February 1961 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 1st full-scale test of US Minuteman ICBM is successful
  • Feb 1 British minister Enoch Powell makes medical insurance more expensive
  • 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 9 Joseph Ileo appointed premier of Congo
  • Feb 10 Niagara Falls hydroelectric project begins producing power
  • Feb 11 Robert Weaver sworn in with then highest federal post by a black
  • Feb 12 USSR launches Venera 1 toward Venus
  • Feb 13 Soviet Union fires a rocket from Sputnik V to Venus
  • Feb 14 Element 103, Lawrencium, 1st produced in Berkeley Calif
  • 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 19 Albania disavows Chinese "Revisionism"
  • 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 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Daniel M Tani, Ridley Park MD, astronaut
  • Feb 4 Stewart O'Nan, American author
  • Feb 6 Yuri Ivanovich Onufriyenko, Russian major/cosmonaut (Mir, Soyuz TM-23)
  • Feb 10 George Stephanopoulos, presidential adviser (Clinton)
  • Feb 12 Jim Harris, Canadian politician
  • Feb 14 Phillip Hamilton, American author
  • Feb 20 Claudia Cummins, Clintwood Va, 4th of 5 siblings born on 2/20

Deaths in History

  • Feb 3 Viscount Dunrossil, Gov-Gen of Australia (1959-61), dies at 67
  • Feb 5 Anthony G de Rothschild, British philanthropist, dies at 73
  • Feb 9 Grigory Levenfish, Russian International chess grandmaster, dies at 70
  • Feb 11 Patrice Lumumba, 1st premier Congo, murdered at 34
  • Feb 20 Otto E Huiswoud, [Frank Billings], editor (Negro Worker), dies at 67
  • Feb 21 Blaise Cendrars, [Frederic Sauser-Hall], Switz, poet, dies at 73
  • Feb 21 Frederick McKinley Jones, American inventor (developments in refrigeration), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • Feb 22 George de Cuevas, Chilean-born ballet impresario and choreographer (Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas), dies at 75 or 76
  • Feb 26 Karl Albiker, German sculptor (Problem of the Plastic), dies at 83
  • Feb 26 Mohammed V, ibn Yusuf, sultan/King of Morocco, dies at 51