter schedule for the first time.
- The Washington Senators, one of the eight original American League franchises, was still five years away from bolting to Minnesota.
- Dusty Baker is the only professional D.C. sports coach alive at the time. He was 6 years old.
- Ernie Grunfeld was the only D.C. sports head front office executive alive at the time, born that previous April.
- Top of the Billboard Charts: Autumn Leaves by Roger Williams
- Top movie in the box office: Oklahoma!
- The Mickey Mouse Club debuts on ABC that month
- The first McDonalds franchise opens its doors that year
- Coca-Cola begins selling cans, a major change from its all bottling operation year.
But before anyone gets too nostalgic about the good ol’ days, keep this in mind: only seven in 10 households owned an automobile and black and white TVs were only starting to take over family dens. There was no such thing as the Internet, personal computers or cell phones, and a “tweet” could only reference Tweety Bird, who made her big screen debut 13 years earlier in 1942.