What Happened on May 1, 1961

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • 1st US airplane hijacked to Cuba

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Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

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Pulitzer prize awarded to Harper Lee for her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Author Harper Lee
Author
Harper Lee
  • Tanganyika granted full internal self-government by Britain

Famous Birthdays

  • Charlie O'Brien, American MLB catcher (pioneered hockey style catcher's mask), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Marilyn Milian, current judge on The People's Court
  • Steven Cauthen, American Hall of Fame jockey (1978 Triple Crown-Affirmed, The Derby 1985, 1987), born in Covington, Kentucky