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

Famous Birthday

  • French pop singer, he began his career as an actor (TV series and popular films).

  • Meg Ryan

    America's beloved perky and cute screen actress.

  • Egyptian-born French TV and radio personality of Egyptian and Italian descent.

  • Romanian gymnast and winner of five Olympic gold medals in Montreal in 1976.

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Famous Deaths

vinyl songs

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?
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The Innocents

The Innocents

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Jack Clayton

Starring: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave

Country: United States of America

Summer and Smoke

Summer and Smoke

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Peter Glenville

Starring: Laurence Harvey, Geraldine Page, Rita Moreno, Una Merkel

The Day the Earth Caught Fire

The Day the Earth Caught Fire

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Val Guest

Starring: Edward Judd, Janet Munro, Leo McKern, Michael Goodliffe

Flower Drum Song

Flower Drum Song

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Henry Koster

Starring: Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Benson Fong, Jack Soo

Country: United States of America

Too Late Blues

Too Late Blues

Release year: 1961

Directed by: John Cassavetes

Starring: Bobby Darin, Stella Stevens, Everett Chambers, Nick Dennis


Which were the most popular books released in November 1961?
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A Prologue To Love by Taylor Caldwell

A Prologue To Love


There is always help. Amy said that God is always there. "I'm ashamed. He was the only one I had forgotten about. She was silent for a while.

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 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. .

The Making Of The President 1960 by Theodore H. White

The Making Of The President 1960


The most famous political story ever told is the epic clash between John F. Kennedy & Richard M. Nixon. This was captured in Theodore White's groundbreaking chronicle The Making of the President 1960.

Inside Europe Today by John Gunther

Inside Europe Today


Views of postwar Europe