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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

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1961?


Events

  • 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 (66,000)
  • 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 (Dark day)
  • 14 Aug 1961 Philadelphia Phillies lose 17th straight game
  • 15 Aug 1961 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

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Music charts

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Movies

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Last Year at Marienbad

Last Year at Marienbad

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Alain Resnais

Starring: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff, Françoise Bertin

Country: United States of America

Victim

Victim

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Basil Dearden

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms, Dennis Price, Anthony Nicholls

Country: United States of America

Accattone

Accattone

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Starring: Franco Citti, Franca Pasut, Silvana Corsini, Paola Guidi

Country: United States of America

The Counterfeiters of Paris

The Counterfeiters of Paris

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Gilles Grangier

Starring: Jean Gabin, Martine Carol, Françoise Rosay, Bernard Blier

Books

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Sketches From Life by Dean Acheson

Sketches From Life

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In these spirited pages we meet certain famous men whom Mr. Acheson has known and-for the most part-cherished.

A Burnt-Out Case by Graham Greene

A Burnt-Out Case

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Querry, a world-famous architect, is the victim of a terrible attack of indifference: he no longer finds meaning in art or pleasure in life.

Inside Europe Today by John Gunther

Inside Europe Today

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views of postwar Europe

Fate Is The Hunter by Ernest K. Gann

Fate Is The Hunter

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Ernest K. Gann’s classic memoir is an up-close and thrilling account of the treacherous early days of commercial aviation. In his inimitable style, Gann brings you right into the cockpit, recounting

The Winter Of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck

The Winter Of Our Discontent

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The final novel of one of America’s most beloved writers—a tale of degeneration, corruption, and spiritual crisis In awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that