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.

Famous Birthday

  • Canadian-born actor.

  • Boy George

    British musician, the lead singer with the rock group "Culture Club.

  • Ricky Gervais

    English comedian, actor and writer.

  • French singer, he founded the band "La Mano Negra".

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Famous Deaths

vinyl songs

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?
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The Younger Generation

The Younger Generation

Release year: 1961

A Woman Is a Woman

A Woman Is a Woman

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard

Starring: Anna Karina, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Henri Attal

Country: United States of America

Striped Trip

Striped Trip

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Vladimir Fetin

Starring: Aleksey Gribov, Ivan Dmitriev, Margarita Nazarova, Evgeniy Leonov



Release year: 1961

Directed by: Joshua Logan

Starring: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Charles Boyer, Horst Buchholz

The Last Sunset

The Last Sunset

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

Starring: Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Dorothy Malone, Joseph Cotten

Country: United States of America


Which were the most popular books released in June 1961?
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Skyline by Gene Fowler



Hardback book with dust jacket entitled SKYLINE by Gene Fowler.

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. .

Life With Women And How To Survive It by Joseph H. Peck

Life With Women And How To Survive It


How to live with women and how you can survive it

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.

Music Of The Spheres by Guy Murchie

Music Of The Spheres


This popular-level account of the material universe begins with the solar system, and continues all the way to where the line is between matter and nonmatter. It explains with astonishing clarity a large portion of the material universe.