Historical Events in September 1961

  • 1st 1st conference of neutral countries held in Belgrade
  • 1st USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1st The Eritrean War of Independence officially begins with the shooting of the Ethiopian police by Hamid Idris Awate
  • 4th Carol Burnette-Richard Hayes Show premieres on CBS radio
  • 4th US authorizes Agency for International Development

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5th JFK begins underground nuclear testing

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 5th President Kennedy signs law against hijacking (death penalty)
  • 5th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 6th USSR performs nuclear test at Kapustin Yar USSR
  • 9th Maria Beale Fletcher (NC), 19, crowned 34th Miss America 1962

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10th Mickey Mantle becomes 7th to hit HR # 400

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
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Mickey Mantle
  • 10th USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 10th Italian Grand Prix, a crash causes the death of German driver Wolfgang von Trips and 13 spectators hit by his Ferrari.

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10th 81st U.S. Men's National Championship: Roy Emerson beats Rod Laver (7-5, 6-3, 6-2)

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
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Roy Emerson
Tennis Player Rod Laver
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Rod Laver

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10th 75th U.S. Women's National Championship: Darlene Hard beats Ann Jones (6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
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Darlene Hard
  • 11th Foundation of the World Wildlife Fund.
  • 12th NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 34,840 m
  • 12th USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 13th "Car 54 Where are You?" premieres on TV
  • 13th Battles between UN & Katanga troops in Congo
  • 13th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 13th USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 13th Unmanned Mercury-Atlas 4 launched into Earth orbit
  • 14th Dmitri Shostakovitch becomes member of CP of USSR
  • 14th USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 15th 61st US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus
  • 15th Hurricane Carla strikes Texas with winds of 175 mph
  • 16th CDU loses West German election
  • 16th USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 16th WLKY TV channel 32 in Louisville, KY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 17th Minnesota Vikings' 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13)

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17th Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days," premieres in NYC

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • 17th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

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17th Fran Tarkenton plays his first NFL Game against the Chicago Bears, coming off the bench to lead the Vikings to a 37-13 victory, also becoming the only QB to throw four touchdown passes in his first career game

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
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Fran Tarkenton
  • 18th USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 19th Betty and Barney Hill claim that they saw a mysterious craft in the sky and that it tried to abduct them.
  • 20th After 84 1/3 innings Bill Fischer gives up a base on balls
  • 20th James Meredith refused access as a student in Mississippi
  • 20th USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

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20th Roger Maris hits home run # 59 & barely misses # 60 in game 154 of the season. Yanks clinch pennant #26

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
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Roger Maris
  • 21st Antonio Abertondo swims English Channel both ways (44 miles)
  • 21st Maiden flight of the CH-47 Chinook transportation helicopter.
  • 22nd Antonio Albertondo (Argentina) at 42, completes 1st "double" crossing swim of English Channel in 43 hrs 10 min
  • 22nd Jim Gentile's ties record of 5 grand slams in a year
  • 23rd 1st movie to become a TV series-How to Marry a Millionaire

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23rd Ernie Banks ends 717 consecutive-games-played streak

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
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Ernie Banks

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24th Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sacramento Valley Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
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Mickey Wright
  • 25th KTPS TV channel 62 in Tacoma, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 26th "From the Second City" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • 26th Roger Maris hits HR #60 off Jack Fisher, tying Babe Ruth's record
  • 27th Sandy Koufax sets NL strikeout season record at 269
  • 27th Sierre Leone becomes 100th member of UN
  • 28th "Doctor Kildare" debuts on NBC-TV
  • 28th "Hazel" starring Shirley Booth debuts on NBC-TV
  • 28th "Purlie Victorious", a farce by Ossie Davis, opens on Broadway
  • 28th Syria withdraws from United Arab Republic
  • 28th USN Comdr Forrest S Petersen takes X-15 to 30,720 m
  • 28th Walt Disney's movie "Grey Friars Bobby" premieres
  • 29th "Detectives" TV Crime Drama; moves to NBC-TV

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29th Bob Dylan's 1st recording session-backup harmonica for Caroline Hester

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
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Bob Dylan
  • 29th Mamum Kuzbari becomes premier of Syria
  • 30th Bill for Boston Tea Party is paid by Mayor Snyder of Oregon who wrote a check for $196, the total cost of all tea lost