November 1961 calendar

November 1961

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of November 1961?


  • 01 Nov 1961 50,000 women in 60 cities participate in the inaugural Women Strike for Peace (WSP) against nuclear proliferation.
  • 02 Nov 1961 Kean opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • 03 Nov 1961 General Assembly unanimously elects U Thant acting secretary general
  • 04 Nov 1961 Karamanlis becomes Premier of Greece
  • 06 Nov 1961 The U.S. government issues a stamp honoring the 100th birthday of James Naismith.
  • 08 Nov 1961 Whitey Ford is voted Cy Young Award winner over Warren Spahn
  • 09 Nov 1961 USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 30,970m
  • 10 Nov 1961 ''Catch-22'' is first published by Joseph Heller.
  • 11 Nov 1961 Adulterous couple up mestkar through Staphorst riding
  • 13 Nov 1961 WCBB TV channel 10 in Augusta, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 15 Nov 1961 Comet C / 1961 T1 (Seki) approaches within 0.1019 AUs of Earth
  • 16 Nov 1961 Great Britain limits immigration from Commonwealth countries
  • 17 Nov 1961 Michael Rockefeller, son of New York Governor and later Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, disappears in the jungles of New Guinea.
  • 18 Nov 1961 Gay Life opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 113 performances
  • 20 Nov 1961 WPLG TV channel 10 in Miami, Florida (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 22 Nov 1961 Frank Robinson is 1st to win MVPs in both major leagues
  • 24 Nov 1961 World Food Program (WFP) formed as a temporary UN program.
  • 26 Nov 1961 Pro Baseball Rules Committee votes 8-1 against legalizing the spitball
  • 27 Nov 1961 KHAW TV channel 11 in Hilo, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 28 Nov 1961 Ernest Davis is 1st black to win Heisman Trophy
  • 29 Nov 1961 John A McCone replaces Allen W Dulles as 6th Director of CIA
  • 30 Nov 1961 Billy Williams of the Cubs is voted NL Rookie of Year
  • 03 Nov 1961 U Thant is unanimously appointed as the 3rd Secretary-General of the United Nations, becoming the first non-European individual to occupy the post.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Runaround Sue
  2. - Big Bad John
  3. - Bristol Stomp
  4. - Fool #1
  5. - Please Mr. Postman

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - His Latest Flame / Little Sisters
  2. - Tower Of Strength
  3. - Walking Back To Happiness
  4. - Moon River
  5. - When The Girl In Your Arms Is The Girl In Your Heart


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in November 1961?

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. .

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Franny and Zooey


The author wrote: FRANNY appeared in The New Yorker, 1955. ZOOEY followed in 1957. These stories are critical early entries in a narrative series that I am creating about a family who settled in New York in the 20th century, …

Promise At Dawn by Romain Gary

Promise At Dawn


Gary, Promise at Dawn. This is a romantic, thrilling and timeless French memoir.

A Nation Of Sheep by William J. Lederer

A Nation Of Sheep


Nation Of Sheep A, William J. Lederer

The White Rajah by Nicholas Monsarrat

The White Rajah


The white rajah.