March 1961 in History

Events in History


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Mar 1 US President JFK establishes the Peace Corp

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Mar 3 King Hassan II ascends to throne of Morocco
  • Mar 4 Paul-Henri Spaak resigns as sec-gen of NATO
  • Mar 6 1st London minicabs introduced
  • Mar 6 Dutch Queen Juliana celebrates 12½ year jubilee
  • Mar 6 Dutch guilder revalued 4.74%
  • Mar 8 Jean Kerr's "Mary, Mary" premieres in NYC

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Mar 8 US nuclear submarine Patrick Henry arrives at Scottish naval base of Holy Loch from SC in a record underseas journey of 66 days 22 hrs

American Revolutionary and Founding Father Patrick Henry
American Revolutionary and Founding Father
Patrick Henry
  • Mar 9 1st animal returned from space, dog named Blackie aboard Sputnik 9
  • Mar 9 Mine cave-in in Japan, kills 72
  • Mar 9 Sputnik 9 carries Chernushka (dog) into orbit
  • Mar 13 Elizabeth Gurley Finn (70) becomes President of US Communist Party
  • Mar 13 JFK sets up the Alliance for Progress
  • Mar 13 Landslide in USSR, kills 145
  • Mar 13 Old type, black & white notes cease to be legal tender
  • Mar 15 South Africa withdrews from British Commonwealth
  • Mar 17 NY DA arrests professional gamblers who implicate Seton Hall players
  • Mar 17 South Africa leaves British Commonwealth
  • Mar 18 Poppin' Fresh Pillsbury Dough Boy introduced
  • Mar 25 Explorer 10 launched into elongated Earth orbit (177/181,000 km)
  • Mar 25 Sputnik 10 carries a dog into Earth orbit; later recovered
  • Mar 27 Black demonstrators in Charleston staged ride-ins on street cars
  • Mar 27 Failed assassination attempt on King Saif al-Islam Achmad of Yemen
  • Mar 29 23rd Amendment to the US Constitution ratified, allowing Washington, D.C. residents to vote in presidential elections

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Mar 29 After a 4½ year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted of treason in Pretoria

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Mar 30 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 169,600' (51,690 m)
  • Mar 30 The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is signed at New York.
  • Mar 31 Aklilou Habtewold becomes 1st premier of Ethiopia

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 10 Laurel B Clark, Ames Iowa, Lt cmdr USN/astronaut
  • Mar 12 Joseph Facal, Quebec politician
  • Mar 14 Gary Dell'Abate, producer (Howard Stern Show)
  • Mar 14 Grigoriy Kornev, Russian speed walker (world record 5 km)
  • Mar 18 Mark Van Thillo, Wilrijk Belgium, co-capt (Biosphere 2)
  • Mar 21 Shawn Lane, American guitar virtuoso (d. 2003)
  • Mar 26 Leigh Bowery, designer
  • Mar 26 William Hague, Secretary of State for Wales

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 25 Playwright Samuel Beckett (54) weds Suzanne Dechevaux-Dumesnil on a secret civil ceremony in England

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett

Deaths in History

  • Mar 7 Englebert van Anderlecht, Belgian painter, dies at 42
  • Mar 7 Max Hymans, WW II resistance fighter/Head of Air France, dies at 60
  • Mar 14 Akiba Rubinstein, Polish chess player (opening theorist), dies at 78
  • Mar 16 Chen Geng, Chinese military leader (b. 1903)
  • Mar 17 Susanna Salter, 1st US female mayor/temperance leader, dies at 101
  • Mar 23 James Edward Murray, (Sen-D-Montana) (1935-61), dies
  • Mar 23 Valentin Vasilyevich Bondarenko, cosmonaut, dies in accident at 24
  • Mar 30 P J Melotte, discovered Jupiter's 8th satellite Pasiphae, dies
  • Mar 31 Seerp Anema, Dutch poet/writer (Modern Art & Degenerating), dies at 85