September 1961 calendar

September 1961

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of September 1961?


  • 01 Sep 1961 1st conference of neutral countries held in Belgrade
  • 04 Sep 1961 Carol Burnette-Richard Hayes Show premieres on CBS radio
  • 05 Sep 1961 JFK begins underground nuclear testing
  • 06 Sep 1961 USSR performs nuclear test at Kapustin Yar USSR
  • 07 Sep 1961 Tom and Jerry make a return with their first episode since 1957, Switchin' Kitten. The new creator, Gene Deitch makes 12 more Tom and Jerry episodes until 1962.
  • 09 Sep 1961 Maria Beale Fletcher (NC), 19, crowned 34th Miss America 1962
  • 10 Sep 1961 75th US Womens Tennis: Darlene R Hard beats Ann Haydon Jones
  • 11 Sep 1961 Hurricane Carla strikes the Texas coast as a Category 4 hurricane, the second strongest storm ever to hit the state.
  • 12 Sep 1961 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 34,840 m
  • 13 Sep 1961 Car 54 Where are You? premieres on TV
  • 14 Sep 1961 Dmitri Shostakovitch becomes member of CP of the USSR
  • 15 Sep 1961 61st US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus
  • 16 Sep 1961 CDU loses West German election
  • 17 Sep 1961 The world's first retractable roof stadium, the Civic Arena, opens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • 18 Sep 1961 U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold dies in a plane crash while attempting to negotiate peace in the war-torn Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • 19 Sep 1961 Betty and Barney Hill claim that they saw a mysterious craft in the sky and that it tried to abduct them.
  • 20 Sep 1961 After 84 1 / 3 innings Bill Fischer gives up a base on balls
  • 21 Sep 1961 Antonio Abertondo swims English Channel round trip
  • 22 Sep 1961 Antonio Albertondo (Argentina) at age 42, completes the first round trip crossing swim of the English Channel in 43 hours, 10 minutes.
  • 23 Sep 1961 1st movie to become a TV series-How to Marry a Millionaire
  • 24 Sep 1961 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sacramento Valley Golf Open
  • 25 Sep 1961 KTPS TV channel 62 in Tacoma, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 26 Sep 1961 From the Second City opens at Royale Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • 27 Sep 1961 Sandy Koufax sets NL strikeout season record at 269
  • 28 Sep 1961 Doctor Kildare, debuts on NBC-TV
  • 29 Sep 1961 Detectives, TV Crime Drama
  • 30 Sep 1961 Bill for Boston Tea Party is paid by Mayor Snyder of Oregon who wrote a check for $196, the total cost of all tea lost
  • 01 Sep 1961 TWA Flight 529 crashed shortly after takeoff from Midway Airport in Chicago, killing all 78 people on board. At the time, it was the deadliest single plane disaster in U.S. history.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Wooden Heart
  2. - Michael
  3. - Take Good Care Of My Baby
  4. - Tossin' And Turnin'
  5. - The Mountain's High

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Johnny Remember Me
  2. - Walking Back To Happiness
  3. - Reach For The Stars / Climb Ev'ry Mountain
  4. - Michael
  5. - You Don't Know


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in September 1961?

A Shooting Star by Wallace Stegner

A Shooting Star



Inside Europe Today by John Gunther

Inside Europe Today


Views of postwar Europe

The Age Of Reason Begins by Will and Ariel Durant

The Age Of Reason Begins


This article examines the religious strife in Europe and the scientific progress made between 1558 and 1650.

The Last Of The Just by Andre Schwarz-Bart

The Last Of The Just


Andre Schwarz-Bart's The Last of the Just was published in 16 languages and won the prestigious Prix Goncourt. It is widely considered the greatest Holocaust novel.

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

The Incredible Journey


Their instincts told them to go west. So the Labrador retriever, the bull terrier, and the Siamese, a young Labrador retriever set off through Canada.