What Happened in 1961 (Part 6)

Historical Events

Events 501 - 600 of 674

  • Oct 3 "Dick Van Dyke Show" premieres on CBS-TV
  • Oct 3 TV sitcom "Mr Ed" premieres on CBS
  • Oct 3 "Sail Away" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 167 performances
  • Oct 3 KMED (now KTVL) TV channel 10 in Medford, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

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Oct 4 Whitey Ford's 3rd straight World Series shutout

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Oct 5 China & Nepal sign treaty

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Oct 6 JFK advises Americans to build fallout shelters

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Oct 6 USSR performs nuclear tests at Kapustin Yar & Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 7 "Bye Bye Birdie" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 607 performances
  • Oct 7 15th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Chicago 3-1 at Chicago
  • Oct 8 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Bill Brannin's Swing Parade Golf Tournament
  • Oct 8 US Constellation crashes at Richmond Virginia, 74 die
  • Oct 8 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya, USSR
  • Oct 8 12th Formula One WDC: Phil Hill wins by one point
  • Oct 9 NY Yankees beat Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 1 in 58th World Series
  • Oct 9 Tanganyika becomes independent within British Commonwealth
  • Oct 9 US members of communist party obliged to report themselves to police
  • Oct 9 Volcanic eruptions on Tristan de Cunha (South Atlantic)
  • Oct 9 Yank Whitey Ford breaks Ruth record of 29 2/3 consecutive inning
  • Oct 9 World Series scoreless pitching streak Yanks beat Reds 4 games to 1
  • Oct 10 "Milk & Honey" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 543 performances
  • Oct 10 Expansion draft to stock Houston Astros & NY Mets
  • Oct 10 Otis M Smith appointed to Michigan Supreme Court
  • Oct 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 11 USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 66,100m
  • Oct 11 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 12 "Let It Ride" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • Oct 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 14 "How to Succeed in Business" opens at 46th St NYC for 1415 performances
  • Oct 14 14th Ryder Cup: US wins, 14½-9½ at Royal Lytham & St Annes, England
  • Oct 17 22nd congress of CPSU opens in Moscow
  • Oct 17 Battle of Paris-police kill 210 Algerians
  • Oct 17 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 33,100 m

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Oct 17 NY Museum of Modern Art hangs Henri Matisse's "Le Bateau" upside-down It wasn't corrected until December 3rd

Impressionist Painter Henri Matisse
Impressionist Painter
Henri Matisse
  • Oct 18 Emergency crisis proclaimed in South Vietnam due to communist attack
  • Oct 18 "West Side Story", the film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, starring Natalie Wood, is released (Best Picture 1962)

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Oct 21 Barbra Streisand opens in "Another Evening with Harry Stones"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Oct 21 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Oct 22 75,000 Flemings demand equal rights & Flemish language in Belgium
  • Oct 22 Louise Suggs wins LPGA San Antonio Golf Civitan
  • Oct 23 "Kwamina" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 32 performances
  • Oct 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 24 "Evening with Yves Montand" opens at John Golden NYC for 55 performances
  • Oct 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 26 First test flight of Saturn launch vehicle
  • Oct 27 1st Saturn launch vehicle makes an unmanned flight test
  • Oct 27 American Basketball League starts play
  • Oct 27 Outer Mongolia & Mauritania become 102nd & 103rd members of UN
  • Oct 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya & Sary Shagan USSR
  • Oct 28 "Fiorello!" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 796 performances
  • Oct 28 Ground broken for Municipal (Shea) Stadium for NY Mets
  • Oct 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 29 13th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Ned Jarrett wins
  • Oct 30 Soviet Union tests a 58 megaton hydrogen bomb named Tsar Bomba - most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated

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Oct 30 Soviet Party Congress unanimously approves a resolution removing Stalin's body from Lenin's tomb in Red Square

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
  • Oct 31 Hurricane Hattie, kills 400 in British Honduras
  • Oct 31 Federal judge rules that Birmingham, Alabama, laws against integrated playing fields are illegal
  • Nov 2 "Kean" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • Nov 2 Max Frisch's "Andorra" premieres in Zurich
  • Nov 3 UN General Assembly unanimously elects U Thant as acting Secretary-General after the death of Dag Hammarskjöld in a plane crash
  • Nov 4 Karamanlis becomes premier of Greece
  • Nov 5 India's premier Nehru arrives in NY
  • Nov 5 St Louis Cards Bill Stacy, returns 2 interceptions for TDs vs Dallas
  • Nov 6 US government issues a stamp honoring 100th birthday of James Naismith (invented game of basketball - actually Canadian)
  • Nov 7 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • Nov 8 Whitey Ford is voted Cy Young Award winner over Warren Spahn
  • Nov 9 PGA eliminates caucasians only rule
  • Nov 9 Paddy Chayefsky's "Gideon" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 9 USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 30,970m
  • Nov 9 The X-15 rocket plane achieved a world record speed of 4,093 mph (Mach 6.04) and reached 101,600 feet (30,970 m or over 19 miles) altitude
  • Nov 11 Adulterous couple up mestkar through Staphorst riding
  • Nov 11 Congolese soldiers murder 13 Italian UN pilots
  • Nov 11 Molotov, Malenkov & Kaganovitsj expelled from USSR's communist party
  • Nov 11 Stalingrad renamed Volgograd
  • Nov 11 "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller is published by Simon and Schuster in New York
  • Nov 13 WCBB TV channel 10 in Augusta, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 13 Vladimir Yefimovich Semichastny succeeds Aleksandr Nikolayevich Shelepin as head of the KGB.
  • Nov 15 Comet C/1961 T1 (Seki) approaches within 0.1019 AUs of Earth

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Nov 15 Roger Maris is voted AL MVP

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Nov 15 UN bans nuclear arms
  • Nov 16 United Kingdom limits immigration from Commonwealth countries
  • Nov 16 US President JFK decides to increase military aid to South Vietnam without committing US combat troops
  • Nov 18 "Gay Life" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 113 performances
  • Nov 18 "Kwamina" closes at 54th St Theater NYC after 32 performances
  • Nov 18 JFK sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam
  • Nov 18 US Ranger 2 launched to Moon; failed
  • Nov 19 Houston George Blanda passes for 7 touchdowns vs NY Titans (49-13)
  • Nov 20 WPLG TV channel 10 in Miami, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 22 Frank Robinson is 1st to win MVPs in both major leagues

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Nov 22 St Louis Hawk Bob Pettit sets NBA record, hitting 19 of 19 free throws

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit

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Nov 22 Producers Albert Broccoli & Harry Saltzman announce expensive publicity campaign to make Sean Connery (James Bond) a star

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Nov 25 NBA's Bob Cousy becomes 2nd player to score 15,000 points

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • Nov 26 For 2nd time in his career, St Louis' Jerry Norton has 4 interceptions
  • Nov 26 Pro Baseball Rules Committee votes 8-1 against legalizing the spitball

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Nov 27 Gordie Howe becomes 1st to play in 1,000 NHL games

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Nov 27 KHAW TV channel 11 in Hilo, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 28 General Meeting of UN debates New-Guinea
  • Nov 28 Martin Walser's "Der Abstecher" premieres in Munich
  • Nov 29 Freedom Riders attacked by white mob at bus station in Miss

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 501 - 600 of 831

  • Aug 12 Lawrence Hayward, English musician (Felt, Denim, Go Kart Mozart)
  • Aug 12 Mark Priest, New Zealand cricketer
  • Aug 13 Bettine Vriesekoop, Dutch table tennis star
  • Aug 13 Dawnn Lewis, actress (Jaleesa-Different World)
  • Aug 13 Neil Mallender, cricketer (England pace bowler in two Tests 1992)
  • Aug 13 Stuart Maconie, English music writer and broadcaster
  • Aug 13 Tom Perrotta, American novelist
  • Aug 13 Sunil Shetty, Indian Actor, Producer
  • Aug 14 Susan Olson, actress (Cindy-Brady Bunch), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Aug 14 "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert, American wrestler (d. 1995)
  • Aug 15 Joan Delk, LPGA golfer (1995 First Bank Edina Realty-66th), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Aug 15 Matt Johnson, rocker (The The-Infected Soul Mining)
  • Aug 15 Ed Gillespie, American White House counsel to George W. Bush
  • Aug 15 Gary Kubiak, American football coach
  • Aug 16 Christian Okoye, American football player
  • Aug 17 Jamie Macoun, Newmarket, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Aug 18 John Viscardi, actor (Father Tony-One Life to Live), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 18 Bob Woodruff, American journalist, anchor
  • Aug 19 Danuta Bartoszek, Pyrzyce Poland, Canadian marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 20 Linda Mantz, actress (Frankie-Dorothy), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 20 Rick Rael, heavy metal rocker
  • Aug 20 Greg Egan, Australian author
  • Aug 20 Joe Pasquale, English comedian
  • Aug 21 Danny Sheaffer, catcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Aug 21 Lance Earl Deal, Riverton Wyoming, hammer thrower (Olympics-silver-96)
  • Aug 21 Stephen Hillenburg, American animator and cartoonist
  • Aug 21 V. B. Chandrasekhar, Indian cricketer
  • Aug 22 Debbi Peterson, rock drummer (Bangles-Eternal Flame), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 22 Jay Ashton, rocker (Gene Loves Jezebel)
  • Aug 22 John Kidd, NFL punter (Miami Dolphins)
  • Aug 22 Roland Orzabal, rock vocalist (Tears for Fears-Shout, Head over Heels)
  • Aug 23 Julio Franco, Sp de Macrois Dom Rep, infielder (Cleveland Indians)
  • Aug 23 Dean DeLeo, American musician (Stone Temple Pilots)
  • Aug 24 Colin Angus, Scottish pop musician (Shamen, Ebeneezer Goode)
  • Aug 24 Mark "Bedders" Bedfored, rock bassist (Madness), born in London, England
  • Aug 24 Ingrid Berghmans, Belgian judoka
  • Aug 24 Jared Harris, English actor
  • Aug 25 Billy Ray Cyrus, country singer (Achy Breaky Heart), born in Flatwoods, Kentucky
  • Aug 25 Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, actress (Kill Me Again), born in Manchester, England
  • Aug 26 Jeff Parrett,pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Aug 26 Jimmy Olander, Palos Verdes Cal, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in Middle)
  • Aug 27 "Downtown" Julie Brown, TV host (Club MTV, Inside Edition)
  • Aug 27 Tom Ford, American fashion designer
  • Aug 28 Kim Appleby, Stoke Newington, English singer (Mel & Kim-Coming to America), born in London, England
  • Aug 29 Tony MacAlpine, heavy metal rocker (Solo-Edge of Insanity)
  • Aug 31 David Chastain, heavy metal rocker (Chastain-Rule of Wasteland)
  • Sep 1 Bam Bam Bigelow, WWF wrestler (Wrestlemania XI), born in Secaucus, New Jersey
  • Sep 2 Jeff Russell, Cincinnatti OH, pitcher (Texas Rangers)
  • Sep 2 Carlos Valderrama, Colombian footballer
  • Sep 3 Brian Thomas Kamm, PGA golfer (1994 Bell Canadian-6th), born in Rochester, New York
  • Sep 3 Greg Petersen, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Klondike-6th), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Sep 3 Rene Gonzales, infielder (Texas Rangers), born in Austin, Texas
  • Sep 4 Kevin Kennedy, English actor
  • Sep 4 Rizwan-uz-Zaman, Pakistani cricketer
  • Sep 5 Marc-André Hamelin, Canadian pianist
  • Sep 6 Pal Waaktaar, rock guitarist/vocalist (A-ha), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Sep 6 Peggy MacIntaggart, Midland Ontario, playmate (January, 1990)
  • Sep 6 Scott Travis, American musician (Judas Priest)
  • Sep 6 Simon Reeve, Australian journalist
  • Sep 7 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2008)
  • Sep 7 Jean-Yves Thibaudet, French Pianist
  • Sep 8 Franny Michel, American actress (Patricia-Apple's Way), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 8 Paul Zanetti, Australian political cartoonist
  • Sep 9 Jim Corsi, Newtonville MA, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • Sep 11 Virginia Madsen, actress (Dune, Hot Spot, Class), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 11 Elizabeth Daily, American actress and singer (Buttercup-The Powerpuff Girls), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 11 Philip Ardagh, British writer
  • Sep 12 Mylene Farmer, french singer (Cendres de Lune), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 12 Kathem Al Saher, Iraqi singer
  • Sep 13 Dave Mustaine, American musician (ex-Metallica, Megadeth)
  • Sep 13 KK Null, Japanese musician
  • Sep 13 Peter Roskam, Republican Congressman from Illinois
  • Sep 14 Antonia De Sancha, lover of British MP David Mellor, born in London, England

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Sep 15 Dan Marino, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • Sep 16 Alessandro Cecchi Paone, Italian entertainer
  • Sep 16 Mark Parent, Ashland OR, catcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • Sep 16 Bilinda Butcher, British singer (My Bloody Valentine)
  • Sep 17 Pamela Ann Melroy, Palo Alto California, Major USAF/astronaut (sk:STS 92)
  • Sep 17 Ty Tabor, American guitarist and singer (King's X)
  • Sep 18 Sharon Barrett, LPGA golfer (1993 Nabisco Dinah Shore-22nd), born in San Diego, California

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Sep 18 James Gandolfini, American actor (Tony Soprano), born in Westwood, New Jersey (d. 2013)

  • Sep 20 Becky Larson, LPGA golfer
  • Sep 20 Erwin Koeman, soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen)
  • Sep 20 Lisa Bloom, American lawyer and television personality
  • Sep 21 Michel R Vassallucci, French/Neth publisher (Arena)
  • Sep 21 Nancy Travis, actress (Kim-Almost Perfect, Chaplin, 8 Men Out), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 22 Catherine Oxenberg, princess/actress (Dynasty, Overexposed), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 22 Dot Richardson, softball infielder (Olympics-gold-96), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Sep 22 Vince Coleman, American baseball player
  • Sep 22 Dr. Liam Fox, British Conservative politician
  • Sep 22 Bonnie Hunt, American actress
  • Sep 23 Elizabeth Peña, American actress (La Bamba, Jacob's Ladder), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, (d. 2014)
  • Sep 23 Phyllis Hines, Nashville TN, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • Sep 23 William C McCool, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 23 Chi McBride, American actor
  • Sep 24 Dillard Pruitt, Greenville SC, PGA golfer (1991 Chattanooga Classic)
  • Sep 24 Allen Bestwick, Nascar broadcaster
  • Sep 24 John Logan, American screenwriter
  • Sep 25 Heather Locklear, actress (T J Hooker, Dynasty), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 25 Tim Zoehrer, cricketer (Aussie keeper, & occasional WA leggie)

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Famous Deaths

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