Events in History in August 1961

  • Aug 1 German DR limits traffic to West Berlin
  • Aug 1 New SF Hall of Justice opens
  • Aug 1 Whitney Young Jr named executive director of National Urban League
  • Aug 2 Cyrille Adula becomes premier of Congo
  • Aug 4 Spokane, Washington reaches August record 108°F
  • Aug 5 118°F (48°C), Ice Harbor Dam, Washington (state record)
  • Aug 6 Gherman S Titov, 2nd Russian in space aboard Vostok 2 (17 orbits)
  • Aug 6 1st case of motion sickness in space reported
  • Aug 7 Cosmonaut Gherman Titov circles Earth for a full day in Vostok 2

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Aug 7 Soviet premier Khrushchev predicts USSR economy will surpass US

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Aug 8 Verne Gagne beats Gene Kiniski in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • Aug 9 James Benton Parsons is 1st African American to be nominated to a US Federal District Court
  • Aug 10 UK applies for membership of the European Common Market
  • Aug 13 Construction of the Berlin Wall begins in East Germany
  • Aug 15 Keiyo Road is specified as the first driveway in Japan.
  • Aug 16 250,000 West Berliners demonstrate against East Berlin
  • Aug 16 Martin L King protests for black voting right in Miami
  • Aug 17 Kennedy administration establishes Alliance for Progress

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Aug 19 US vice-president Lyndon B. Johnson visits West Berlin

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Aug 20 East Germany begins erecting 5' high wall along the border with the west to replace the barbed wire put up Aug 13

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Aug 21 Kenyan political activist Jomo Kenyatta released from jail after 9 years. Imprisoned during 1952 Mau Mau rebellion with other nationalist leaders by British authorities

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta
  • Aug 22 Maris hits his 50th of 61 homers
  • Aug 23 Belgium sends troops to Rwanda-Urundi
  • Aug 23 East Germany imposed new curbs on travel between West & East Berlin
  • Aug 23 US lunar probe Ranger 1 reaches 190 km from Earth, falls back
  • Aug 24 Windward Islands' Airways International (Winair) forms
  • Aug 24 Former South African nazi leader Johannes Vorster becomes South Africa's minister of justice
  • Aug 25 Brazilian president Janio Quadros, resigns
  • Aug 26 Official International Hockey Hall of Fame opens in Toronto
  • Aug 27 Francis the Talking Mule is mystery guest on "What's My Line"
  • Aug 30 James Benton Parsons is confirmed as 1st African American judge of a US District Court
  • Aug 30 Last Spanish troops leave Morocco
  • Aug 30 USSR says it will resume nuclear testing
  • Aug 31 Amsterdam National Ballet forms