Historical Events in 1961 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 674

  • Apr 25 France performs nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds Algeria
  • Apr 25 Mercury/Atlas rocket lifted off with an electronic mannequin
  • Apr 25 Premier Moise Tsjombe of Katanga arrested in Congo
  • Apr 25 Robert Noyce patents integrated circuit
  • Apr 25 Unmanned Mercury test explodes on launch pad
  • Apr 26 French paratroopers' revolt suppressed in Algeria

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

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

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

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Pulitzer prize awarded to Harper Lee for her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Author Harper Lee
Harper Lee
  • May 1 Tanganyika granted full internal self-government by Britain
  • May 3 Warren Spahn pitches a 2 hitter after pitching a no hitter
  • May 4 1st on-the-road Spacemobile lecture given.
  • May 4 CORE begins freedom rides from Washington, D.C.
  • May 4 Malcolm Ross & Victor Prather reach 34,668 m (record) in balloon
  • May 4 South-Africa ANC-leader John Nkadimeng arrested
  • May 5 Alan Shepard becomes 1st American in space (aboard Freedom 7)
  • May 6 87th Kentucky Derby: John Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 2:04
  • May 6 Omer Vanaudenhove chosen chairman of Belgium Liberal Party
  • May 7 "Young Abe Lincoln" closes at Eugene O'Neill NYC after 27 performances
  • May 7 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • May 8 1st practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport, Texas
  • May 8 Alan Shepard receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Washington
  • May 9 Balt Oriole Jim Gentile hits 2 grand slams (9 RBIs) vs Minnesota Twins
  • May 9 FCC Chairman Newton N Minow criticizes TV as a "vast wasteland"
  • May 9 Jim Gentile is 4th to hit grand slams in consecutive innings
  • May 10 "Beyond the Fringe" premieres in London
  • May 12 Mikhail Botvinnik wins world chess championship for 3rd time
  • May 14 Bus with 1st group of Freedom Riders bombed & burned in Alabama
  • May 14 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Columbus Golf Open
  • May 14 Stirling Moss wins the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix
  • May 15 "Bonanza" by Al Caiola Orchestra hits #19
  • May 15 36 Unification church couples wed in Korea

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May 15 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Mater et Magistra

  • May 16 13th Emmy Awards: Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr & Barbara Stanwyck win
  • May 17 Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers
  • May 18 "Donnybrook!" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • May 18 14th Cannes Film Festival: "The Long Absence" directed by Henri Colpi and "Viridiana" directed by Luis Bunuel jointly awarded the Palme d'Or
  • May 19 New pier opens in Scheveningen
  • May 20 86th Preakness: Johnny Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 1:57.6
  • May 20 Henzes opera "Elegy for Young Lovers," premieres in Schwetzingen
  • May 20 Mauritania adopts constitution
  • May 20 White mob attacks "Freedom Riders" in Montgomery, Alabama
  • May 21 Governor Patterson declares martial law in Montgomery
  • May 22 "Mother-In-Law" by Ernie K-Doe hits #1
  • May 22 "Touchables In Brooklyn" by Dickie Goodman hits #42
  • May 22 1st revolving restaurant (Top Of The Needle in Seattle) opens
  • May 24 27 Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, Mississippi
  • May 24 NASA Explorer Ionosphere research mission fails to reach Earth orbit
  • May 24 Cyprus joins the Council of Europe.

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May 25 JFK announces US goal of putting a man on Moon before the end of decade

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • May 25 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 32,770 m
  • May 26 Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee establishes in Atlanta
  • May 26 USAF bomber flies Atlantic in a record of just over 3 hours
  • May 27 1st black light is sold
  • May 27 Fiorentina of Italy win 1st European Cup Winner's Cup against Glasgow Rangers 4-2 in Florence (2nd leg)
  • May 27 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' ½"
  • May 27 60th Men's French Championships: Manuel Santana beats Nicola Pietrangeli (4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2)
  • May 27 60th Women's French Championships: Ann Haydon beats Yola Ramirez (6-2, 6-1)
  • May 28 Amnesty Intl founded (Nobel Peace Prize 1977)
  • May 28 Last trip (Paris to Bucharest) on Orient Express (after 78 years)
  • May 28 Record 27 HRs hit in 7 AL games
  • May 30 Dutch DC-8 crashes after takeoff at Lisbon, 62 die
  • May 30 Maris hits his 10th & 11th of 61 HRs
  • May 30 Long time Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo is assassinated in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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May 30 Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt wins in 3:35:37.540 (223.908 km/h)

Racing Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • May 31 Arthur Michael Ramsey appointed the 100th Archbishop of Canterbury
  • May 31 Chuck Berry's amusement park, Berryland in St Louis, opens

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May 31 JFK visits Charles de Gaulle in Paris

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • May 31 Judge Irving Kaufman orders Board of Ed of New Rochelle, to integrate
  • May 31 Union of South Africa becomes a republic, leaves Commonwealth
  • May 31 6th European Cup: Benfica beats Barcelona 3-2 at Bern
  • Jun 1 FM multiplex stereo broadcasting 1st heard
  • Jun 3 "Wildcat" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 172 performances
  • Jun 3 93rd Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Sherluck wins in 2:29.2
  • Jun 3 JFK & Khrushchev meet in Vienna
  • Jun 4 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Jun 8 Test Cricket debut of William Morris Lawry, v England at Edgbaston, 57

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 8 Milwaukee sets record of 4 consecutive HRs (Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock & Frank Thomas)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Jun 9 Ryne Duren sets AL record with 7 straight strikeouts against Red Sox
  • Jun 11 "Winston Churchill" last airs on ABC-TV
  • Jun 11 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • Jun 11 Norm Cash becomes 1st Det Tiger to hit a ball out of Tiger Stadium
  • Jun 11 Roger Maris hits 19th & 20th of 61 HRs
  • Jun 12 An ailing Bill Veeck sells his interest in White Sox to Arthur Allyn
  • Jun 12 Dutch Lockheed Electricity "Sirius" accident at Cairo, kills 20
  • Jun 13 "Billy Barnes People" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Jun 14 106°F, hottest temperature in SF
  • Jun 15 Expansion Wash Senators are 30-30, latest date an expansion team will be at .500, Washington will lose their next 10 games
  • Jun 16 Dave Garroway is fired as Today Show host
  • Jun 16 Discoverer 25 launched
  • Jun 16 Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West at Le Bourget Airport in Paris
  • Jun 17 "Billy Barnes People" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Jun 17 61st US Golf Open: Gene Littler shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich
  • Jun 18 CBS radio cancels Gunsmoke
  • Jun 18 KBMT TV channel 12 in Beaumont, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 18 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
  • Jun 19 "Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)" by Coasters peaks at #23
  • Jun 19 Charlie Finley, changes A's manager Joe Gordon (26-33) for Hank Bauer
  • Jun 19 Kuwait declares independence from UK
  • Jun 19 NY Yankee Roger Maris hits his 25th of 61 HRs
  • Jun 19 US Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland's constitution requiring state office holders to believe in God
  • Jun 22 Moise Tsjombe freed from prison in Congo
  • Jun 22 Beatles record Aint She Sweet, Cry for a Shadow, When the Saints Go Marching In, Why, Nobody's Child & My Bonnie, in Hamburg
  • Jun 23 The Antarctic Treaty, ensuring that Antarctica is used for peaceful purposes; for international cooperation in scientific research; and does not become the scene or object of international discord, comes into force

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 23 Cubs Ernie Banks ends his 717 consecutive-games-played streak

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Jun 23 Phillies overcome 9-0, losing 11-2 they score 4 in 8th & 6 in 9th
  • Jun 23 USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to an altitude of 32,830 m
  • Jun 23 11th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Night" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 24 "Happiest Girl in the World" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 97 performances
  • Jun 24 Beatles record "If You Love Me Baby"
  • Jun 24 Iraq demands dominion over Kuwait
  • Jun 25 Balt & California use a record 16 pitchers in a game (8 each) in 14 inns
  • Jun 25 Iraq announces that Kuwait is a part of Iraq (Kuwait disagrees)
  • Jun 27 Ghana imposes a total ban on exports to South Africa and South West Africa
  • Jun 28 Phils & SF set then record longest night game (5h11m) 7-7 15 inn tie
  • Jun 29 Launch of Transit 4a, with 1st nuclear power supply (SNAP-3)
  • Jun 29 Willie Mays is 4th major leaguer with 3 or more HRs twice in a season
  • Jun 29 The International Labour Organisation (ILO) calls for South Africa's withdrawal at the Geneva Conference in protest of the racial policies of the South African government
  • Jun 30 Buddy Rogers beats Pat O'Conner in Chicago, to become NWA champ
  • Jun 30 NASA Explorer Micrometeoroid research mission fails to reach Earth orbit

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 1 16th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Jul 1 Haleakala National Park forms in Hawaii
  • Jul 1 KNDU TV channel 25 in Richland-Pasco-Kennew, WA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 2 Maris hits 29th & 30th en route to 61 homers
  • Jul 4 Walt Disney is one of the two main speakers on the Independence Day in The Rebuild Hills at Skørping in Denmark
  • Jul 5 80 die in collisions in Algiers
  • Jul 5 KUSD TV channel 2 in Vermillion, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 5 St Louis Cardinal Bill White hits 3 HRs & a double
  • Jul 6 Portuguese ship explodes near Mozambique, kills 300

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 7 75th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats Chuck McKinley (63 61 64)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Chuck McKinley
  • Jul 7 James R Hoffa elected chairman of Teamsters
  • Jul 8 Fred Trueman takes 5-0 in 24 balls to rip through Aussies
  • Jul 8 Portuguese steamer "Save" breaks up off Mozambique, 227 die
  • Jul 11 30th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 in 10 at Candlestick Pk, SF
  • Jul 11 Gene Kiniski beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • Jul 14 Astro's Eddie Matthews hits HR #500
  • Jul 14 Finland's Miettunen government forms
  • Jul 14 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Mater et magistrate
  • Jul 15 "Donnybrook!" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 68 performances

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 15 90th British Golf Open: Arnold Palmer shoots a 284 at Royal Birkdale

  • Jul 15 Spain accepts equal rights for men & women
  • Jul 16 Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Tippecanoe Golf Open
  • Jul 16 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 2"
  • Jul 16 48th Tour de France won by Jacques Anquetil of France
  • Jul 17 John Chancellor becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • Jul 17 Roger Maris loses a HR (of his 61) due to a rain-out in 5th
  • Jul 18 Commissioner Ford Frick rules Babe Ruth's record of 60 HR in 154-game sched in 1927, must be broken in 1st 154 of 162 games
  • Jul 19 1st in-flight movie shown (TWA)
  • Jul 20 French military forces break the Tunisian siege of Bizerte.
  • Jul 21 Launch of Mercury 4 (Liberty Bell) with Grissom
  • Jul 22 WBNB TV channel 10 in Charlotte Amaile, VI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 23 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Golf Open
  • Jul 23 Bricusse & Newley's musical "Stop the world I want to ..." premieres
  • Jul 24 Beginning of a trend, a US commercial plane is hijacked to Cuba
  • Jul 24 Edwin Newman becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • Jul 24 Roger Maris hits 4 home runs, in a doubleheader
  • Jul 25 Roger Maris hits home runs 37, 38, 39 & 40 in a doubleheader
  • Jul 25 In a speech John F. Kennedy emphasizes that any attack on Berlin is an attack on NATO.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 29 Bob Dylan injured in car accident

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • Jul 29 Phillies lose 1st of 23 straight games
  • Jul 29 Wallis & Futuna Islands become a French overseas territory
  • Jul 30 43rd PGA Championship: Jerry Barber shoots a 277 at Olympia Fields IL
  • Jul 30 Judy Kimball wins LPGA American Women's Golf Open
  • Jul 31 31st All Star Baseball Game: 1-1 tie ends by rain at Fenway, Boston
  • Jul 31 Israel welcomes its 1,000,000th immigrant

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 1 Cricketer Richie Benaud rips through England team for Aussie win at Old Trafford

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • Aug 1 German DR limits traffic to West Berlin
  • Aug 1 New SF Hall of Justice opens
  • Aug 1 Whitney Young Jr named executive director of National Urban League
  • Aug 2 Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club
  • Aug 2 Cyrille Adula becomes premier of Congo
  • Aug 2 St Louis Cards (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 36-7 in Toronto
  • Aug 4 Spokane, Washington reaches August record 108°F
  • Aug 4 28th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 28, All-Stars 14 (66,000)
  • Aug 5 118°F (48°C), Ice Harbor Dam, Washington (state record)
  • Aug 5 Chicago Bears (NFL) beat Mont Alouettes (CFL) 34-16 in Montreal
  • Aug 6 Gherman S Titov, 2nd Russian in space aboard Vostok 2 (17 orbits)
  • Aug 6 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
  • Aug 6 1st case of motion sickness in space reported
  • Aug 7 Cosmonaut Gherman Titov circles Earth for a full day in Vostok 2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 7 Soviet premier Khrushchev predicts USSR economy will surpass US

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Aug 8 Ham Tigercats (CFL) beat Buff Bills (NFL) 38-21 in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Aug 8 Verne Gagne beats Gene Kiniski in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • Aug 9 James B Parsons is 1st black appointed to Federal District Court
  • Aug 10 UK applies for membership of the European Common Market
  • Aug 11 Warren Spahn records victory #300, beats Cubs 2-1
  • Aug 13 Construction of the Berlin Wall begins in East Germany
  • Aug 13 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open
  • Aug 14 Philadelphia Phillies lose 17th straight game