October 1961 calendar

October 1961

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 1961?


  • 01 Oct 1961 KGIN TV channel 11 in Grand Island, NB (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 02 Oct 1961 Ben Casey premieres on NBC-TV
  • 03 Oct 1961 Dick Van Dyke Show premieres on CBS-TV
  • 05 Oct 1961 China and Nepal sign treaty
  • 06 Oct 1961 JFK advises Americans to build fallout shelters
  • 07 Oct 1961 Bye Bye Birdie closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 607 performances
  • 08 Oct 1961 US Constellation crashes at Richmond Virginia, 74 die
  • 09 Oct 1961 US members of communist party obliged to report themselves to Police
  • 10 Oct 1961 Milk & Honey opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 543 performances
  • 11 Oct 1961 US Air Force Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 66,100m.
  • 12 Oct 1961 The death penalty is abolished in New Zealand.
  • 14 Oct 1961 How to Succeed in Business opens at 46th St. NYC for 1415 performances
  • 17 Oct 1961 22nd Congress of CPSU opens in Moscow
  • 18 Oct 1961 Emergency crisis proclaimed in South Vietnam due to commun attack
  • 19 Oct 1961 The Arab League takes over protecting Kuwait the last British troops leave.
  • 21 Oct 1961 Barbra Striesand opens in Another Evening with Harry Stones
  • 22 Oct 1961 75,000 Flemings demand equal rights and Flemish language in Belgium
  • 23 Oct 1961 Kwamina opens at 54th St. Theater NYC for 32 performances
  • 24 Oct 1961 Evening with Yves Montand opens at John Golden NYC for 55 performances
  • 25 Oct 1961 The first edition of ''Private Eye'', the British satirical magazine, is published.
  • 26 Oct 1961 1st Saturn launch vehicle made a flight test
  • 27 Oct 1961 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya and Sary Shagan USSR
  • 28 Oct 1961 Fiorello! closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 796 performances
  • 29 Oct 1961 Syria exits from the United Arab Republic.
  • 30 Oct 1961 Soviet Union tests a 58 megaton hydrogen bomb
  • 31 Oct 1961 Federal judge rules that Birmingham, Alabama, laws against integrated playing fields are illegal
  • 01 Oct 1961 The United States Defense Intelligence Agency is formed, becoming the country's first centralized military intelligence organization.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Take Good Care Of My Baby
  2. - Hit The Road Jack
  3. - Runaround Sue
  4. - The Mountain's High
  5. - Crying

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Walking Back To Happiness
  2. - Michael
  3. - Kon-Tiki
  4. - Jealousy
  5. - You'll Answer To Me


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 1961?

Clock Without Hands by Carson McCullers

Clock Without Hands


Clock Without Hands is McCullers's most powerful statement about race, class and justice. It was set in Georgia just before court-ordered integration.

A Journey To Matecumbe by Robert Lewis Taylor

A Journey To Matecumbe


WITH ILLUSTRATIONS by JOSEPH PAPIN This book tells the story of an adventure that takes place from the Mississippi River to the Florida Keys.

The Winter Of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck

The Winter Of Our Discontent


The last novel of one America's most loved writers--a story of degeneration and corruption as well as a spiritual crisis. In awarding John Steinbeck 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, it was stated by the Nobel committee that

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 Small Room by May Sarton

The Small Room


A young woman discovers a new life in the hallowed halls at one of New England's most prestigious colleges while a scandal lurks on the periphery