Historical Events in February 1961

  • Feb 1 1st full-scale test of US Minuteman ICBM is successful
  • Feb 1 British minister Enoch Powell makes medical insurance more expensive
  • Feb 1 Mackay & Kline hang on for 100 mins for cricket draw vs West Indies
  • Feb 2 Prince Bernhard opens new RAI building in Amsterdam
  • Feb 3 6th largest snowfall in NYC history (17.4" (44.2cm))
  • Feb 4 Sputnik 7 launches into Earth orbit; probable Venus probe failure
  • Feb 6 "Jail, No Bail" Jail-in movement starts in Rock Hill SC
  • Feb 6 KOAP TV channel 10 in Portland, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting

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Feb 7 Jane Fonda made her acting debut in the NBC drama "A String of Beads"

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
  • Feb 9 Joseph Ileo appointed premier of Congo
  • Feb 10 AFL's LA Chargers move to San Diego
  • Feb 10 Niagara Falls hydroelectric project begins producing power
  • Feb 10 Walter Piston's 7th Symphony premieres
  • Feb 11 Robert Weaver sworn in with then highest federal post by a black

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Feb 12 Celtic Bill Russell grabs 40 rebounds to beat Warriors 136-125

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Feb 12 Mickey Wright wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • Feb 12 Mushtaq Mohammad scores 1st Test Cricket century at 17 yrs 82 days
  • Feb 12 USSR launches Venera 1 toward Venus

Music releaseMusic Recording

Feb 13 Frank Sinatra launches Reprise label under Warner Bros Records

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
  • Feb 13 Soviet Union fires a rocket from Sputnik V to Venus
  • Feb 14 Element 103, Lawrencium, 1st produced in Berkeley Calif
  • Feb 14 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Royal Poinciana Golf Invitational
  • Feb 15 Australia beat West Indies 2-1 in one of best Test Cricket series ever
  • Feb 15 Entire US figure skating team of 18, dies in Belgian Sabena 707 crash
  • Feb 16 1st all-solid-propellant rocket put in orbit, Wallops Island, Va
  • Feb 16 China uses its 1st nuclear reactor
  • Feb 16 US satellite Explorer 9 is launched
  • Feb 18 Henk van der Grift becomes world champion skater
  • Feb 19 Albania disavows Chinese "Revisionism"
  • Feb 19 Henk van der Grift (Neth) becomes world champ all-round skater
  • Feb 21 Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Die Physiker" premieres in Zurich
  • Feb 21 Gabon adopts constitution
  • Feb 21 Mercury-Atlas 2 reentry Test reaches 172 km
  • Feb 24 Explorer (10) fails to reach Earth orbit
  • Feb 25 Niagara ends St Bonaventura's 99-game home basketball win streak
  • Feb 25 Paul Bikle in glider climbs from 1208 m at release to record 14,10
  • Feb 26 3rd Daytona 500: Marvin Panch wins (149.601 MPH)
  • Feb 27 The first congress of the Spanish Trade Union Organisation is inaugurated.

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Feb 28 JFK names Henry Kissinger special advisor

Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger
35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy