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Events in History in July 1961

  • Jul 1 Haleakala National Park forms in Hawaii
  • Jul 5 80 die in collisions in Algiers
  • Jul 6 Portuguese ship explodes near Mozambique, kills 300
  • Jul 7 James R Hoffa elected chairman of Teamsters
  • Jul 8 Fred Trueman takes 5-0 in 24 balls to rip through Aussies
  • Jul 8 Portuguese steamer "Save" breaks up off Mozambique, 227 die
  • Jul 11 Gene Kiniski beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • Jul 14 Finland's Miettunen government forms
  • Jul 15 Spain accepts equal rights for men and women
  • Jul 17 John Chancellor becomes news anchor of "Today Show"
  • Jul 18 Commissioner Ford Frick rules Babe Ruth's record of 60 HR in 154-game sched in 1927, must be broken in 1st 154 of 162 games
  • Jul 20 French military forces break the Tunisian siege of Bizerte
  • Jul 21 Launch of Mercury 4 (Liberty Bell) with Grissom
  • Jul 24 Beginning of a trend, a US commercial plane is hijacked to Cuba
  • Jul 24 Edwin Newman becomes news anchor of Today Show

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 25 In a speech John F. Kennedy emphasizes that any attack on Berlin is an attack on NATO

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Jul 29 Wallis and Futuna Islands become a French overseas territory
  • Jul 31 Israel welcomes its one millionth immigrant