Historical Events in December 1961

  • 1st The independent Republic of West Papua is proclaimed in modern-day Western New Guinea.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10th 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

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

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

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

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

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

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19th Indonesian President Sukarno proclaims general mobilization

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

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

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

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

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