What Happened in 1961 (Part 7)

Historical Events

Events 601 - 674 of 674

  • Nov 29 John A McCone replaces Allen W Dulles as 6th director of CIA
  • Nov 29 Mercury-Atlas 5 carries a chimp (Enos) to orbit
  • Nov 30 Billy Williams of the Cubs is voted NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 30 USSR vetoes Kuwaits application for UN membership
  • Dec 1 The independent Republic of West Papua is proclaimed in modern-day Western New Guinea.

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Dec 2 Fidel Castro declares he's a Marxist & will lead Cuba to Communism

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Dec 2 Wind Bell, journal of SF Zen Center, begins publishing
  • Dec 2 26th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-0 in Birmingham
  • Dec 3 Anton Geesink becomes 1st non-Japanese judo world champion
  • Dec 3 The Beatles meet future manager Brian Epstein
  • Dec 3 George Blanda of Houston Oilers kicks 55-yard field goal
  • Dec 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 4 Floyd Patterson KOs Tom McNeeley in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson

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Dec 4 Museum of Modern Art hangs Matisse's Le Bateau upside down for 47 days

Impressionist Painter Henri Matisse
Impressionist Painter
Henri Matisse
  • Dec 4 Smallest NY Knick, 49th St Madison Square Garden crowd-1,300 (snowstorm)
  • Dec 4 Tanganyika becomes 104th member of UN
  • Dec 4 WXGA TV channel 8 in Waycross, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 4 The female contraceptive 'pill' becomes available on the National Health Service in Britain
  • Dec 4 1962 NFL Draft: Ernie Davis from University of Syracuse first pick by Washington Redskins
  • Dec 6 27th Heisman Trophy Award: Ernie Davis, Syracuse (HB) (1st African American to win)
  • Dec 8 Antwerp Belgium diocese forms
  • Dec 8 Larry Costello scores 32 consecutive pts without a miss (NBA rec)
  • Dec 8 South Africa v NZ, Durban debuts for Eddie Barlow & Peter Pollock

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Dec 8 Wilt Chamberlain scores the 2nd highest total in the NBA - 78

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Dec 9 "From the Second City" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • Dec 9 "Let It Ride" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • Dec 9 SS-Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel) Adolf Eichmann found guilty of war crimes in Israel
  • Dec 9 Tanganyika gains independence from Britain, takes name Tanzania
  • Dec 10 Houston Oiler Billy Cannon gains record 373 yards against Titans
  • Dec 10 US performs nuclear test at Carlsbad New Mexico (underground)
  • Dec 10 USSR & Albania break diplomatic relations

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Dec 10 Robert Hofstadter and Rudolf Ludwig Mössbauer win the Nobel Prize in Physics for their pioneering studies of electron scattering in atomic nuclei and discoveries concerning the structure of the nucleon

  • Dec 11 "Please, Mr. Postman" by Marvelettes released
  • Dec 11 Adolf Eichmann is found guilty of war crimes in Israel

Music release#1 in the Charts

Dec 11 Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 20 wks

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

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Dec 11 JFK provides US miltary helicopters & crews to South Vietnam

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Dec 12 Ham radio satellite Oscar 1 launched with military Discoverer 36

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Dec 12 Martin Luther King Jr. & 700 demonstraters arrested in Albany Ga

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Dec 13 Beatles sign a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein
  • Dec 13 Gideon Hausner in Jerusalem demands death penalty for Adolf Eichmann
  • Dec 13 Jimmy Dean's Big Bad John album is country music 1st million $ seller
  • Dec 14 Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" is 1st country song to get a gold record
  • Dec 15 Adolf Eichmann convicted of crimes against humanity in Israel
  • Dec 15 Equal access rule, political parties get TV broadcasting time
  • Dec 15 JFK visits Puerto Rico
  • Dec 15 L J Suenens appointed archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels
  • Dec 16 "Evening with Yves Montand" opens at John Golden NYC after 55 performances
  • Dec 17 Disgruntled employee set fire to a circus tent in Niteroi Brazil
  • Dec 17 India seizes Goa & 2 other Portuguese colonies
  • Dec 17 Niteroi Circus of Rio de Janeiro catches fire; 323 die
  • Dec 18 Britain's EMI Records originally rejects the Beatles
  • Dec 18 For 2nd consecutive year, AP names Wilma Rudolph female athlete of year
  • Dec 18 India annexes Portuguese colonies of Goa, Damao & Diu
  • Dec 18 KAIL TV channel 53 in Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 18 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 78 points vs LA

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Dec 19 Indonesian President Sukarno proclaims general mobilization

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • Dec 21 Beatles record "Sweet Georgia Brown" & "Ready Teddy"
  • Dec 21 JFK & British PM MacMillan meet in Bermuda

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Dec 21 Gangster Joe Gallo is sentenced to 7 to 14 years in state prison for extortion

Gangster Joe Gallo
Joe Gallo
  • Dec 22 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 23 KICU TV channel 43 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 23 Train accident in Italy, 70 die
  • Dec 23 Fidel Castro announces Cuba will release 1,113 prisoners from failed 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion for $62M worth of food & medical supplies
  • Dec 24 Houston Oilers beat San Diego Chargers 10-3 in AFL championship game
  • Dec 27 Belgium & Congo resume diplomatic relations
  • Dec 27 Styne/Comden/Green's musical "Subways are for Sleeping" premieres at St James Theater NYC for 205 performances

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Dec 28 Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana" premieres in NYC

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
  • Dec 28 50th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Melbourne (5-0)
  • Dec 30 Moscow: premier of Dmitri Sjostakovitch' 4th Symphony (out 1936)
  • Dec 31 "lrma La Douce" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 527 performances
  • Dec 31 Beach Boys play their debut gig under that name
  • Dec 31 Failed coup by Syrian group in Lebanon
  • Dec 31 Green Bay Packers shutout NY Giants 37-0 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 31 Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than $12 billion

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 601 - 700 of 831

  • Sep 26 Will Self, English author
  • Sep 27 Christopher J Perry, Edenton NC, PGA golfer (1987 Kemper Open-2nd)
  • Sep 27 Irvine Welsh, Scottish writer
  • Sep 27 Andy Lau, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • Sep 28 Anne White, Charleston WV, tennis (Wore spandex in '85 Wimbledon)
  • Sep 28 Ed Vosberg, pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Sep 28 Michael-James Wixted, actor (Smith Family), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Sep 28 Yordanka Donkova, Bulgaria, 100 m hurdler (world record)
  • Sep 28 Quentin Kawananakoa, pretender to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii
  • Sep 29 Julia Gillard, Australian politician
  • Sep 30 Chandrakant Pandit, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (late 80's)
  • Sep 30 Crystal Bernard, Garland TX, actress (Amy-It's a Living, Helen-Wings)
  • Sep 30 Eric Stoltz, actor (Anaconda, Pulp Fiction, Mask)
  • Sep 30 Eric van de Poele, Belgian racing driver
  • Sep 30 Sally Yeh, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • Oct 1 Cornelius Johannes Petrus Gerhardus "Corrie" Van Zyl, cricketer (SAf)
  • Oct 1 Gary Ablett, Australian rules footballer
  • Oct 1 Robert Rey, Brazilian-American plastic surgeon and television personality
  • Oct 2 Alan Wells, cricketer (England Test batsman v WI in one Test 1995)
  • Oct 2 Pablo Arraya, Argentina, tennis star
  • Oct 2 Robbie Nevil, rocker (A Place Like This)
  • Oct 4 David W Harper, Abilene Tx, actor (Jim Bob-Waltons)
  • Oct 4 John Secada, Cuban American singer-songwriter, born in Havana, Cuba
  • Oct 4 Mary Ellen Stuart, actress (Frannie Crawford-As the World Turns)
  • Oct 4 Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese author
  • Oct 5 Shell Kepler, actress (Amy Vining-General Hospital)
  • Oct 5 Sharon Cheslow, American musician, composer and artist
  • Oct 5 Matthew Kauffman, American journalist and George Polk Award winner
  • Oct 5 David Kirk, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • Oct 6 Kathrin Dörre, East German marathoner (Olympic-bronze-1988)
  • Oct 6 Tim Burgess, English drummer (T'Pau), born in Macclesfield
  • Oct 7 Matthew Roloff, American reality star
  • Oct 7 Brian Mannix, Australian singer and actor
  • Oct 8 Ted Kooshian, American jazz pianist
  • Oct 9 Arlene Boxhall, Zimbabwe, field hockey (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Oct 9 Jean Sagal, actress (Kate-Double Trouble, Grease 2), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 9 Liz Sagal, actress (Allison-Double Trouble, Grease 2), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 9 Trevor Matich, NFL center/guard (Washington Redskins)
  • Oct 9 Julian Bailey, British racing driver
  • Oct 10 Brian Lee Diemer, steeplechase (Olymp-bronze-1984), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Oct 10 Martin Kemp, rock bassist (Spandau Ballet), born in London, England
  • Oct 10 Jodi Benson, American voice actress
  • Oct 10 Henrik Jørgensen, Danish marathon runner
  • Oct 11 Steve Young, NFL quarterback (SF 49ers, NFL Player of Year '92)
  • Oct 11 Neil Buchanan, English television presenter
  • Oct 11 Amr Diab, Egyptian singer
  • Oct 13 Derek Harper, NBA guard (NY Knicks, Orlando Magic)
  • Oct 14 Melanie Wilson, actress (Jennifer-Perfect Strangers)
  • Oct 14 Isaac Mizrahi American fashion designer
  • Oct 16 Billy Taylor, Monticello FL, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • Oct 16 Chris Doleman, defensive end (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Oct 16 Wilfried Brookhuis, soccer player (NEC)
  • Oct 16 Randy Vasquez, American actor
  • Oct 16 Marc Levy, French novelist
  • Oct 18 Eric Jespersen, Port Alberni BC, star sailor (Olympics-bronze-92, 96)
  • Oct 18 Gladstone Small, English cricketer, born in St. George, Barbados
  • Oct 18 Wynton Marsalis, jazz trumpeter (Grammy 1983), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oct 19 Tim Belcher, Sparta Ohio, baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers, KC Royals)
  • Oct 20 Ian Rush, Welsh footballer
  • Oct 20 Michie Tomizawa, Japanese voice actress
  • Oct 21 Mark Finch, film festival organiser
  • Oct 22 Barbara Potter, Ct, tennis player (changed shirt on Wimbledon Court)
  • Oct 22 Donna Wynd, 1k sprint cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Oct 22 Leonard Marshall, NFL defensive end (NY Giants, NY Jets)
  • Oct 22 Sanath Kaluperuma, cricketer (four Tests for Sri Lanka 1984-88)
  • Oct 22 Robert Torti, American actor
  • Oct 23 Laurie Halse Anderson, American writer
  • Oct 23 Don and Ron Harris, American professional wrestlers
  • Oct 23 Andoni Zubizarreta, Spanish footballer
  • Oct 24 Rafael Belliard, Pueblo Nuevo Dom Rep, infielder (Atlanta Braves)
  • Oct 24 Russell Swanson, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Oct 24 Susan Leigh Still, lt cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 83, 94), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Oct 24 Mary Bono, American politician
  • Oct 24 Dave Meltzer, American wrestling journalist
  • Oct 26 Mark Bucek, Winter Pak FL, Nike golfer (1994 Gary Player Tour)
  • Oct 26 Dylan McDermott, Waterbury, Connecticut, American actor (The Practice, American Horror Story)
  • Oct 27 Rick Gibson, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 CPGA), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Oct 29 Cornelia Oschkenat, German DR, hurdler (50m indoor)
  • Oct 29 Joel Otto, Elk River MN, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers, Team USA Oly-1998)
  • Oct 29 Randy Jackson, rocker (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Oct 30 Hans Segers, soccer goaltender (PSV, Nottingham Forest, Wimbledon)
  • Oct 30 Scott Garrelts, American baseball player
  • Oct 31 Alonzo Babers, 400m/4X400m relay (Olympic-gold-1984), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Oct 31 Christine Bridged, Australian European class sailor (Olympics-96)
  • Oct 31 Glenn "Doc" Rivers, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • Oct 31 Larry Mullen Jr, rock drummer (U2-I Will Follow), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Oct 31 Sterling Hinds, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-bronze-1984), born in Toronto, Ontario

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Oct 31 Peter Jackson, New Zealand film director (Lord of the Rings - Academy Award, Best Director, 2003), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
  • Oct 31 Kate Campbell, American musician
  • Nov 1 Anne Donovan, Ridgewood NJ, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • Nov 1 Kim Krizan, California, writer/actress (Slacker, Dazed & Confused)
  • Nov 1 Magne Furuholmen, keyboardist/vocalist (Aha-Take on Me), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Nov 1 Paul Jackson, cricketer (slow lefty bowler for Victoria & Queensland)
  • Nov 1 Louise Boije af Gennäs, Swedish writer and novelist
  • Nov 1 Calvin Johnson, American musician (Beat Happening, The Halo Benders, Dub Narcotic Sound System)
  • Nov 2 K.D. Lang [Kathy Dawn], Consort Alberta, Canadian country singer
  • Nov 3 David AC viscount Linley, son of English princess Margaret/mystic
  • Nov 3 Kari Michaelsen, actress (Katie-Gimme a Break), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 4 Carlos Espinosa, Mexico, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 Philippine Open)
  • Nov 4 Ralph Macchio, Huntington NY, actor (Karate Kid, 8 is Enough)

Famous Weddings

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Famous Deaths

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