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

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1961?


Events

  • 01 May 1961 1st US airplane hijacked to Cuba
  • 03 May 1961 Warren Spahn pitches a two hitter after pitching a no hitter.
  • 04 May 1961 1st on-the-road Spacemobile lecture given.
  • 05 May 1961 Alan Shepard becomes first American in space (aboard Freedom 7).
  • 06 May 1961 Omer Vanaudenhove chosen chairman of Belgium Liberal Party.
  • 07 May 1961 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open.
  • 08 May 1961 First practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport, Texas, USA.
  • 09 May 1961 FCC Chairman Newton N Minow criticizes TV as a vast wasteland
  • 10 May 1961 Beyond the Fringe, premieres in London
  • 12 May 1961 Botvinnik wins world chess championship for third time.
  • 14 May 1961 Bus with first group of Freedom Riders bombed and burned in Alabama, USA.
  • 15 May 1961 Bonanza by Al Caiola Orchestra hits #19
  • 16 May 1961 13rd Emmy Awards: Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr and Barbara Stanwyck
  • 17 May 1961 Fidel Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers.
  • 18 May 1961 Donnybrook! opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • 19 May 1961 New pier opens in Scheveningen
  • 20 May 1961 Henzes opera Elegy for Young Lovers, premieres in Schwetzingen
  • 21 May 1961 Governor Patterson declares martial law in Montgomery, Alabama, USA.
  • 22 May 1961 Mother-In-Law by Ernie K-Doe hits #1
  • 24 May 1961 American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for ''disturbing the peace'' after disembarking from their bus.
  • 25 May 1961 JFK sets goal of putting a man on Moon before the end of decade
  • 26 May 1961 US Air Force bomber flies the Atlantic in a record of just over three hours.
  • 27 May 1961 President Kennedy announces US goal to reach Moon
  • 28 May 1961 Amnesty International founded (Nobel Peace Prize 1977)
  • 29 May 1961 The US Department of Agriculture officially begins its Food Stamp program.
  • 30 May 1961 Maris hits his 10th and 11th of 61 HRs
  • 31 May 1961 JFK visits Charles de Gaulle in Paris

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Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Daniel Petrie

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands

Country: United States of America

Clear Skies

Clear Skies

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Grigoriy Chukhray

Starring: Nina Drobysheva, Evgeniy Urbanskiy, Natalya Kuzmina, Vitaliy Konyaev

The Young Savages

The Young Savages

Release year: 1961

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Dina Merrill, Edward Andrews, Vivian Nathan

Country: United States of America

Two Rode Together

Two Rode Together

Release year: 1961

Directed by: John Ford

Starring: James Stewart, Richard Widmark, Shirley Jones, Linda Cristal

Books

Which were the most popular books released in May 1961?
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When F.D.R. Died by Bernard Asbell

When F.D.R. Died

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Account of the events that surrounded the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt on April 12, 1945, delineating the exact circumstances as the news of the event reached those most directly concerned.

Decision At Delphi by Helen MacInnes

Decision At Delphi

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Just another routine overseas assignment. That's what successful young New York architect Ken Strang thought when a national travel magazine sent him to Europe to sketch Greek ruins.What

A Burnt-Out Case by Graham Greene

A Burnt-Out Case

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Querry, a world-famous architect, is the victim of a terrible attack of indifference: he no longer finds meaning in art or pleasure in life.

The White Nile by Alan Moorehead

The White Nile

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Relive all the thrills and adventure of Alan Moorehead's classic bestseller The White Nile -- the daring exploration of the Nile River in the second half of the nineteenth century, which

A Journey To Matecumbe by Robert Lewis Taylor

A Journey To Matecumbe

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WITH ILLUSTRATIONS By JOSEPH PAPIN. The book is about an adventure tale set on the Mississippi River down to the Florida Keys.