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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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Directed by: Fritz Lang

Starring: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke

Country: United States of America

Watch Out for the Automobile

Watch Out for the Automobile

Directed by: Eldar Ryazanov

Starring: Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Oleg Efremov, Lyubov Dobrzhanskaya, Anatoliy Papanov

Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Starring: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Country: United States of America

A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

Directed by: Daniel Petrie

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

Country: United States of America

The Searchers

The Searchers

Directed by: John Ford

Starring: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in May 1961?
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The Frog Pond by Joyce MacIver

The Frog Pond

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The Frog Pond

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.

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

Dr. Tom Dooley'S Three Great Books

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Dr. Tom Dooley's Three Great Books, 1960. Compilation - 3 novels in one book: Deliver Us From Evil, The Edge of Tomorrow, & The Night They Burned the Mountain.

Reality In Advertising by Rosser Reeves

Reality In Advertising

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Rarely has a book about advertising created such a commotion as this brilliant account of the principles of successful advertising. Published in 1961, Reality in Advertising was listed for weeks on

Pomp And Circumstance by Noel Coward

Pomp And Circumstance

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Author's first novel, a comedy filled with preposterous dialogue and ridiculous situations. A wonderfully witty story about manners and mores on a tropical island.