1961

History is the collective memory of people with one common goal of moving ahead and charter the way into the future. The 60s was an era that saw a rise in freedom marches and movements by civil rights groups around the world.

1961

Following a successful presidential campaign on a Democratic Party ticket, JFK became the youngest candidate to become president. The world followed the inauguration events at the just renovated East front of the US Capitol as JFK took the oath of office administered by Chief Justice Earl Warren. JFK famed for the saying, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country" was inaugurated on the chilly morning of January 20, 1961 . During JFK’s reign, racial segregation had reached unimaginable heights in the USA especially the south regions. A 13-member group of African-American and white human rights activists started what was called Freedom Rides. The freedom riders embarked on a journey on May 4 from Washington D.C. with an aim to integrate the facilities at bus stations, like blacks using the whites’ only facilities and vice versa.

The Freedom Riders faced fierce hostility from white protestors, but the rides attracted international attention to the situation in America. The Interstate Commerce Commission put forth to the public regulations against racial segregation at all bus and train terminals in September of 1961.

As the racial segregation raged on in the USA, 1961 was to be a defining year in the Kenyan struggle for independence from the British colonialists. During the state of emergency of 1952, Kenyatta was on trial for heading the outlawed Mau Mau and found guilty even after pleading innocent to the charges. The judge sentenced Kenyatta and five other KAU leaders to seven years in prison at a place called Kapenguria famously remembered as the ‘Kapenguria Six’ in Kenya. Kenyatta served for six years in the Kapenguria prison and one year under house arrest in Lodwar until his release on August 21, 1961.

The year 1961 was the onset of many civil rights groups in the world fighting for different injustices. It brought about the awakening to the plight of the segregated, and it is in order a new world order was in motion.

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Movies

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Yojimbo

Yojimbo

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

Starring: Toshirô Mifune, Eijirô Tôno, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yôko Tsukasa

Country: United States of America

Judgment at Nuremberg

Judgment at Nuremberg

Directed by: Stanley Kramer

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich

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

Through a Glass Darkly

Through a Glass Darkly

Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

Starring: Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Max von Sydow, Lars Passgård

Country: United States of America

La notte

La notte

Directed by: Michelangelo Antonioni

Starring: Jeanne Moreau, Marcello Mastroianni, Monica Vitti, Bernhard Wicki

Country: United States of America

Books

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

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The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960.

The Last Of The Just by Andre Schwarz-Bart

The Last Of The Just

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Published in sixteen languages and winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt, Andre Schwarz-Bart’s The Last of the Just is considered by many the single greatest novel of the Holocaust.

The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich by William L. Shirer

The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich

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Hailed as “one of the most important works of history of our time” (The New York Times), this definitive chronicle of Hitler’s rise to power is back in hardcover with a

Ring Of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell

Ring Of Bright Water

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Hailed as a masterpiece when it was first published in 1960, the story of Gavin Maxwell’s life with otters on the remote west coast of Scotland remains one of the most

The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone

The Agony and the Ecstasy

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Irving Stone’s classic biographical novel of Michaelangelo—in which both the artist and the man are brought to life in full. A masterpiece in its own right, this novel offers a compelling portrait of Michelangelo’s dangerous, impassioned loves, and the God-driven …

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1961 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Michael
  2. David
  3. John
  4. James
  5. Robert
  6. Mark
  7. William
  8. Richard
  9. Thomas
  10. Steven
Top #10 female names
  1. Mary
  2. Lisa
  3. Susan
  4. Linda
  5. Karen
  6. Patricia
  7. Donna
  8. Cynthia
  9. Sandra
  10. Deborah
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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1961?


Events

  • 01 Jan Houston Oilers beat LA Chargers 24-16 in AFL championship game
  • 02 Jan Hawaii's all-time low temperature, 14 degrees F recorded atop Haleakale.
  • 03 Jan The SL-1, a government-run reactor near Idaho Falls, Idaho, leaks radiation, killing three workers.
  • 05 Jan US breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba.
  • 07 Jan Trucial States (later United Arab Emirates) issue their first postage stamps.
  • 08 Jan Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Yvor Winters.
  • 09 Jan British authorities announce that they have discovered a large Soviet spy ring in London.
  • 11 Jan Racial riot at University of Georgia, USA.
  • 14 Jan Chicago Bears' Willard Dewveall becomes first NFL player to join the AFL.
  • 15 Jan Supremes signed with Motown Records
  • 16 Jan Conquering Hero opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 17 Jan U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the ''military-industrial complex''.
  • 19 Jan 1st episode for Dick Van Dyke Show is filmed
  • 20 Jan Arthur M Ramsay becomes archbishop of Canterbury.
  • 21 Jan Conquering Hero closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 23 Jan US Supreme Court rules cities and states have right to censor films.
  • 24 Jan Lazard Brothers Ltd draw a check for US$334,867,807.68.
  • 25 Jan Military coup in El Salvador.
  • 26 Jan 1st woman personal Physician to President-JG Travell
  • 27 Jan Sing Along with Mitch [Miller] premieres on NBC TV
  • 28 Jan Republic of Rwanda proclaimed.
  • 29 Jan US female Figure Skating championship won by Laurence Owen.
  • 30 Jan JFK asks for an Alliance for Progress and Peace Corp
  • 31 Jan Ham is 1st primate in space (158 miles) aboard Mercury / Redstone 2
  • 01 Feb First full-scale test of US Minuteman ICBM is successful.
  • 02 Feb Prince Bernhard opens new RAI building in Amsterdam
  • 03 Feb 6th largest snowfall in NYC history (17.4 (44.2cm))
  • 04 Feb Sputnik 7 launches into Earth orbit; probable Venus probe failure
  • 05 Feb February 9 ampndash In Congo, President Joseph Kasavubu names Joseph Ileo as the new Prime Minister.
  • 06 Feb Jail, No Bail Jail-in movement starts in Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • 07 Feb Jane Fonda made her acting debut in the NBC drama A String of Beads
  • 09 Feb Joseph Ileo appointed premier of Congo.
  • 10 Feb Niagara Falls hydroelectric project begins producing power.
  • 11 Feb Robert Weaver sworn in with then highest federal post by a black
  • 12 Feb Mickey Wright wins LPGA Saint Petersburg Golf Open.
  • 13 Feb Frank Sinatra launches Reprise label under Warner Bros Records
  • 14 Feb Louise Suggs wins LPGA Royal Poinciana Golf Invitational.
  • 15 Feb Entire US figure skating team of 18 dies in Belgian Sabena 707 crash.
  • 16 Feb US satellite Explorer 9 is launched.
  • 18 Feb Henk van der Grift becomes world champion skater
  • 19 Feb Henk van der Grift (Netherlands) becomes world champion all-around skater.
  • 21 Feb Mercury-Atlas 2 reentry test reaches 172 km.
  • 24 Feb Explorer (10) fails to reach Earth orbit
  • 25 Feb Paul Bikle in glider climbs from 1208 metre at release to record 14,100.
  • 26 Feb Hassan II becomes King of Morocco.
  • 27 Feb The first congress of the Spanish Trade Union Organisation is inaugurated.
  • 28 Feb JFK names Henry Kissinger special advisor
  • 01 Mar US President John Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps.
  • 02 Mar 13 Daughters opens at 54th St. Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • 03 Mar Max Conrad circumnavigates the earth in 8 days, 18 hours and 49 minutes, setting a new world record.
  • 06 Mar 1st London minicabs introduced
  • 08 Mar US nuclear submarine Patrick Henry arrives at Scottish naval base of Holy Loch from South Carolina in a record underseas journey of 66 days 22 hours.
  • 09 Mar 1st animal returned from space, dog named Blackie aboard Sputnik 9
  • 12 Mar Mickey Wright wins LPGA Miami Golf Open.
  • 13 Mar JFK sets up the Alliance for Progress
  • 14 Mar George Weiss becomes president of New York Mets.
  • 15 Mar South Africa withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • 17 Mar South Africa leaves British Commonwealth
  • 21 Mar Art Modell purchases Cleveland Browns for then record ($3,925,000)
  • 24 Mar New York Senate approves US$55 million for a baseball stadium at Flushing Meadows.
  • 25 Mar 13 Daughters closes at 54th St. Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • 26 Mar Louise Suggs wins LPGA Golden Circle of Golf Festival.
  • 27 Mar Failed assassination attempt on King Saif al-Islam Achmad of Yemen.
  • 29 Mar KCPT TV channel 19 in Kansas City, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 30 Mar NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 169,600 feet (51,690 metres).
  • 31 Mar Aklilou Habtewold becomes first premier of Ethiopia.
  • 01 Apr Jim Bakker marries Tammy Faye
  • 03 Apr Happiest Girl in the World opens at Martin Beck NYC for 97 performances
  • 05 Apr Barbra Streisand appears on Jack Paar Show
  • 08 Apr British liner Dara explodes in Persian Gulf, kills 236
  • 09 Apr The Pacific Electric Railway in Los Angeles, once the largest electric railway in the world, ends operations.
  • 10 Apr Adolf Eichmann tried as a war criminal in Israel
  • 11 Apr Adolf Eichmann trial begins in Israel
  • 12 Apr Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes 1st person to orbit Earth (Vostok 1)
  • 13 Apr Carnival! opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 719 performances
  • 14 Apr US element 103 (Lawrencium) discovered.
  • 15 Apr Music Man closes at Majestic Theater in New York City after 1375 performances.
  • 16 Apr 15th Tony Awards: Becket and Bye Bye Birdie win.
  • 17 Apr 33rd Academy Awards - Apartment, Burt Lancaster and Elizabeth Taylor win.
  • 18 Apr CONCP is founded in Casablanca as a united front of African movements opposing Portuguese colonial rule.
  • 19 Apr 65th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:39.
  • 20 Apr American Harold Graham makes first rocket belt flight.
  • 21 Apr French army revolts in Algeria
  • 22 Apr Uprising of French parachutist of General Salan/Challe in Algeria.
  • 23 Apr Tenderloin closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 216 performances
  • 24 Apr JFK accepts sole responsibility following Bay of Pigs
  • 25 Apr Mercury / Atlas rocket lifted off with an electronic mannequin
  • 26 Apr Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961
  • 27 Apr NASA launches Explorer 11 into Earth orbit to study gamma rays.
  • 28 Apr Lt Col Gueorgui Mossolov takes E-66A to 34,714 m altitude
  • 30 Apr 1st shuttle flights between Washington DC, Boston and NYC begin (Eastern)
  • 01 May 1st US airplane hijacked to Cuba
  • 03 May Warren Spahn pitches a two hitter after pitching a no hitter.
  • 04 May 1st on-the-road Spacemobile lecture given.
  • 05 May Alan Shepard becomes first American in space (aboard Freedom 7).
  • 06 May Omer Vanaudenhove chosen chairman of Belgium Liberal Party.
  • 07 May Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open.
  • 08 May First practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport, Texas, USA.
  • 09 May FCC Chairman Newton N Minow criticizes TV as a vast wasteland
  • 10 May Beyond the Fringe, premieres in London
  • 12 May Botvinnik wins world chess championship for third time.
  • 14 May Bus with first group of Freedom Riders bombed and burned in Alabama, USA.
  • 15 May Bonanza by Al Caiola Orchestra hits #19
  • 16 May 13rd Emmy Awards: Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr and Barbara Stanwyck
  • 17 May Fidel Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers.
  • 18 May Donnybrook! opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • 19 May New pier opens in Scheveningen
  • 20 May Henzes opera Elegy for Young Lovers, premieres in Schwetzingen
  • 21 May Governor Patterson declares martial law in Montgomery, Alabama, USA.
  • 22 May Mother-In-Law by Ernie K-Doe hits #1
  • 24 May American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for ''disturbing the peace'' after disembarking from their bus.
  • 25 May JFK sets goal of putting a man on Moon before the end of decade
  • 26 May US Air Force bomber flies the Atlantic in a record of just over three hours.
  • 27 May President Kennedy announces US goal to reach Moon
  • 28 May Amnesty International founded (Nobel Peace Prize 1977)
  • 29 May The US Department of Agriculture officially begins its Food Stamp program.
  • 30 May Maris hits his 10th and 11th of 61 HRs
  • 31 May JFK visits Charles de Gaulle in Paris
  • 01 Jun FM multiplex stereo broadcasting 1st heard
  • 03 Jun Wildcat closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 172 performances
  • 04 Jun Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • 08 Jun English Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, weds Katharine Worsley
  • 09 Jun Ryne Duren sets AL record with 7 straight strikeouts against Red Sox
  • 11 Jun Winston Churchill, last airs on ABC-TV
  • 12 Jun An ailing Bill Veeck sells his interest in White Sox to Arthur Allyn
  • 13 Jun Billy Barnes People opens at Royale Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 14 Jun 106 degrees F, hottest temperature in San Francisco, California.
  • 15 Jun Expansion Washingston Senators are 30-30, latest date an expansion team will be at .500, Washington will lose their next 10 games
  • 16 Jun Dave Garroway is fired as Today Show host
  • 17 Jun Billy Barnes People closes at Royale Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 18 Jun CBS radio cancels Gunsmoke
  • 19 Jun Little Egypt (Ying-Yang) by Coasters peaks at #23
  • 22 Jun Moise Tshombe is released for lack of evidence of connection to the murder of Patrice Lumumba.
  • 23 Jun Cubs Ernie Banks ends his 717 consecutive-games-played streak
  • 24 Jun Happiest Girl in the World closes at Martin Beck NYC after 97 performances
  • 25 Jun Baltimore Orioles and California Angels use a record 16 pitchers in a game (8 each) in 14 innings.
  • 27 Jun Kuwait requests British help the United Kingdom sends in troops.
  • 28 Jun Phils and SF set then record longest night game (5h11m) 7-7 15 inn tie
  • 29 Jun Launch of Transit 4a, with first nuclear power supply (SNAP-3).
  • 30 Jun Explorer 12 fails to reach Earth orbit.
  • 01 Jul KNDU TV channel 25 in Richland-Pasco-Kennew, WA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 02 Jul Maris hits 29th and 30th en route to 61 homers
  • 04 Jul Walt Disney is one of the two main speakers on the Independence Day in The Rebuild Hills at Sk?rping in Denmark.
  • 05 Jul 80 die in collisions in Algiers
  • 06 Jul Portuguese ship explode near Mozambique, kills 300
  • 07 Jul 75th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Rod Laver beats Chuck McKinley (63 61 64)
  • 08 Jul Fred Trueman takes 5-0 in 24 balls to rip through Aussies
  • 11 Jul 30th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 in 10 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco
  • 12 Jul Pune floods due to failure of the Khadakwasla and Panshet dams. Half of Pune is submerged, more than 100,000 families need to be relocated and the death tally exceeds 2,000.
  • 13 Jul Arnold Schoenberg, Austrian-US composer (Second Quartet), dies at age 86.
  • 14 Jul Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Mater et magistrate
  • 15 Jul Donnybrook! closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • 16 Jul Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Tippecanoe Golf Open
  • 17 Jul Ford Frick rules that if anyone breaks Babe Ruth 60 HR record, it must be done in 1st 154 games
  • 19 Jul First in-flight movie shown (TWA).
  • 20 Jul French military forces break the Tunisian siege of Bizerte.
  • 21 Jul Launch of Mercury 4 (Liberty Bell) with Grissom.
  • 22 Jul WBNB TV channel 10 in Charlotte Amaile, VI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 23 Jul Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Golf Open
  • 24 Jul Edwin Newman becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • 25 Jul In a speech John F. Kennedy emphasizes that any attack on Berlin is an attack on NATO.
  • 29 Jul Bob Dylan injured in car accident
  • 30 Jul 43rd PGA Championship: Jerry Barber shoots a 277 at Olympia Fields, Illinois
  • 31 Jul 31st All Star Baseball Game: 1-1 tie ends by rain at Fenway, Boston
  • 01 Aug Benaud rips through England team for Aussie win at Old Trafford
  • 02 Aug Cyrille Adula becomes Premier of Congo
  • 04 Aug 28th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 28, All-Stars 14 (66,000)
  • 05 Aug Chicago Bears (NFL) beat Montreal Alouettes (Canadian Football League) 34-16 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • 06 Aug 1st case of motion sickness in space reported
  • 07 Aug Cosmonaut Gherman Titov circles Earth for a full day in Vostok 2
  • 08 Aug Ham Tigercats (CFL) beat the Buffalo Bills (NFL) 38-21 in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 09 Aug James B Parsons is 1st black appointed to Federal District Court
  • 10 Aug England applies for membership in the European Common Market.
  • 11 Aug Warren Spahn records victory number 300, beats Chicago Cubs 2-1.
  • 13 Aug Construction on Berlin Wall begins in East Germany (Dark day)
  • 14 Aug Philadelphia Phillies lose 17th straight game
  • 15 Aug Conrad Schumann flees from East Germany while on duty guarding the construction of the Berlin Wall.
  • 16 Aug 250,000 West Berliners demonstrate against East Berlin
  • 17 Aug Kennedy administration establishes Alliance for Progress
  • 18 Aug Construction on Berlin Wall completed.
  • 19 Aug US Vice President Lyndon B Johnson visits West Berlin
  • 20 Aug Phillies set then dubious record of 23 straight loses, beat Braves
  • 21 Aug Jomo Kenyatta freed in Kenya
  • 22 Aug Maris hits his 50th of 61 homers
  • 23 Aug Belgium sends troops to Rwanda-Urundi
  • 25 Aug Brazilian President Janio Quadros, resigns
  • 26 Aug Official International Hockey Hall of Fame opens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 28 Aug Motown releases what would be its first #1 hit, ''Please Mr. Postman'' by The Marvelettes.
  • 30 Aug 1st Negro judge of a US District Court confirmed-JB Parsons
  • 31 Aug Amsterdam National Ballet forms
  • 01 Sep 1st conference of neutral countries held in Belgrade
  • 04 Sep Carol Burnette-Richard Hayes Show premieres on CBS radio
  • 05 Sep JFK begins underground nuclear testing
  • 06 Sep USSR performs nuclear test at Kapustin Yar USSR
  • 07 Sep 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 Maria Beale Fletcher (NC), 19, crowned 34th Miss America 1962
  • 10 Sep 75th US Womens Tennis: Darlene R Hard beats Ann Haydon Jones (63 64)
  • 11 Sep Hurricane Carla strikes the Texas coast as a Category 4 hurricane, the second strongest storm ever to hit the state.
  • 12 Sep NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 34,840 m
  • 13 Sep Car 54 Where are You? premieres on TV
  • 14 Sep Dmitri Shostakovitch becomes member of CP of the USSR
  • 15 Sep 61st US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus
  • 16 Sep CDU loses West German election
  • 17 Sep The world's first retractable-dome stadium, the Civic Arena, opens in Pittsburgh.
  • 18 Sep 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 Betty and Barney Hill claim that they saw a mysterious craft in the sky and that it tried to abduct them.
  • 20 Sep After 84 1 / 3 innings Bill Fischer gives up a base on balls
  • 21 Sep Antonio Abertondo swims English Channel round trip (44 miles)
  • 22 Sep Antonio Albertondo (Argentina) at age 42, completes the first round trip crossing swim of the English Channel in 43 hours, 10 minutes.
  • 23 Sep 1st movie to become a TV series-How to Marry a Millionaire
  • 24 Sep Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sacramento Valley Golf Open
  • 25 Sep KTPS TV channel 62 in Tacoma, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 26 Sep From the Second City opens at Royale Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • 27 Sep Sandy Koufax sets NL strikeout season record at 269
  • 28 Sep Doctor Kildare, debuts on NBC-TV
  • 29 Sep Detectives, TV Crime Drama
  • 30 Sep 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 Oct KGIN TV channel 11 in Grand Island, NB (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 02 Oct Ben Casey premieres on NBC-TV
  • 03 Oct Dick Van Dyke Show premieres on CBS-TV
  • 05 Oct China and Nepal sign treaty
  • 06 Oct JFK advises Americans to build fallout shelters
  • 07 Oct Bye Bye Birdie closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 607 performances
  • 08 Oct US Constellation crashes at Richmond Virginia, 74 die
  • 09 Oct US members of communist party obliged to report themselves to Police
  • 10 Oct Milk & Honey opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 543 performances
  • 11 Oct US Air Force Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 66,100m.
  • 12 Oct The death penalty is abolished in New Zealand.
  • 14 Oct How to Succeed in Business opens at 46th St. NYC for 1415 performances
  • 17 Oct 22nd Congress of CPSU opens in Moscow
  • 18 Oct Emergency crisis proclaimed in South Vietnam due to commun attack
  • 19 Oct The Arab League takes over protecting Kuwait the last British troops leave.
  • 21 Oct Barbra Striesand opens in Another Evening with Harry Stones
  • 22 Oct 75,000 Flemings demand equal rights and Flemish language in Belgium
  • 23 Oct Kwamina opens at 54th St. Theater NYC for 32 performances
  • 24 Oct Evening with Yves Montand opens at John Golden NYC for 55 performances
  • 25 Oct The first edition of ''Private Eye'', the British satirical magazine, is published.
  • 26 Oct 1st Saturn launch vehicle made a flight test
  • 27 Oct USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya and Sary Shagan USSR
  • 28 Oct Fiorello! closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 796 performances
  • 29 Oct Syria exits from the United Arab Republic.
  • 30 Oct Soviet Union tests a 58 megaton hydrogen bomb
  • 31 Oct Federal judge rules that Birmingham, Alabama, laws against integrated playing fields are illegal
  • 01 Nov 50,000 women in 60 cities participate in the inaugural Women Strike for Peace (WSP) against nuclear proliferation.
  • 02 Nov Kean opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • 03 Nov General Assembly unanimously elects U Thant acting secretary general
  • 04 Nov Karamanlis becomes Premier of Greece
  • 06 Nov The U.S. government issues a stamp honoring the 100th birthday of James Naismith.
  • 08 Nov Whitey Ford is voted Cy Young Award winner over Warren Spahn
  • 09 Nov USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 30,970m
  • 10 Nov ''Catch-22'' is first published by Joseph Heller.
  • 11 Nov Adulterous couple up mestkar through Staphorst riding
  • 13 Nov WCBB TV channel 10 in Augusta, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 15 Nov Comet C / 1961 T1 (Seki) approaches within 0.1019 AUs of Earth
  • 16 Nov Great Britain limits immigration from Commonwealth countries
  • 17 Nov Michael Rockefeller, son of New York Governor and later Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, disappears in the jungles of New Guinea.
  • 18 Nov Gay Life opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 113 performances
  • 20 Nov WPLG TV channel 10 in Miami, Florida (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 22 Nov Frank Robinson is 1st to win MVPs in both major leagues
  • 24 Nov World Food Program (WFP) formed as a temporary UN program.
  • 26 Nov Pro Baseball Rules Committee votes 8-1 against legalizing the spitball
  • 27 Nov KHAW TV channel 11 in Hilo, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 28 Nov Ernest Davis is 1st black to win Heisman Trophy
  • 29 Nov John A McCone replaces Allen W Dulles as 6th Director of CIA
  • 30 Nov Billy Williams of the Cubs is voted NL Rookie of Year
  • 01 Dec The independent Republic of West Papua is proclaimed in modern-day Western New Guinea.
  • 02 Dec Wind Bell, journal of SF Zen Center, begins publishing
  • 03 Dec Beatles meet future manager Brian Epstein
  • 04 Dec WXGA TV channel 8 in Waycross, Georgia (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 05 Dec U.S. President John F. Kennedy gives support to the Volta Dam project in Ghana.
  • 06 Dec 27th Heisman Trophy Award: Ernie Davis, Syracuse (HB).
  • 08 Dec Antwerp Belgium diocese forms
  • 09 Dec From the Second City closes at Royale Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • 10 Dec Dr Ruth marries Fred Westheimer
  • 11 Dec Please, Mr. Postman by Marvelettes, released
  • 12 Dec Ham radio satellite Oscar 1 launched with military Discoverer 36.
  • 13 Dec Beatles sign a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein
  • 14 Dec The United Republic of Tanzania joins the United Nations.
  • 15 Dec Adolf Eichmann convicted of crimes against humanity in Israel
  • 16 Dec Evening with Yves Montand opens at John Golden NYC after 55 performances
  • 17 Dec India seizes Goa and 2 other Portuguese colonies
  • 18 Dec KAIL TV channel 53 in Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 19 Dec Indonesian President Sukarno proclaims general mobilization.
  • 20 Dec Moss Heart, US dramatist (You can't take it with you), dies at age 57.
  • 21 Dec Beatles record Sweet Georgia Brown andReady Teddy
  • 22 Dec US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 23 Dec KICU TV channel 43 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 24 Dec Houston Oilers beat San Diego Chargers 10-3 in AFL championship game.
  • 27 Dec Subways Are for Sleeping opens at St. James Theater NYC for 205 performances
  • 30 Dec Congolese troops capture Albert Kalonji of South Kasai (who soon escapes).
  • 31 Dec lrma La Douce closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 527 performances