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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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

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


Which were the most popular books released in July 1961?
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Don'T Tell Alfred by Nancy Mitford

Don'T Tell Alfred


In this delightful comedy, Fanny—the quietly observant narrator of Nancy Mitford’s two most famous novels—finally takes center stage.Fanny Wincham—last seen as a young woman in The Pursuit of Love and Love

A Nation Of Sheep by William J. Lederer

A Nation Of Sheep


Nation Of Sheep, A, by Lederer, William J.

The Edge Of Sadness by Edwin O'Connor

The Edge Of Sadness


“A realistic Christian novel of hope in a non-Christian age.”—New England Quarterly“A deeply felt and eloquently expressed work . .

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

The Incredible Journey


Instinct told them that the way home lay to the west. And so the doughty young Labrador retriever, the roguish bull terrier and the indomitable Siamese set out through the Canadian

The Sixth Man by Jess Stearn

The Sixth Man


"A startling investigation of the spread of homosexuality in America"