February 1961 calendar

February 1961

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of February 1961?


  • 01 Feb 1961 First full-scale test of US Minuteman ICBM is successful.
  • 02 Feb 1961 Prince Bernhard opens new RAI building in Amsterdam
  • 03 Feb 1961 6th largest snowfall in NYC history (17.4 (44.2cm))
  • 04 Feb 1961 Sputnik 7 launches into Earth orbit; probable Venus probe failure
  • 05 Feb 1961 February 9 ampndash In Congo, President Joseph Kasavubu names Joseph Ileo as the new Prime Minister.
  • 06 Feb 1961 Jail, No Bail Jail-in movement starts in Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • 07 Feb 1961 Jane Fonda made her acting debut in the NBC drama A String of Beads
  • 09 Feb 1961 Joseph Ileo appointed premier of Congo.
  • 10 Feb 1961 Niagara Falls hydroelectric project begins producing power.
  • 11 Feb 1961 Robert Weaver sworn in with then highest federal post by a black
  • 12 Feb 1961 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Saint Petersburg Golf Open.
  • 13 Feb 1961 Frank Sinatra launches Reprise label under Warner Bros Records
  • 14 Feb 1961 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Royal Poinciana Golf Invitational.
  • 15 Feb 1961 Entire US figure skating team of 18 dies in Belgian Sabena 707 crash.
  • 16 Feb 1961 US satellite Explorer 9 is launched.
  • 18 Feb 1961 Henk van der Grift becomes world champion skater
  • 19 Feb 1961 Henk van der Grift (Netherlands) becomes world champion all-around skater.
  • 21 Feb 1961 Mercury-Atlas 2 reentry test reaches 172 km.
  • 24 Feb 1961 Explorer (10) fails to reach Earth orbit
  • 25 Feb 1961 Paul Bikle in glider climbs from 1208 metre at release to record 14,100.
  • 26 Feb 1961 Hassan II becomes King of Morocco.
  • 27 Feb 1961 The first congress of the Spanish Trade Union Organisation is inaugurated.
  • 28 Feb 1961 JFK names Henry Kissinger special advisor
  • 04 Feb 1961 The Angolan War of Independence and the greater Portuguese Colonial War begin.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
  2. - Calcutta
  3. - Pony Time
  4. - Shop Around
  5. - Exodus

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Are You Lonesome Tonight?
  2. - Walk Right Back / Ebony Eyes
  3. - Sailor
  4. - Are You Sure
  5. - You're Sixteen


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in February 1961?

Folk Medicine by Deforest Clinton Jarvis

Folk Medicine


Folk Medicine is an indispensable book for anyone suffering from this debilitating disease. The best-selling author of Folk Medicine concentrates his remarkable talents on providing effective and natural remedies.

The Queen'S Necklace by Frances Mossiker

The Queen'S Necklace


PP xvi+ 619 with 26 black and white photos. "The most authoritative and definitive work on the scandal surrounding the famous diamond necklace sold"

The Waste Makers by Vance Packard

The Waste Makers


The Waste Makers is Vance Packard’s 1960 pioneering work about how rapid growth can lead to "the systematic attempt by business to make us wasteful and debt-ridden, permanently unhappy individuals."

The Politics Of Upheaval by Arthur Schlesinger

The Politics Of Upheaval


The Politics of Upheaval 1935-1936 is volume 3 of Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.'s Age of Roosevelt series. It focuses on the turbulent final years of Franklin D.

The Dean'S Watch by Elizabeth Goudge

The Dean'S Watch


A compelling saga of an unlikely friendship threaded together by redemption and graceThe setting is a remote mid-nineteenth-century town in England and its grand cathedral. Adam Ayscough is the cathedral Dean. He has a deep love and respect for his …