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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 1961.
The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Macmillan (Conservative), Pope John XXIII was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 1961: find out below

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 1961?


Events

  • 01 Apr 1961 Jim Bakker marries Tammy Faye
  • 03 Apr 1961 Happiest Girl in the World opens at Martin Beck NYC for 97 performances
  • 05 Apr 1961 Barbra Streisand appears on Jack Paar Show
  • 08 Apr 1961 British liner Dara explodes in Persian Gulf, kills 236
  • 09 Apr 1961 The Pacific Electric Railway in Los Angeles, once the largest electric railway in the world, ends operations.
  • 10 Apr 1961 Adolf Eichmann tried as a war criminal in Israel
  • 11 Apr 1961 Adolf Eichmann trial begins in Israel
  • 12 Apr 1961 Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes 1st person to orbit Earth (Vostok 1)
  • 13 Apr 1961 Carnival! opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 719 performances
  • 14 Apr 1961 US element 103 (Lawrencium) discovered.
  • 15 Apr 1961 Music Man closes at Majestic Theater in New York City after 1375 performances.
  • 16 Apr 1961 15th Tony Awards: Becket and Bye Bye Birdie win.
  • 17 Apr 1961 33rd Academy Awards - Apartment, Burt Lancaster and Elizabeth Taylor win.
  • 18 Apr 1961 CONCP is founded in Casablanca as a united front of African movements opposing Portuguese colonial rule.
  • 19 Apr 1961 65th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:39.
  • 20 Apr 1961 American Harold Graham makes first rocket belt flight.
  • 21 Apr 1961 French army revolts in Algeria
  • 22 Apr 1961 Uprising of French parachutist of General Salan/Challe in Algeria.
  • 23 Apr 1961 Tenderloin closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 216 performances
  • 24 Apr 1961 JFK accepts sole responsibility following Bay of Pigs
  • 25 Apr 1961 Mercury / Atlas rocket lifted off with an electronic mannequin
  • 26 Apr 1961 Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961
  • 27 Apr 1961 NASA launches Explorer 11 into Earth orbit to study gamma rays.
  • 28 Apr 1961 Lt Col Gueorgui Mossolov takes E-66A to 34,714 m altitude
  • 30 Apr 1961 1st shuttle flights between Washington DC, Boston and NYC begin (Eastern)

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Music charts

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Movies

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Yojimbo

Yojimbo

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

Starring: Toshirô Mifune, Eijirô Tôno, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yôko Tsukasa

Country: United States of America

The Guns of Navarone

The Guns of Navarone

Release year: 1961

Directed by: J. Lee Thompson

Starring: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Quayle

Country: United States of America

Parrish

Parrish

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Delmer Daves

Starring: Claudette Colbert, Troy Donahue, Karl Malden, Dean Jagger

The Beast of Yucca Flats

The Beast of Yucca Flats

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Coleman Francis

Starring: Douglas Mellor, Barbara Francis, Bing Stafford, Larry Aten

Country: United States of America

Books

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Sermons And Soda Water by John O'Hara

Sermons And Soda Water

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by John O'Hara, 3 Volumes in One,Random Hse,book club ed, in DJ

The Fifty-Year Decline And Fall Of Hollywood by Ezra Goodman

The Fifty-Year Decline And Fall Of Hollywood

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"One of the best books about Hollywood..." says The New Yorker. A revealing survey of the people who made movies, from D W Griffith to Wilder and Hitchcock, and the moguls

Advise And Consent by Allen Drury

Advise And Consent

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Advise And Consent

Don'T Tell Alfred by Nancy Mitford

Don'T Tell Alfred

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In this delightful comedy, Fanny—the quietly observant narrator of Nancy Mitford’s two most famous novels—finally takes center stage.Fanny Wincham—last seen as a young woman in The Pursuit of Love and Love

The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone

The Agony and the Ecstasy

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Irving Stone’s classic biographical novel of Michaelangelo—in which both the artist and the man are brought to life in full. A masterpiece in its own right, this novel offers a compelling portrait of Michelangelo’s dangerous, impassioned loves, and the God-driven …