October 1961 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 A volcanco believed to be extinct erupts in Tristan da Cunha
  • Oct 1 East & West Cameroon merge as Federal Republic of Cameroon
  • Oct 1 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 5 China & Nepal sign treaty

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Oct 6 JFK advises Americans to build fallout shelters

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Oct 6 USSR performs nuclear tests at Kapustin Yar & Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 8 US Constellation crashes at Richmond Virginia, 74 die
  • Oct 8 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya, USSR
  • Oct 9 Tanganyika becomes independent within British Commonwealth
  • Oct 9 US members of communist party obliged to report themselves to police
  • Oct 9 Volcanic eruptions on Tristan de Cunha (South Atlantic)
  • Oct 10 Otis M Smith appointed to Michigan Supreme Court
  • Oct 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 11 USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 66,100m
  • Oct 11 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 17 22nd congress of CPSU opens in Moscow
  • Oct 17 Battle of Paris-police kill 210 Algerians
  • Oct 17 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 33,100 m

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Oct 17 NY Museum of Modern Art hangs Henri Matisse's "Le Bateau" upside-down It wasn't corrected until December 3rd

Impressionist Painter Henri Matisse
Impressionist Painter
Henri Matisse
  • Oct 18 Emergency crisis proclaimed in South Vietnam due to communist attack
  • Oct 21 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Oct 22 75,000 Flemings demand equal rights & Flemish language in Belgium
  • Oct 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 26 First test flight of Saturn launch vehicle
  • Oct 27 1st Saturn launch vehicle makes an unmanned flight test
  • Oct 27 Outer Mongolia & Mauritania become 102nd & 103rd members of UN
  • Oct 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya & Sary Shagan USSR
  • Oct 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 30 Soviet Union tests a 58 megaton hydrogen bomb named Tsar Bomba - most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated

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Oct 30 Soviet Party Congress unanimously approves a resolution removing Stalin's body from Lenin's tomb in Red Square

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • Oct 31 Hurricane Hattie kills 400 in British Honduras
  • Oct 31 Federal judge rules that lasw in Birmingham, Alabama, against integrated playing fields are illegal

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 1 Gary Ablett, Australian rules footballer
  • Oct 4 Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese author
  • Oct 5 Matthew Kauffman, American journalist and George Polk Award winner
  • Oct 7 Matthew Roloff, American reality star
  • Oct 10 Brian Lee Diemer, steeplechase (Olymp-bronze-1984), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Oct 14 Isaac Mizrahi American fashion designer
  • Oct 16 Marc Levy, French novelist
  • Oct 21 Mark Finch, film festival organiser
  • Oct 23 Laurie Halse Anderson, American writer
  • Oct 24 Susan Leigh Still, lt cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 83, 94), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Oct 24 Mary Bono, American politician
  • Oct 24 Dave Meltzer, American wrestling journalist
  • Oct 26 Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenyan Prime Minister (2013-) and son of Jomo Kenyatta, born in Nairobi, Kenya

Weddings in History

  • Oct 14 Howard Allen Frances (Anne) O'Brien (20) best-selling author (The Vampire Chronicles) marries poet and painter Stan Rice (21)

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 14 Author Anne Rice (20) weds poet/artist Stan Rice (18) in Denton, Texas

Author Anne Rice
Author
Anne Rice

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 14 Author Upton Sinclair (83) weds Mary Elizabeth Willis


Deaths in History

  • Oct 4 Max Weber, Polish/Russ/US painter, dies
  • Oct 4 Metropolitan Benjamin (Fedchenkov), Orthodox missionary and writer, Exarch of Russian Church in North America (b. 1880)
  • Oct 14 Paul Ramadier, French politician (b. 1888)
  • Oct 14 Harriet Shaw Weaver, English political activist (b. 1876)
  • Oct 19 Benjamin Merkelbach, architect/city builder of Amsterdam, dies at 60
  • Oct 25 Peter Jensen, co-inventer (loud speaker), dies at 75
  • Oct 26 Milan Stojadinović, Premier of Yugoslavia (1935-39), dies at 73
  • Oct 30 Luigi Einaudi, economist/1st president Italy, dies