August 1961 in History

Events in History

  • 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 Cyrille Adula becomes premier of Congo
  • Aug 4 Spokane, Washington reaches August record 108°F
  • Aug 5 118°F (48°C), Ice Harbor Dam, Washington (state record)
  • Aug 6 Gherman S Titov, 2nd Russian in space aboard Vostok 2 (17 orbits)
  • Aug 6 1st case of motion sickness in space reported
  • Aug 7 Cosmonaut Gherman Titov circles Earth for a full day in Vostok 2

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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 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 13 Construction of the Berlin Wall begins in East Germany
  • Aug 15 Keiyo Road is specified as the first driveway in Japan.
  • 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 East Germany begins erecting 5' high wall along the border with the west to replace the barbed wire put up Aug 13

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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 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
  • Aug 30 USSR says it will resume nuclear testing
  • Aug 31 Amsterdam National Ballet forms

Birthdays in History

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Aug 4 Barack Obama, 44th United States President (Democrat) and first African--American president, born in Honolulu, Hawaii

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Aug 6 Bruce Matthews, center/guard (Tennessee Oilers)
  • Aug 6 Carol Norman, Ardmore Oklahoma, bowler (LPBT Rookie of Year 1982)
  • Aug 8 Charmaine Crooks, Jamaica, Canadian 4X400m relayer (Oly-silver-1984)
  • Aug 9 John Key, New Zealand politician
  • Aug 11 Frederick W Sturckow, USMC capt/astronaut (sk: STS 88), born in La Mesa, California
  • Aug 13 Tom Perrotta, American novelist
  • Aug 15 Ed Gillespie, American White House counsel to George W. Bush
  • Aug 18 Bob Woodruff, American journalist, anchor
  • Aug 20 Greg Egan, Australian author
  • Aug 21 Stephen Hillenburg, American animator and cartoonist
  • Aug 24 Ingrid Berghmans, Belgian judoka
  • Aug 27 Tom Ford, American fashion designer

Deaths in History

  • Aug 2 Giovanni B Angioletti, Italian writer (I grandi ospiti), dies at 64
  • Aug 5 Sidney Holland, PM of New Zealand (1949-57), dies at 67
  • Aug 6 Jozef E Van Roey, Flemish cardinal/archbishop of Mechelen, dies at 87
  • Aug 8 Franc N D Buchman, US theology (Moral Rearms), dies at 83
  • Aug 9 Walter Bedell Smith, US general/WW II chief of staff, dies at 75
  • Aug 14 Clarke Ashton Smith, sci-fi author (Lost Worlds), dies at 68
  • Aug 14 Henri-Edouard-Prosper Breuil, priest/archaeologist, dies
  • Aug 16 Maulvi Abdul Haq, Father of Modern Urdu (b. 1870)
  • Aug 18 Learned Hand, Chief judge of US court of Appeals, dies at 89
  • Aug 18 Leonhard Frank, writer, dies at 78
  • Aug 20 Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Arctic explorer, dies at 82