A Year to Remember, the classic series that recalls the definitive events of the 20th Century, compiles contemporary news coverage drawn from the world-famous British Pathé archive. Pathé News set the standard for cinematic journalism, keeping audiences both informed and entertained for nearly six decades. This programme does the same for a new generation and details not only the major political issues that dominated the day, but also key social changes and cultural trends. This was a year of contradictions. The accelerating progress of scientific knowledge brought hope of relief from disease and drudgery and Yuri Gagarin became the first man to go into space. The question was whether the human race would be around long enough to enjoy the fruits of all this knowledge and achievement. In January, the burden of the American presidency fell on the shoulders of one of its youngest ever occupants, John F. Kennedy. It was not a fortuitous start, with the Bay of Pigs coup attempt proving a fiasco and the world seemingly creeping closer to nuclear conflict as East and West glared at each other over the Berlin Wall, that concrete symbol of a divided world. 1961 was certainly a year to remember.