March 1961 calendar

March 1961

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of March 1961?


  • 01 Mar 1961 US President John Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps.
  • 02 Mar 1961 13 Daughters opens at 54th St. Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • 03 Mar 1961 Max Conrad circumnavigates the earth in 8 days, 18 hours and 49 minutes, setting a new world record.
  • 06 Mar 1961 1st London minicabs introduced
  • 08 Mar 1961 US nuclear submarine Patrick Henry arrives at Scottish naval base of Holy Loch from South Carolina in a record underseas journey of 66 days 22 hours.
  • 09 Mar 1961 1st animal returned from space, dog named Blackie aboard Sputnik 9
  • 12 Mar 1961 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Miami Golf Open.
  • 13 Mar 1961 JFK sets up the Alliance for Progress
  • 14 Mar 1961 George Weiss becomes president of New York Mets.
  • 15 Mar 1961 South Africa withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • 17 Mar 1961 South Africa leaves British Commonwealth
  • 21 Mar 1961 Art Modell purchases Cleveland Browns for then record
  • 24 Mar 1961 New York Senate approves US$55 million for a baseball stadium at Flushing Meadows.
  • 25 Mar 1961 13 Daughters closes at 54th St. Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • 26 Mar 1961 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Golden Circle of Golf Festival.
  • 27 Mar 1961 Failed assassination attempt on King Saif al-Islam Achmad of Yemen.
  • 29 Mar 1961 KCPT TV channel 19 in Kansas City, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 30 Mar 1961 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 169,600 feet (51,690 metres).
  • 31 Mar 1961 Aklilou Habtewold becomes first premier of Ethiopia.

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Music charts

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

  1. - Pony Time
  2. - Surrender
  3. - Calcutta
  4. - Wheels
  5. - Don't Worry

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Walk Right Back / Ebony Eyes
  2. - Wooden Heart
  3. - Are You Sure
  4. - Lazy River
  5. - Theme For A Dream


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Underworld U.S.A.

Underworld U.S.A.

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Samuel Fuller

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Dolores Dorn, Beatrice Kay, Paul Dubov

Scream of Fear

Scream of Fear

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Seth Holt

Starring: Susan Strasberg, Ann Todd, Ronald Lewis, Christopher Lee

Town Without Pity

Town Without Pity

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Gottfried Reinhardt

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Barbara Rütting, Christine Kaufmann, E.G. Marshall

One-Eyed Jacks

One-Eyed Jacks

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Marlon Brando

Starring: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Pina Pellicer, Katy Jurado

Country: United States of America

The Assassin

The Assassin

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Elio Petri

Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Micheline Presle, Cristina Gaioni, Salvo Randone


Which were the most popular books released in March 1961?
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Resistance, Rebellion, And Death by Albert Camus

Resistance, Rebellion, And Death


Albert Camus stated that writers cannot serve today's historians in the speech he delivered upon receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature 1957.

Decision At Delphi by Helen MacInnes

Decision At Delphi


It was just another routine overseas assignment. This is what Ken Strang, a young architect from New York, thought when he was sent to Europe by a national travel magazine to draw the ruins of Greece.

The Dean'S Watch by Elizabeth Goudge

The Dean'S Watch


A compelling saga of an unlikely friendship threaded together by redemption and graceThe setting is a remote mid-nineteenth-century town in England and its grand cathedral. Adam Ayscough is the cathedral Dean. He has a deep love and respect for his …

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.

Dr. Tom Dooley'S Three Great Books by Dr. Tom Dooley

Dr. Tom Dooley'S Three Great Books


Three Great Books by Dr. Tom Dooley, 1960. Compilation - Three novels in one: Deliver Us from Evil, The Edge of Tomorrow, and The Night They Burned the Mountain.