Historical Events in 1961 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 600 of 673

  • Aug 16 250,000 West Berliners demonstrate against East Berlin
  • Aug 16 Martin L King protests for black voting right in Miami
  • Aug 17 Kennedy administration establishes Alliance for Progress

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Aug 19 US vice-president Lyndon B. Johnson visits West Berlin

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Aug 20 Phillies set then dubious record of 23 straight loses, beat Braves
  • Aug 20 East Germany begins erecting 5' high wall along the border with the west to replace the barbed wire put up Aug 13
  • Aug 20 22nd Venice Film Festival: "Last Year at Marienbad" directed by Alain Resnais wins Golden Lion

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Aug 21 Kenyan political activist Jomo Kenyatta released from jail after 9 years. Imprisoned during 1952 Mau Mau rebellion with other nationalist leaders by British authorities

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta
  • Aug 22 Maris hits his 50th of 61 homers
  • Aug 23 Belgium sends troops to Rwanda-Urundi
  • Aug 23 East Germany imposed new curbs on travel between West & East Berlin
  • Aug 23 US lunar probe Ranger 1 reaches 190 km from Earth, falls back
  • Aug 24 Windward Islands' Airways International (Winair) forms
  • Aug 24 Former South African nazi leader Johannes Vorster becomes South Africa's minister of justice
  • Aug 25 Brazilian president Janio Quadros, resigns
  • Aug 26 Official International Hockey Hall of Fame opens in Toronto
  • Aug 27 Francis the Talking Mule is mystery guest on "What's My Line"
  • Aug 27 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Spokane Women's Golf Open
  • Aug 30 1st Negro judge of a US District Court confirmed-JB Parsons
  • Aug 30 J B Parsons is 1st African American judge of a US District Court
  • Aug 30 Last Spanish troops leave Morocco

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 30 Oriole Jack Fisher walks 12 LA Angels in a 9 inning game

MLB Pitcher Jack Fisher
MLB Pitcher
Jack Fisher
  • Aug 30 USSR says it will resume nuclear testing
  • Aug 31 Amsterdam National Ballet forms
  • Sep 1 1st conference of neutral countries held in Belgrade
  • Sep 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 1 The Eritrean War of Independence officially begins with the shooting of the Ethiopian police by Hamid Idris Awate
  • Sep 4 Carol Burnette-Richard Hayes Show premieres on CBS radio
  • Sep 4 US authorizes Agency for International Development

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Sep 5 JFK begins underground nuclear testing

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

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

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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • Sep 11 Hurricane Carla strikes Texas with winds of 175 mph
  • Sep 11 Foundation of the World Wildlife Fund.
  • Sep 12 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 34,840 m
  • Sep 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 13 "Car 54 Where are You?" premieres on TV
  • Sep 13 Battles between UN & Katanga troops in Congo
  • Sep 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 13 Unmanned Mercury-Atlas 4 launched into Earth orbit
  • Sep 14 Dmitri Shostakovitch becomes member of CP of USSR
  • Sep 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Sep 15 61st US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus

  • Sep 16 CDU loses West German election
  • Sep 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 16 WLKY TV channel 32 in Louisville, KY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 17 Minnesota Vikings' 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13)

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

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

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Sep 17 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
Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • Sep 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 19 Betty and Barney Hill claim that they saw a mysterious craft in the sky and that it tried to abduct them.
  • Sep 20 After 84 1/3 innings Bill Fischer gives up a base on balls
  • Sep 20 James Meredith refused access as a student in Mississippi
  • Sep 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

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

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

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Sep 24 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sacramento Valley Golf Open
  • Sep 25 KTPS TV channel 62 in Tacoma, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 26 "From the Second City" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • Sep 26 Roger Maris hits HR #60 off Jack Fisher, tying Babe Ruth's record
  • Sep 27 Sandy Koufax sets NL strikeout season record at 269
  • Sep 27 Sierre Leone becomes 100th member of UN
  • Sep 28 "Doctor Kildare" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 28 "Hazel" starring Shirley Booth debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 28 "Purlie Victorious", a farce by Ossie Davis, opens on Broadway
  • Sep 28 Syria withdraws from United Arab Republic
  • Sep 28 USN Comdr Forrest S Petersen takes X-15 to 30,720 m
  • Sep 28 Walt Disney's movie "Grey Friars Bobby" premieres
  • Sep 29 "Detectives" TV Crime Drama; moves to NBC-TV

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

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Sep 29 Mamum Kuzbari becomes premier of Syria
  • Sep 30 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
  • Oct 1 A volcanco believed to be extinct erupts in Tristan da Cunha
  • Oct 1 East & West Cameroon merge as Federal Republic of Cameroon
  • Oct 1 KGIN TV channel 11 in Grand Island, NB (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Open
  • Oct 1 Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovitsch's 12nd Symphony
  • Oct 1 Roger Maris sets record of 61 HRs (off of Tracy Stallard)
  • Oct 1 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 1 WOLO TV channel 25 in Columbia, SC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 WYAH TV channel 27 in Portsmouth, VA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 2 "Ben Casey" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Oct 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 2 WETA TV channel 26 in Washington, D.C. (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 2 WHRO TV channel 15 in Hampton-Norfolk, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 3 "Dick Van Dyke Show" premieres on CBS-TV
  • Oct 3 TV sitcom "Mr Ed" premieres on CBS
  • Oct 3 "Sail Away" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 167 performances
  • Oct 3 KMED (now KTVL) TV channel 10 in Medford, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

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Oct 4 Whitey Ford's 3rd straight World Series shutout

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Oct 5 China & Nepal sign treaty
  • Oct 6 JFK advises Americans to build fallout shelters
  • Oct 6 USSR performs nuclear tests at Kapustin Yar & Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 7 "Bye Bye Birdie" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 607 performances
  • Oct 7 15th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Chicago 3-1 at Chicago
  • Oct 8 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Bill Brannin's Swing Parade Golf Tournament
  • Oct 8 US Constellation crashes at Richmond Virginia, 74 die
  • Oct 8 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya, USSR
  • Oct 8 12th Formula One WDC: Phil Hill wins by one point
  • Oct 9 NY Yankees beat Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 1 in 58th World Series
  • Oct 9 Tanganyika becomes independent within British Commonwealth
  • Oct 9 US members of communist party obliged to report themselves to police
  • Oct 9 Volcanic eruptions on Tristan de Cunha (South Atlantic)
  • Oct 9 Yank Whitey Ford breaks Ruth record of 29 2/3 consecutive inning
  • Oct 9 World Series scoreless pitching streak Yanks beat Reds 4 games to 1
  • Oct 10 "Milk & Honey" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 543 performances
  • Oct 10 Expansion draft to stock Houston Astros & NY Mets
  • Oct 10 Otis M Smith appointed to Michigan Supreme Court
  • Oct 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 11 USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 66,100m
  • Oct 11 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 12 "Let It Ride" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • Oct 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 14 "How to Succeed in Business" opens at 46th St NYC for 1415 performances
  • Oct 14 14th Ryder Cup: US wins, 14½-9½ at Royal Lytham & St Annes, England
  • Oct 17 22nd congress of CPSU opens in Moscow
  • Oct 17 Battle of Paris-police kill 210 Algerians
  • Oct 17 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 33,100 m

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Oct 17 NY Museum of Modern Art hangs Henri Matisse's "Le Bateau" upside-down It wasn't corrected until December 3rd

Impressionist Painter Henri Matisse
Impressionist Painter
Henri Matisse
  • Oct 18 Emergency crisis proclaimed in South Vietnam due to communist attack
  • Oct 18 "West Side Story", the film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, starring Natalie Wood, is released (Best Picture 1962)

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Oct 21 Barbra Streisand opens in "Another Evening with Harry Stones"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Oct 21 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Oct 22 75,000 Flemings demand equal rights & Flemish language in Belgium
  • Oct 22 Louise Suggs wins LPGA San Antonio Golf Civitan
  • Oct 23 "Kwamina" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 32 performances
  • Oct 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 24 "Evening with Yves Montand" opens at John Golden NYC for 55 performances
  • Oct 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 26 First test flight of Saturn launch vehicle
  • Oct 27 1st Saturn launch vehicle makes an unmanned flight test
  • Oct 27 American Basketball League starts play
  • Oct 27 Outer Mongolia & Mauritania become 102nd & 103rd members of UN
  • Oct 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya & Sary Shagan USSR
  • Oct 28 "Fiorello!" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 796 performances
  • Oct 28 Ground broken for Municipal (Shea) Stadium for NY Mets
  • Oct 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 29 13th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Ned Jarrett wins
  • Oct 30 Soviet Union tests a 58 megaton hydrogen bomb named Tsar Bomba - most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated

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Oct 30 Soviet Party Congress unanimously approves a resolution removing Stalin's body from Lenin's tomb in Red Square

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • Oct 31 Hurricane Hattie kills 400 in British Honduras
  • Oct 31 Federal judge rules that lasw in Birmingham, Alabama, against integrated playing fields are illegal
  • Nov 2 "Kean" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • Nov 2 Max Frisch's "Andorra" premieres in Zurich
  • Nov 3 UN General Assembly unanimously elects U Thant as acting Secretary-General after the death of Dag Hammarskjöld in a plane crash
  • Nov 4 Konstantinos Karamanlis becomes premier of Greece
  • Nov 5 India's premier Nehru arrives in NY
  • Nov 5 St Louis Cards Bill Stacy, returns 2 interceptions for TDs vs Dallas
  • Nov 6 US government issues a stamp honoring 100th birthday of James Naismith (invented game of basketball - actually Canadian)
  • Nov 7 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • Nov 8 Whitey Ford is voted Cy Young Award winner over Warren Spahn
  • Nov 9 PGA eliminates caucasians only rule
  • Nov 9 Paddy Chayefsky's "Gideon" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 9 USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 30,970m
  • Nov 9 The X-15 rocket plane achieved a world record speed of 4,093 mph (Mach 6.04) and reached 101,600 feet (30,970 m or over 19 miles) altitude
  • Nov 11 Adulterous couple ride a dung cart through Staphorst, Netherlands
  • Nov 11 Congolese soldiers murder 13 Italian UN pilots
  • Nov 11 Molotov, Malenkov & Kaganovitsj expelled from USSR's communist party
  • Nov 11 Stalingrad renamed Volgograd
  • Nov 11 "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller is published by Simon and Schuster in New York
  • Nov 13 WCBB TV channel 10 in Augusta, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 13 Vladimir Yefimovich Semichastny succeeds Aleksandr Nikolayevich Shelepin as head of the KGB.
  • Nov 15 Comet C/1961 T1 (Seki) approaches within 0.1019 AUs of Earth
  • Nov 15 Roger Maris is voted AL MVP
  • Nov 15 UN bans nuclear arms
  • Nov 16 United Kingdom limits immigration from Commonwealth countries
  • Nov 16 US President JFK decides to increase military aid to South Vietnam without committing US combat troops
  • Nov 18 "Gay Life" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 113 performances
  • Nov 18 "Kwamina" closes at 54th St Theater NYC after 32 performances
  • Nov 18 JFK sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam
  • Nov 18 US Ranger 2 launched to Moon; failed
  • Nov 19 Houston George Blanda passes for 7 touchdowns vs NY Titans (49-13)
  • Nov 20 WPLG TV channel 10 in Miami, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 22 Frank Robinson is 1st to win MVPs in both major leagues

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Nov 22 St Louis Hawk Bob Pettit sets NBA record, hitting 19 of 19 free throws

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit

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Nov 22 Producers Albert Broccoli & Harry Saltzman announce expensive publicity campaign to make Sean Connery (James Bond) a star

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Nov 25 NBA's Bob Cousy becomes 2nd player to score 15,000 points

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • Nov 26 For 2nd time in his career, St Louis' Jerry Norton has 4 interceptions
  • Nov 26 Pro Baseball Rules Committee votes 8-1 against legalizing the spitball

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Nov 27 Gordie Howe becomes 1st to play in 1,000 NHL games

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Nov 27 KHAW TV channel 11 in Hilo, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 28 General Meeting of UN debates New-Guinea
  • Nov 28 Martin Walser's "Der Abstecher" premieres in Munich
  • Nov 29 Freedom Riders attacked by white mob at bus station in Miss
  • Nov 29 John A McCone replaces Allen W Dulles as 6th director of CIA