June 1961 calendar

June 1961

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of June 1961?


  • 01 Jun 1961 FM multiplex stereo broadcasting 1st heard
  • 03 Jun 1961 Wildcat closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 172 performances
  • 04 Jun 1961 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • 08 Jun 1961 English Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, weds Katharine Worsley
  • 09 Jun 1961 Ryne Duren sets AL record with 7 straight strikeouts against Red Sox
  • 11 Jun 1961 Winston Churchill, last airs on ABC-TV
  • 12 Jun 1961 An ailing Bill Veeck sells his interest in White Sox to Arthur Allyn
  • 13 Jun 1961 Billy Barnes People opens at Royale Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 14 Jun 1961 106 degrees F, hottest temperature in San Francisco, California.
  • 15 Jun 1961 Expansion Washingston Senators are 30-30, latest date an expansion team will be at .500, Washington will lose their next 10 games
  • 16 Jun 1961 Dave Garroway is fired as Today Show host
  • 17 Jun 1961 Billy Barnes People closes at Royale Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 18 Jun 1961 CBS radio cancels Gunsmoke
  • 19 Jun 1961 Little Egypt (Ying-Yang) by Coasters peaks at #23
  • 22 Jun 1961 Moise Tshombe is released for lack of evidence of connection to the murder of Patrice Lumumba.
  • 23 Jun 1961 Cubs Ernie Banks ends his 717 consecutive-games-played streak
  • 24 Jun 1961 Happiest Girl in the World closes at Martin Beck NYC after 97 performances
  • 25 Jun 1961 Baltimore Orioles and California Angels use a record 16 pitchers in a game (8 each) in 14 innings.
  • 27 Jun 1961 Kuwait requests British help the United Kingdom sends in troops.
  • 28 Jun 1961 Phils and SF set then record longest night game (5h11m) 7-7 15 inn tie
  • 29 Jun 1961 Launch of Transit 4a, with first nuclear power supply (SNAP-3).
  • 30 Jun 1961 Explorer 12 fails to reach Earth orbit.
  • 01 Jun 1961 The Canadian Bank of Commerce and Imperial Bank of Canada merge to form the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, the largest bank merger in Canadian history.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Travelin' Man
  2. - Running Scared
  3. - Moody River
  4. - Quarter To Three
  5. - Daddy's Home

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Surrender
  2. - Runaway
  3. - Temptation
  4. - Frightened City
  5. - Hello Mary Lou / Travelin' Man


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in June 1961?

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall by Gayelord Hauser

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall


Mirror, Mirror On The Wall: A Call to Beauty by Gayelord Houser

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

The Incredible Journey


Their instincts told them to go west. So the Labrador retriever, the bull terrier, and the Siamese, a young Labrador retriever set off through Canada.

Manila Galleon by F. Van Wyck Mason

Manila Galleon


This is a fantastic tale of the sea, based on George Anson's famous voyage.

Advise And Consent by Allen Drury

Advise And Consent


Advice and Consent

Skyline by Gene Fowler



Hardback book with dust jacket entitled SKYLINE by Gene Fowler.