April 1961 calendar

April 1961

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 1961?


  • 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
  • 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
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in April 1961?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Surrenderyoutube
  2. - Blue Moonyoutube
  3. - Runawayyoutube
  4. - Pony Time
  5. - Apache

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Wooden Heartyoutube
  2. - Blue Moonyoutube
  3. - Are You Sureyoutube
  4. - You're Driving Me Crazyyoutube
  5. - Lazy Riveryoutube


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in April 1961?

Profiles In Courage by John F. Kennedy

Profiles In Courage


John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage was written in 1955 by the junior senator of Massachusetts. It served as a clear call to all Americans.

The White Nile by Alan Moorehead

The White Nile


Enjoy all the excitement and adventure from Alan Moorehead's classic bestseller The White Nile - the daring explorations of the Nile River during the second half the nineteenth century.

A Burnt-Out Case by Graham Greene

A Burnt-Out Case


Querry, the world-famous architect is suffering from a horrible attack of indifference. He no longer finds joy in life or meaning in art.

Don'T Tell Alfred by Nancy Mitford

Don'T Tell Alfred


Fanny, the quiet observant narrator of Nancy Mitford’s two most famous novels, takes center stage in this hilarious comedy. Fanny Wincham was last seen as a young girl in The Pursuit of Love and Love.

Born Free by Joy Adamson

Born Free


Many stories have been written about the release of wild tame animals into the wild, but this article was first published in 1960 by the New York Times, who called it a "fascinating" story.