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 2 Hawaii's, then all time low temperature, 14°F recorded atop Haleakale

Election of Interest

Jan 3 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. elected Chairman of US House Education and Labor Committee

  • Jan 3 An explosion at the Nuclear Reactor Testing Station in Idaho Falls kills three operators
  • Jan 3 US breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba
  • 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

Event of Interest

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 17 US President Dwight Eisenhower allegedly orders assassination of Congo's Patrice Lumumba
  • Jan 18 Zanzibar's Afro-Shirazi party wins 1 seat by a single vote & parliament by a single seat

JFK Inaugurated

Jan 20 Democrat John F. Kennedy, the youngest elected President of the United States, is administered his oath of office at his inauguration by Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren. Robert Frost recites "Gift Outright".

Event of Interest

Jan 20 Yugoslav ex-vice-president Milovan Djilas flees

  • Jan 21 Portuguese rebels seize cruise ship Santa Maria
  • Jan 23 Venezuela adopts constitution

Event of Interest

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

  • Jan 24 Lazard Brothers Ltd draw a check for $334,867,807.68
  • Jan 25 Military coup in El Salvador
  • Jan 26 1st woman personal physician to a US President - Janet G. Travell (to 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

Event of Interest

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

  • 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 3 Lynn Hill, American rock climber (IFSC Climbing World Cup gold 1990), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 7 Andrew Thomson, Australian politician, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 7 John Thune, American politician (Senator-R-Kentucky 2004-), 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 21 Kevin Cramer, American politician (Senator-R-North Dakota 2019-, Rep-R-2013-19), born in Rolette, North Dakota
  • 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, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Jan 31 Fatou Bensouda, Gambian lawyer & Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, born in Banjul, Gambia

Deaths in History

Erwin SchrödingerErwin Schrödinger (1887-1961)

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

  • 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 sociologist, feminist and pacifist (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - Nobel Peace Prize 1946), dies at 94
  • Jan 10 Dashiell Hammett, American detective writer (Thin Man, Maltese Falcon), dies at 66
  • Jan 24 Willem van Eysinga, Dutch jurist and diplomat (Paris Peace Conference), dies at 82
  • Jan 30 Maud Wagner, first known American tattoo artist and circus performer, dies at about 83