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.
  • 14 Mar 1961 A USAF B-52 bomber crashes near Yuba City, California whilst carrying nuclear weapons.
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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?


Which were the most popular books released in March 1961?

Ring Of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell

Ring Of Bright Water


The story of Gavin Maxwell and his life with otters off the west coast of Scotland was hailed as a masterpiece in 1960. It remains one of the most beloved books.

The White Nile by Alan Moorehead

The White Nile


Enjoy all the excitement and adventure from Alan Moorehead's classic bestseller The White Nile - the daring explorations of the Nile River during the second half the nineteenth century.

The Fifty-Year Decline And Fall Of Hollywood by Ezra Goodman

The Fifty-Year Decline And Fall Of Hollywood


The New Yorker calls it "One of the most important books about Hollywood ..."." This is a fascinating look at the people behind movies from D W Griffith to Wilder, Hitchcock and Hitchcock.

Advise And Consent by Allen Drury

Advise And Consent


Advice and Consent

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.