1961: On This Year


1961 (MCMLXI in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1961th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 1961 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 1961 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 1961, who was Time's Person of the Year in 1961, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 1961, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 1961, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 1961.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 1961 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 1961 known for ?

  • 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.
  • 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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1961: Oscar Winners of the Year

In 1961, during the 34th Academy Awards Cerimony, held on 09/04/1962 the following movies, actors, actresses and directors were awarded with the Oscar in 6 categories honoring the films released in 1961:

What movie won the Best Picture Oscar in 1961?

West Side Story
The Oscar for Best Movie went to West Side Story, directed by Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise, starring Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Director Oscar in 1961?

West Side Story
The Oscar for Best Director went to Jerome Robbins, for the movie West Side Story, starring Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Actor Oscar in 1961?

Judgment at Nuremberg
The Oscar for Best Actor went to Maximilian Schell, for the movie Judgment at Nuremberg, starring Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Actress Oscar in 1961?

Two Women
The Oscar for Best Actress went to Sophia Loren, for the movie Two Women, starring Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Raf Vallone, Eleonora Brown produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1961?

West Side Story
The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to George Chakiris, for the movie West Side Story, starring Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1961?

West Side Story
The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to Rita Moreno, for the movie West Side Story, starring Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn produced in the United States of America.
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1961: Who was Time's Person of the Year?

John F. Kennedy
In 1961, John F. Kennedy was named by TIME magazine as Person of the Year. Kennedy was inaugurated as President of the United States in 1961, ordering the failed invasion of Cuba by U.S.-trained Cuban exiles.

1961: What were the most popular books published that year?

The most popular and best selling books in 1961 were:

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

The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich


This definitive history of Hitler's rise is back in hardcover, hailed by The New York Times as "one the most important works historical of our time"

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.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird


To Kill A Mockingbird, the unforgettable story of a Southern childhood and the conscience crisis that rocked it became a bestseller immediately and was critically acclaimed when it was published for the first time in 1960.

The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone

The Agony and the Ecstasy


Irving Stone's classic biographical novel about Michaelangelo - in which both the artist as well as the man are fully brought to life. This novel is a masterpiece in its own right. It portrays Michelangelo’s passionate, dangerous love life and …

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.

Ox chinese zodiac sign

1961: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 1961?

According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 1961 was the Year of the Ox.

Discover Zodiac Sign Characteristics and Personality Traits of people born under the Ox sign.

Nobel Prize

1961: Nobel Prize Winners of the Year

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1961: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 1961 were Michael, David and John for boys and Mary, Lisa and Susan for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

1961: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 1961 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Michael
  • David
  • John
  • James
  • Robert
  • Mark
  • William
  • Richard
  • Thomas
  • Steven

1961: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 1961 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Mary
  • Lisa
  • Susan
  • Linda
  • Karen
  • Patricia
  • Donna
  • Cynthia
  • Sandra
  • Deborah

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1961: What was the number 1 song in the USA that year?

The number 1 song in the USA in 1961, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was Tossin' And Turnin' by Bobby Lewis

1961: What was the music chart in the USA that year?

The Music Chart in the USA in 1961 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. Tossin' And Turnin' by Bobby Lewis
  2. Big Bad John by Jimmy Dean
  3. Michael by The Highwaymen
  4. Bristol Stomp by The Dovells
  5. Runaround Sue by Dion
  6. Runaway by Del Shannon
  7. Dedicated To The One I Love by The Shirelles
  8. Calcutta by Lawrence Welk
  9. Pony Time by Chubby Checker
  10. Surrender by Elvis Presley

1961: What was the number 1 song in the UK that year?

The number 1 song in the UK in 1961, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was Halfway To Paradise by Billy Fury

1961: What was the music chart in the UK that year?

The Music Chart in the UK in 1961 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. Halfway To Paradise by Billy Fury
  2. Well I Ask You by Eden Kane
  3. Wooden Heart by Elvis Presley
  4. Walk Right Back / Ebony Eyes by The Everly Brothers
  5. Runaway by Del Shannon
  6. Walking Back To Happiness by Helen Shapiro
  7. Are You Lonesome Tonight? by Elvis Presley
  8. You Don't Know by Helen Shapiro
  9. Johnny Remember Me by John Leyton
  10. Theme For A Dream by Cliff Richard

1961: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 1961 were:

The Dick Van Dyke Show

The Dick Van Dyke Show

Release year: 1961

Written by:

Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Larry Mathews

Country: United States of America



Release year: 1961

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

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

Country: United States of America

Judgment at Nuremberg

Judgment at Nuremberg

Release year: 1961

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

Release year: 1961

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

Release year: 1961

Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

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

Country: United States of America

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1961: What was the world population that year?

The world population in 1961 was 3,091,843,507 people according to data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. This figure includes both urban and rural populations. The urban population at that time accounted for 34.0% of the total population, which is roughly 1.1 billion individuals.The annual population change in 1961 was an increase of +56.8 million people, representing a percentage increase of +1.87% over the previous year.The average population density in 1961 was 13 persons per square mile (or 21 persons per square kilometer).


What happened in 1961?

Here's what happened in 1961:

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


What does the year 1961 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 1961 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 62nd year of the 20th century and the 1st year of the 1960s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 1960 and precedes 1962.

calendars for year 1961

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