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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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Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane

Directed by: Orson Welles

Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Country: United States of America

Yojimbo

Yojimbo

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

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

Country: United States of America

Amélie

Amélie

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Country: United States of America

Brown of Harvard

Brown of Harvard

Directed by: Jack Conway

Starring: William Haines, Jack Pickford, Mary Brian, Francis X. Bushman Jr.

Country: United States of America

The Sacrifice

The Sacrifice

Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky

Starring: Erland Josephson, Susan Fleetwood, Allan Edwall, Guðrún Gísladóttir

Books

Which were the most popular books released in April 1961?
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Something Light by Margery Sharp

Something Light

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The story of Louisa Mary Datchett, who was "very fond of men"-indiscriminately fond of men in fact. Men, for their part, seemed to recognize this in her and took advantage of

A Sense Of Values by Sloan Wilson

A Sense Of Values

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A SENSE OF VALUES

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall by Gayelord Hauser

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

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Mirror, Mirror On The Wall: Invitation to Beauty by Gayelord Hauser

The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich by William L. Shirer

The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich

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Hailed as “one of the most important works of history of our time” (The New York Times), this definitive chronicle of Hitler’s rise to power is back in hardcover with a

Profiles In Courage by John F. Kennedy

Profiles In Courage

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Written in 1955 by the then junior senator from the state of Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage served as a clarion call to every American.