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 Cold War: 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
  • 04 Jul 1961 On its maiden voyage, the Soviet nuclear-powered submarine suffers a complete loss of coolant to its reactor. The crew are able to effect repairs, but 22 of them die of radiation poisoning over the following two years.
vinyl songs

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?


Which were the most popular books released in July 1961?

Sketches From Life by Dean Acheson

Sketches From Life


These pages are full of famous men that Mr. Acheson knows and has cherished for the most part.

A Burnt-Out Case by Graham Greene

A Burnt-Out Case


Querry, the world-famous architect is suffering from a horrible attack of indifference. He no longer finds joy in life or meaning in art.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird


To Kill A Mockingbird, the unforgettable story of a Southern childhood and the conscience crisis that rocked it became a bestseller immediately and was critically acclaimed when it was published for the first time in 1960.

Profiles In Courage by John F. Kennedy

Profiles In Courage


John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage was written in 1955 by the junior senator of Massachusetts. It served as a clear call to all Americans.

These Ruins Are Inhabited by Muriel Beadle

These Ruins Are Inhabited


This reproduction is of a book published prior to 1923. The book might have some imperfections, such as missing pages or blurred images, poor photos, and errant marks.