On This Day

January 1961 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Largest check issued, National Bank of Chicago to Sears ($960.242 billion)
  • Jan 1 Russia introduces a new ruble worth $1.11
  • Jan 1 1st AFL Championship, Jeppesen Stadium, Houston; Houston Oilers beat Los Angeles Chargers, 24-16; QB George Blanda 3 TD passes, 3 conversions and a field goal
  • Jan 2 Hawaii's, then all time low temperature, 14°F recorded atop Haleakale
  • Jan 3 Adam Clayton Powell elected Chairman of US House Education & Labor Committee
  • Jan 3 US breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba
  • Jan 3 An explosion at the Nuclear Reactor Testing Station in Idaho Falls kills three operators
  • Jan 4 Longest recorded strike ends as the Danish barbers' assistants end a 33 year strike
  • Jan 7 Trucial States (now UAE) issue their 1st postage stamps
  • Jan 8 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Yvor Winters
  • Jan 8 The French vote for Algerian independence from French rule in the wake of seven years of guerrilla war
  • Jan 9 Twins agree on $500,000 payment to AA for Minn/St Paul territory
  • Jan 11 Racial riot at University of Georgia
  • Jan 12 UN genocide pact goes into effect
  • Jan 16 Russian espionage ring detected in Great Britain

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Jan 17 Eisenhower allegedly orders assassination of Congo's Patrice Lumumba

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • Jan 17 President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the "military-industrial complex".
  • Jan 18 Zanzibar's Afro-Shirazi party wins 1 seat by a single vote & parliament by a single seat
  • Jan 19 1st episode of "Dick Van Dyke Show" is filmed
  • Jan 20 Francis Poulenc's "Gloria" premieres in Boston

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Jan 20 Robert Frost recites "Gift Outright" at JFK's inauguration

Poet Robert Frost
Poet
Robert Frost
35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Jan 20 Yugoslav ex-vice-president Milovan Djilas flees
  • Jan 20 The Democrat J.F. Kennedy is inaugurated as President of the United States, the youngest ever sworn in
  • Jan 21 Portuguese rebels seize cruise ship Santa Maria
  • Jan 23 Venezuela adopts constitution

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Jan 24 Edward Albee's "American Dream" premieres in NYC

Playwright Edward Albee
Playwright
Edward Albee
  • Jan 24 Lazard Brothers Ltd draw a check for $334,867,807.68
  • Jan 25 Military coup in El Salvador

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Jan 26 1st woman personal physician to a US President - Janet G. Travell (to John F. Kennedy)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Jan 28 Republic of Rwanda proclaimed
  • Jan 29 US female Figure Skating championship won by Laurence Owen
  • Jan 29 US male Figure Skating championship won by Bradley Lord
  • Jan 30 JFK asks for an Alliance for Progress & Peace Corps
  • Jan 30 Lance Gibbs takes hat-trick (Mackay, Grout, Misson) at Adelaide

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Jan 31 David Ben-Gurion resigns as Prime Minister of Israel

1st Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion
1st Prime Minister of Israel
David Ben-Gurion
  • Jan 31 Ham the chimpanzee is 1st primate in space (158 miles) aboard Mercury/Redstone 2
  • Jan 31 Houston voters approve bond to finance luxury domed stadium
  • Jan 31 Kanhai completes twin tons (117 & 115) v Aust at Adelaide
  • Jan 31 NATO secretary-general Paul-Henri Spaak says he'll resign
  • Jan 31 USAF launches Samos spy satellite to replace U-2 flights

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 7 Andrew Thomson, Australian politician, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 7 John Thune, American politician, born in Pierre, South Dakota
  • Jan 8 Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese creator of Yu-Gi-Oh, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 11 Jasper Fforde, British author
  • Jan 14 Robert Edwin Hall, New Zealand mountaineer & businessman, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1996)
  • Jan 23 Mas Selamat bin Kastari, Singapore's most-wanted terror fugitive, born in Kendal Regency, Indonesia
  • Jan 24 Krasimir Mikhailov Stoyanov, Soviet cosmonaut, born in Varna, Bulgaria
  • Jan 24 Vince Russo, American writer, born in Long Island, New York
  • Jan 25 Vivian Balakrishnan, Singaporean politician, born in Singapore
  • Jan 27 Narciso Rodriguez, American fashion designer
  • Jan 31 Fatou Bensouda, Gambian lawyer & Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, born in Banjul, Gambia

Deaths in History


Person of interestErwin Schrödinger

Jan 4 Erwin Schrodinger, Austrian physicist and Nobel Laureate (wave mechanics), dies at 73

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Erwin Schrödinger
  • Jan 6 Regina Ullmann, Swiss poet and writer, dies at 76
  • Jan 7 Clarice Baright, 1st woman admitted to American Bar Association, dies at 74
  • Jan 9 Emily Greene Balch, American writer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (b. 1867)
  • Jan 10 Dashiell Hammett, American detective writer (Thin Man, Maltese Falcon), dies at 66
  • Jan 24 Willem J M van Eysinga, people rights scholar, dies at 82
  • Jan 30 Maud Wagner, first known American tattoo artist and circus performer, dies at about 83