Manhattan Beach News

LOCAL HISTORY: Former mayor Jan Dennis recognized for 60 years of business

by Mark McDermott  A lot happened in 1961. John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th president of the United States, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to fly in space, the civil rights activists known as the Freedom Riders took buses into the South to challenge segregation, and East Germany began construction of the Berlin Wall. Something historic also happened in Manhattan Beach, although its significance wouldn’t be apparent until much later. Jan Dennis moved to town.…