A Look Back To 1960 And A Tobacco Sale In Smithfield

It’s 1960. Elvis pulls his hitch in the U.S. Army, the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings join the National Football League, the Chicago Cardinals move to St. Louis, the patent for the laser is awarded, Ben-Hur and Charlton Heston sweep the the Best Picture and Best Actor Oscars, the first weather satellite is launched into orbit, the 50th star on the 27th flag of the United States is stitched for Hawaii, New York Yankee Mickey Mantle slams homer #300, Chubby Checker is doing the Twist while Ray Charles has Georgia On His Mind and Loretta Lynn is your Honky Tonk Girl, Route 66 debuts on CBS and My Three Sons debuts on ABC, Cassius Clay wins his first fight, changes his name to Muhammad Ali and wins another, John F. Kennedy is running for President and North Carolina’s premiere cash crop is being examined by Ben Baker, Ton Lassiter, Happy Morgan and and two unidentified guests at a tobacco sale in Smithfield.  Photo courtesy of Johnston County Heritage Center. Originally contributed in 2009 by Carter Rabil.