The Seattle's World Fair opens, built around the futuristic theme "Century 21."
From "The Washington Journey," a 2009 textbook for 7th-graders:
The Space Needle, now an emblem for downtown Seattle, was built for the World's Fair in 1962. The Space Needle was a symbol of the nation's space program, which was pushing hard to get a man on the moon before the Soviets did. The World's Fair was a chance to show what the future might bring in science and technology. A huge science exhibit stressed more science eduation for American students. The monorail was an example of future transportation. It still operates in downtown Seattle.
* Essay from www.historylink.org (Washington state history site): @
* www.62worldsfair.com: @
* "Seattle World's Fair: Then and Now": @
* Anniversary coverage from The Seattle Times: @
* Newsreel on fair's opening: @
* "Let's Go to the Fair" (CBS report with Walter Cronkite): @* "Century 21 Calling" (Bell System video): @
* Time-lapse video of Space Needle construction: @
* Life magazine, February 9: @
* Life magazine, May 4: @
* "Seattle's 1962 World's Fair" (2010 book by Bill Cotter): @
* "What'll It Be Like in 2000 A.D.?" (Popular Science, April 1962): @
* "Journey to the Stars" (American Cinematographer, 1963): @