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

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1961?


Events

  • 01 Dec 1961 The independent Republic of West Papua is proclaimed in modern-day Western New Guinea.
  • 02 Dec 1961 Wind Bell, journal of SF Zen Center, begins publishing
  • 03 Dec 1961 Beatles meet future manager Brian Epstein
  • 04 Dec 1961 WXGA TV channel 8 in Waycross, Georgia (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 05 Dec 1961 U.S. President John F. Kennedy gives support to the Volta Dam project in Ghana.
  • 06 Dec 1961 27th Heisman Trophy Award: Ernie Davis, Syracuse (HB).
  • 08 Dec 1961 Antwerp Belgium diocese forms
  • 09 Dec 1961 From the Second City closes at Royale Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • 10 Dec 1961 Dr Ruth marries Fred Westheimer
  • 11 Dec 1961 Please, Mr. Postman by Marvelettes, released
  • 12 Dec 1961 Ham radio satellite Oscar 1 launched with military Discoverer 36.
  • 13 Dec 1961 Beatles sign a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein
  • 14 Dec 1961 The United Republic of Tanzania joins the United Nations.
  • 15 Dec 1961 Adolf Eichmann convicted of crimes against humanity in Israel
  • 16 Dec 1961 Evening with Yves Montand opens at John Golden NYC after 55 performances
  • 17 Dec 1961 India seizes Goa and 2 other Portuguese colonies
  • 18 Dec 1961 KAIL TV channel 53 in Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 19 Dec 1961 Indonesian President Sukarno proclaims general mobilization.
  • 20 Dec 1961 Moss Heart, US dramatist (You can't take it with you), dies at age 57.
  • 21 Dec 1961 Beatles record Sweet Georgia Brown andReady Teddy
  • 22 Dec 1961 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 23 Dec 1961 KICU TV channel 43 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 24 Dec 1961 Houston Oilers beat San Diego Chargers 10-3 in AFL championship game.
  • 27 Dec 1961 Subways Are for Sleeping opens at St. James Theater NYC for 205 performances
  • 30 Dec 1961 Congolese troops capture Albert Kalonji of South Kasai (who soon escapes).
  • 31 Dec 1961 lrma La Douce closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 527 performances

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Music charts

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Movies

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Directed by: Sergio Leone

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Country: United States of America

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Country: United States of America

It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life

Directed by: Frank Capra

Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Country: United States of America

Gentlemen of Fortune

Gentlemen of Fortune

Directed by: Aleksandr Seryj

Starring: Evgeniy Leonov, Georgiy Vitsin, Radner Muratov, Saveliy Kramarov

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in December 1961?
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A Prologue To Love by Taylor Caldwell

A Prologue To Love

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"There can be help. There's always God," said Amy. "I'm ashamed. I'd forgotten about Him." She was quiet for a time.

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Franny and Zooey

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The author writes: FRANNY came out in The New Yorker in 1955, and was swiftly followed, in 1957 by ZOOEY. Both stories are early, critical entries in a narrative series I'm doing about a family of settlers in twentieth-century New …

Inside Europe Today by John Gunther

Inside Europe Today

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views of postwar Europe

The Age Of Reason Begins by Will and Ariel Durant

The Age Of Reason Begins

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Examines the religious strife and scientific progress made from 1558 to 1650 in Europe

The Judas Tree by A.J. Cronin

The Judas Tree

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In a story of wide and fascinating detail A. J. Cronin tells of Dr. David Morey who tries to atone for his desertion of the woman he loved.Beguiled