November 1961 in History

Events in History

  • 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 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 7 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • 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 up mestkar through Staphorst riding
  • 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 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 UN bans nuclear arms
  • Nov 16 United Kingdom limits immigration from Commonwealth countries

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 16 US President JFK decides to increase military aid to South Vietnam without committing US combat troops

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 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 26 For 2nd time in his career, St Louis' Jerry Norton has 4 interceptions
  • 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
  • Nov 29 Mercury-Atlas 5 carries a chimp (Enos) to orbit
  • Nov 30 USSR vetoes Kuwaits application for UN membership

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 1 Louise Boije af Gennäs, Swedish writer and novelist
  • Nov 3 David AC viscount Linley, son of English princess Margaret/mystic
  • Nov 5 Charles O Hobaugh, Bar Harbor ME, Capt USMC/astronaut
  • Nov 6 Kazuhiko Aoki, Japanese game creator
  • Nov 10 Rudolf Grimm, Austrian physics professor
  • Nov 10 John Walton, English darts player
  • Nov 13 Edwin "Rick" Bakker, Dutch author: Rick's Report, AIDS Diary
  • Nov 15 Ian Reid, Australian educator
  • Nov 17 Robert Stethem, U.S. Navy Seabee diver murdered by terrorists on TWA Flight 847 (d. 1985)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 17 Chanda Kochhar, Indian business woman (CEO of ICICI Bank), born in Jodhpur, India

Businesswoman and CEO of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar
Businesswoman and CEO of ICICI Bank
Chanda Kochhar
  • Nov 22 Randal L. Schwartz, American computer programmer
  • Nov 23 Keith Ablow, American psychiatrist and author
  • Nov 24 Carlos Carnero, Spanish member of parliament
  • Nov 24 Arundhati Roy, Indian activist and writer (The God of Small Things), born in Shillong, Meghalaya

Deaths in History

  • Nov 1 Alexander Cohen, Dutch anarchist/author, dies at 97
  • Nov 7 Antonius F "Anton" Coolen, author (Peelwerkers), dies at 64
  • Nov 13 Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Jr., American diplomat (b. 1897)
  • Nov 16 Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House for 17 years, dies at 79