July 1961 calendar

July 1961

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of July 1961?


  • 01 Jul 1961 KNDU TV channel 25 in Richland-Pasco-Kennew, WA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 02 Jul 1961 Maris hits 29th and 30th en route to 61 homers
  • 04 Jul 1961 Walt Disney is one of the two main speakers on the Independence Day in The Rebuild Hills at Sk?rping in Denmark.
  • 05 Jul 1961 80 die in collisions in Algiers
  • 06 Jul 1961 Portuguese ship explode near Mozambique, kills 300
  • 07 Jul 1961 75th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Rod Laver beats Chuck McKinley (63 61 64)
  • 08 Jul 1961 Fred Trueman takes 5-0 in 24 balls to rip through Aussies
  • 11 Jul 1961 30th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 in 10 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco
  • 12 Jul 1961 Pune floods due to failure of the Khadakwasla and Panshet dams. Half of Pune is submerged, more than 100,000 families need to be relocated and the death tally exceeds 2,000.
  • 13 Jul 1961 Arnold Schoenberg, Austrian-US composer (Second Quartet), dies at age 86.
  • 14 Jul 1961 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Mater et magistrate
  • 15 Jul 1961 Donnybrook! closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • 16 Jul 1961 Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Tippecanoe Golf Open
  • 17 Jul 1961 Ford Frick rules that if anyone breaks Babe Ruth 60 HR record, it must be done in 1st 154 games
  • 19 Jul 1961 First in-flight movie shown (TWA).
  • 20 Jul 1961 French military forces break the Tunisian siege of Bizerte.
  • 21 Jul 1961 Launch of Mercury 4 (Liberty Bell) with Grissom.
  • 22 Jul 1961 WBNB TV channel 10 in Charlotte Amaile, VI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 23 Jul 1961 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Golf Open
  • 24 Jul 1961 Edwin Newman becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • 25 Jul 1961 In a speech John F. Kennedy emphasizes that any attack on Berlin is an attack on NATO.
  • 29 Jul 1961 Bob Dylan injured in car accident
  • 30 Jul 1961 43rd PGA Championship: Jerry Barber shoots a 277 at Olympia Fields, Illinois
  • 31 Jul 1961 31st All Star Baseball Game: 1-1 tie ends by rain at Fenway, Boston

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Music charts

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

  1. - Quarter To Three
  2. - Tossin' And Turnin'
  3. - Raindrops
  4. - The Boll Weevil Song
  5. - Moody River

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Runaway
  2. - Temptation
  3. - Hello Mary Lou / Travelin' Man
  4. - Well I Ask You
  5. - Halfway To Paradise


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Chaudhvin Ka Chand

Chaudhvin Ka Chand

Release year: 1961

Directed by: M. Sadiq

Starring: Waheeda Rehman, Guru Dutt, Rehman, Minoo Mumtaz

Tammy Tell Me True

Tammy Tell Me True

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Harry Keller

Starring: Sandra Dee, John Gavin, Charles Drake, Virginia Grey

Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Starring: Bradford Dillman, Dolores Hart, Stuart Whitman, Cecil Kellaway

The Honeymoon Machine

The Honeymoon Machine

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Richard Thorpe

Starring: Steve McQueen, Brigid Bazlen, Jim Hutton, Paula Prentiss

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Irwin Allen

Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre

Country: United States of America


Which were the most popular books released in July 1961?
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The Edge Of Sadness by Edwin O'Connor

The Edge Of Sadness


"A realistic Christian novel that offers hope in a nonChristian age New England Quarterly" A deeply felt and beautifully expressed work. .

Gifts Of Passage by Santha Rama Rau

Gifts Of Passage


Memoir of her travels and life by Santha Rama Rau (author of East of Home and Home to India).

Inside Europe Today by John Gunther

Inside Europe Today


Views of postwar Europe

Don'T Tell Alfred by Nancy Mitford

Don'T Tell Alfred


Fanny, the quiet observant narrator of Nancy Mitford’s two most famous novels, takes center stage in this hilarious comedy. Fanny Wincham was last seen as a young girl in The Pursuit of Love and Love.

The Last Of The Just by Andre Schwarz-Bart

The Last Of The Just


Andre Schwarz-Bart's The Last of the Just was published in 16 languages and won the prestigious Prix Goncourt. It is widely considered the greatest Holocaust novel.