Historical Events in April 1961

  • 3rd "Happiest Girl in the World" opens at Martin Beck NYC for 97 performances
  • 3rd Connie Mack Stadium in Phila is sold to J Schleifer Properties

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5th Barbra Streisand appears on "Jack Paar Show"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 5th Dutch governor Platteel installs New Guinea Council
  • 8th "Show Girl" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 100 performances
  • 8th British liner "Dara" explodes in Persian Gulf, kills 236

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10th 25th Masters Golf Tournament: Gary Player wins, shooting a 280

Golfer Gary Player
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Gary Player
  • 10th Adolf Eichmann tried as a war criminal in Israel
  • 10th Dutch foreign minister Luns talks to JFK about New Guinea
  • 10th New Wash Senators loses 1st regular-season game 4-3 to White Sox
  • 11th Trial of Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem

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11th Bob Dylan makes his 1st appearance at Folk City, Greenwich Village

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • 11th 15th NBA Championship: Bos Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 1
  • 11th Adolf Eichmann trial begins in Israel
  • 11th Austrian 4th & last government of Raab resigns
  • 11th Israel begins Adolf Eichmann WW II crimes trial

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12th 3rd Grammy Awards: Theme From a Summer Place, Ray Charles wins 4

Musician Ray Charles
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Ray Charles

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12th Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner

WW2 General Douglas MacArthur
WW2 General
Douglas MacArthur

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12th Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes 1st person to orbit Earth (Vostok 1)

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin
Cosmonaut
Yuri Gagarin
  • 13th "Carnival!" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 719 performances
  • 13th UN General Assembly condemns South-Africa's apartheid
  • 14th 1st live television broadcast from Soviet Union
  • 14th Cuban-American invasion army departs Nicaragua
  • 14th US element 103 (Lawrencium) discovered
  • 15th "Music Man" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1375 performances
  • 16th 15th Tony Awards: Becket & Bye Bye Birdie win

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16th Louise Suggs wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 16th Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
  • 17th 1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs in a doomed attempt to overthrow Castro

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17th 33rd Academy Awards - "Apartment" wins best film, Burt Lancaster & Elizabeth Taylor win best actor/actress

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17th Jimmy Stewart accepts an honorary Oscar on behalf of his friend Gary Cooper, who is too ill to attend

  • 18th CONCP is founded in Casablanca as a united front of African movements opposing Portuguese colonial rule.
  • 19th 65th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:39
  • 20th American Harold Graham makes 1st rocket belt flight
  • 21st Dirk Stikker chosen as secretary general of NATO
  • 21st French army revolts in Algeria
  • 21st USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 32,000 m
  • 22nd Uprising of French parachutist of Gen Salan/Challe in Algeria
  • 23rd "Tenderloin" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 216 performances
  • 23rd Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 23rd Algiers putsch by French generals.

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24th JFK accepts "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

Person-of-interestThe Sinking of the Vasa

24th 17th century Swedish warship Vasa, which sunk on her maiden voyage in 1628, is salvaged

  • 25th Belgium government of Gaston Eyskens falls over the Unitary Law
  • 25th "Young Abe Lincoln" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 27 performances
  • 25th France performs nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds Algeria
  • 25th Mercury/Atlas rocket lifted off with an electronic mannequin
  • 25th Premier Moise Tsjombe of Katanga arrested in Congo
  • 25th Robert Noyce patents integrated circuit
  • 25th Unmanned Mercury test explodes on launch pad
  • 26th French paratroopers' revolt suppressed in Algeria

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26th Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
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Roger Maris
  • 27th NASA launches Explorer 11 into Earth orbit to study gamma rays
  • 27th NFL officially recognizes Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
  • 27th Sierra Leone declares independence from UK
  • 28th Lt Col Gueorgui Mossolov takes E-66A to 34,714 m altitude
  • 28th Warren Spahn pitches 2nd no hitter at 41 beats SF Giants, 1-0
  • 29th ABC's "Wide World of Sports" debuts
  • 30th 1st shuttle flights between Washington, D.C., Boston & NYC begin (Eastern)

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30th Mickey Wright wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
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Mickey Wright

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30th Premier Fidel Castro of Cuba receives Lenin-Peace Prize

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

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30th SF Giant Willie Mays hits 4 HRs in a game

MLB Legend Willie Mays
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Willie Mays