September 1961 in History

Events in History

  • Sep 1 1st conference of neutral countries held in Belgrade
  • Sep 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 1 The Eritrean War of Independence officially begins with the shooting of the Ethiopian police by Hamid Idris Awate
  • Sep 4 US authorizes Agency for International Development

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Sep 5 JFK begins underground nuclear testing

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Sep 5 US President JFK signs law against hijacking (death penalty)
  • Sep 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Kapustin Yar USSR
  • Sep 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 11 Hurricane Carla strikes Texas with winds of 175 mph
  • Sep 11 Foundation of the World Wildlife Fund.
  • Sep 12 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 34,840 m
  • Sep 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 13 "Car 54 Where are You?" premieres on TV
  • Sep 13 Battles between UN & Katanga troops in Congo
  • Sep 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 13 Unmanned Mercury-Atlas 4 launched into Earth orbit
  • Sep 14 Dmitri Shostakovitch becomes member of CP of USSR
  • Sep 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 16 CDU loses West German election
  • Sep 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

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Sep 17 Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days," premieres in NYC

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • Sep 17 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 19 Betty and Barney Hill claim that they saw a mysterious craft in the sky and that it tried to abduct them.
  • Sep 20 After 84 1/3 innings Bill Fischer gives up a base on balls
  • Sep 20 James Meredith refused access as a student in Mississippi
  • Sep 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 21 Antonio Abertondo swims English Channel both ways (44 miles)
  • Sep 21 Maiden flight of the CH-47 Chinook transportation helicopter.
  • Sep 22 Antonio Albertondo (Argentina) completes 1st "double" crossing swim of English Channel in 43 hrs 10 min at 42.
  • Sep 22 Jim Gentile's ties record of 5 grand slams in a year
  • Sep 27 Sandy Koufax sets NL strikeout season record at 269
  • Sep 27 Sierre Leone becomes 100th member of UN
  • Sep 28 Syria withdraws from United Arab Republic
  • Sep 28 USN Comdr Forrest S Petersen takes X-15 to 30,720 m
  • Sep 29 Mamum Kuzbari becomes premier of Syria
  • Sep 30 Bill for Boston Tea Party is paid by Mayor Snyder of Oregon who wrote a check for $196, the total cost of all tea lost

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 6 Simon Reeve, Australian journalist
  • Sep 8 Paul Zanetti, Australian political cartoonist
  • Sep 11 Philip Ardagh, British writer
  • Sep 13 Peter Roskam, Republican Congressman from Illinois
  • Sep 14 Antonia De Sancha, lover of British MP David Mellor, born in London, England
  • Sep 16 Alessandro Cecchi Paone, Italian entertainer
  • Sep 17 Pamela Ann Melroy, Major USAF/astronaut (sk:STS 92), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Sep 21 Michel R Vassallucci, French/Neth publisher (Arena)
  • Sep 22 Dr. Liam Fox, British Conservative politician
  • Sep 23 William C McCool, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 26 Will Self, English author
  • Sep 27 Irvine Welsh, Scottish writer
  • Sep 28 Anne White, Charleston WV, tennis (Wore spandex in '85 Wimbledon)
  • Sep 28 Quentin Kawananakoa, pretender to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii
  • Sep 29 Julia Gillard, Australian politician, 1st female Prime Minister (2010-2013), born in Barry, Wales

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 10 Nigerian novelist, critic and academic Chinua Achebe ("Things Fall Apart") marries Christie Okoli

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe
Novelist and Poet
Chinua Achebe

Deaths in History

  • Sep 1 Eero Saarinen, Finnish-American architect (Dulles Airport), dies at 51
  • Sep 1 William S Foster, chairman (US Communist Party, 1945-57), dies at 80
  • Sep 3 Robert E. Gross, American businessman (b. 1897)
  • Sep 7 Pieter S Gerbrandy, lawyer/premier to London 1940-5, dies at 76
  • Sep 12 Carl Hermann, German physicist (b. 1898)
  • Sep 16 Yme C Schuitmaker, potato farmer/dramatist, dies
  • Sep 17 Adnan Menderes, PM of Turkey (1950-60), dies at 62
  • Sep 18 Dag Hammarskjöld, Swedish public servant, 2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1953-61) and posthumous Nobel Peace Prize winner (1961), dies in an air crash over Congo at 56
  • Sep 19 Helen Kimble, fictional wife of Dr Richard Kimble (The Fugitive)
  • Sep 19 Pieter Tesch, mine engineer/geology (Pedestal of Netherlands), dies
  • Sep 21 Earle Dickson, inventor (band-aid), dies at 68
  • Sep 24 Sumner Welles, US diplomat (Good Neighbor Policy), dies at 68
  • Sep 27 Hilda Doolittle, US poetess (Bid Me to Live), dies at 75
  • Sep 29 Reinhard Herbig, German archaeologist, dies at 63
  • Sep 30 Onésime Gagnon, French Canadian politician, lieutenant-governor of Québec (b. 1888)