August 1961 calendar

August 1961

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 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 August 1961: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1961?


  • 01 Aug 1961 Benaud rips through England team for Aussie win at Old Trafford
  • 02 Aug 1961 Cyrille Adula becomes Premier of Congo
  • 04 Aug 1961 28th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 28, All-Stars 14
  • 05 Aug 1961 Chicago Bears (NFL) beat Montreal Alouettes (Canadian Football League) 34-16 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • 06 Aug 1961 1st case of motion sickness in space reported
  • 07 Aug 1961 Cosmonaut Gherman Titov circles Earth for a full day in Vostok 2
  • 08 Aug 1961 Ham Tigercats (CFL) beat the Buffalo Bills (NFL) 38-21 in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 09 Aug 1961 James B Parsons is 1st black appointed to Federal District Court
  • 10 Aug 1961 England applies for membership in the European Common Market.
  • 11 Aug 1961 Warren Spahn records victory number 300, beats Chicago Cubs 2-1.
  • 13 Aug 1961 Construction on Berlin Wall begins in East Germany
  • 14 Aug 1961 Philadelphia Phillies lose 17th straight game
  • 15 Aug 1961 Border guard Conrad Schumann flees from East Germany while on duty guarding the construction of the Berlin Wall.
  • 16 Aug 1961 250,000 West Berliners demonstrate against East Berlin
  • 17 Aug 1961 Kennedy administration establishes Alliance for Progress
  • 18 Aug 1961 Construction on Berlin Wall completed.
  • 19 Aug 1961 US Vice President Lyndon B Johnson visits West Berlin
  • 20 Aug 1961 Phillies set then dubious record of 23 straight loses, beat Braves
  • 21 Aug 1961 Jomo Kenyatta freed in Kenya
  • 22 Aug 1961 Maris hits his 50th of 61 homers
  • 23 Aug 1961 Belgium sends troops to Rwanda-Urundi
  • 25 Aug 1961 Brazilian President Janio Quadros, resigns
  • 26 Aug 1961 Official International Hockey Hall of Fame opens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 28 Aug 1961 Motown releases what would be its first #1 hit, ''Please Mr. Postman'' by The Marvelettes.
  • 30 Aug 1961 1st Negro judge of a US District Court confirmed-JB Parsons
  • 31 Aug 1961 Amsterdam National Ballet forms
  • 01 Aug 1961 U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara orders the creation of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the nation's first centralized military espionage organization.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Tossin' And Turnin'
  2. - Wooden Heart
  3. - I Like It Like That, Part 1
  4. - The Boll Weevil Song
  5. - Last Night

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - You Don't Knowyoutube
  2. - Johnny Remember Meyoutube
  3. - Well I Ask Youyoutube
  4. - Reach For The Stars / Climb Ev'ry Mountainyoutube
  5. - Romeoyoutube


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1961?

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.

Ring Of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell

Ring Of Bright Water


The story of Gavin Maxwell and his life with otters off the west coast of Scotland was hailed as a masterpiece in 1960. It remains one of the most beloved books.

The Winter Of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck

The Winter Of Our Discontent


The last novel of one America's most loved writers--a story of degeneration and corruption as well as a spiritual crisis. In awarding John Steinbeck 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, it was stated by the Nobel committee that

The Spanish Civil War by Hugh Thomas

The Spanish Civil War


Hugh Thomas's The Spanish Civil War is a masterpiece of historian's art. It remains one of the most fascinating and compelling narratives about one of the most iconic and misunderstood conflicts of the 20th century.

Hawaii by James A. Michener



James A. Michener, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, brings Hawaii's epic story vividly to life through a classic saga that has captured the attention of readers since its inception in 1959.