July 1961 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 Haleakala National Park forms in Hawaii
  • 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 6 Portuguese ship explodes near Mozambique, kills 300
  • 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 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

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Jul 14 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Mater et magistrate

  • Jul 15 Spain accepts equal rights for men & women
  • Jul 17 John Chancellor becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • 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 20 French military forces break the Tunisian siege of Bizerte.
  • Jul 21 Launch of Mercury 4 (Liberty Bell) with Grissom
  • Jul 24 Beginning of a trend, a US commercial plane is hijacked to Cuba
  • Jul 24 Edwin Newman becomes news anchor of Today Show

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Jul 25 In a speech John F. Kennedy emphasizes that any attack on Berlin is an attack on NATO.

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Jul 29 Wallis & Futuna Islands become a French overseas territory
  • Jul 31 Israel welcomes its 1,000,000th immigrant

Birthdays in History

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Jul 1 Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, born in Sandringham, England (d. 1997)

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • Jul 1 Kalpana Chawla, Karnal India, astronaut (STS 87)
  • Jul 4 Richard Allen Garriott, computer game designer (Origin), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jul 13 Tim Watson, Australian rules footballer
  • Jul 15 Scott Ritter, UN weapons inspector in Iraq
  • Jul 27 Daniel C Burbank, Lt cmdr USCG/astronaut, born in Manchester, Connecticut
  • Jul 28 Scott E Parazynski, Little Rock Ark, MD/astronaut (STS 66, 86, sk:95)

Deaths in History

  • Jul 1 Louis-Ferdinand Céline, French writer (b. 1894)

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Jul 2 Ernest Hemingway, American author and Nobel laureate, dies from suicide at 61

  • Jul 4 Franklyn Farnum, dies of cancer at 83
  • Jul 6 Cuno Amiet, Swiss painter, dies at 93
  • Jul 6 Enrique Larreta, [E Rodriguez Maza], Argentine diplomat and writer, dies at 86
  • Jul 6 Woodall Rodgers, American politician (b. 1890)
  • Jul 12 Mazo de la Roche, Canadian author (b. 1879)
  • Jul 15 John E. Brownlee, Canadian politician (b. 1884)
  • Jul 18 Kit Guard, dies of cancer at 67