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1961 Yearly calendar

 
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EVENTS
1961-05-24  American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for "disturbing the peace" after disembarking from their bus.  
1961-05-24  Cyprus enters the Council of Europe.  
1961-11-01  50,000 women in 60 cities participate in the inaugural Women Strike for Peace (WSP) against nuclear proliferation.  
1961-05-25  Apollo program: U.S. President John F. Kennedy announces before a special joint session of the Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a "man on the Moon" before the end of the decade.  
1961-01-03  The SL-1, a government-run reactor near Idaho Falls, Idaho, leaks radiation, killing three workers.  
1961-04-20  Failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion of US-backed troops against Cuba.  
1961-08-13  The German Democratic Republic closes the border between the eastern and western sectors of Berlin, to thwart its inhabitants' attempts to escape to the West.  
1961-06-19  Kuwait declares independence from the United Kingdom.  
1961-11-29  Project Mercury: Mercury-Atlas 5 Mission – Enos, a chimpanzee, is launched into space. The spacecraft orbited the Earth twice and splashed-down off the coast of Puerto Rico.  
1961-12-01  The independent Republic of West Papua is proclaimed in modern-day Western New Guinea.  
1961-02-27  The first congress of the Spanish Trade Union Organisation is inaugurated.  
1961-06-17  The New Democratic Party of Canada is founded with the merger of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and the Canadian Labour Congress.  
1961-09-19  Betty and Barney Hill claim that they saw a mysterious craft in the sky and that it tried to abduct them.  
1961-09-27  Sierra Leone joins the United Nations.  
1961-06-23  Cold War: the Antarctic Treaty, which sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and bans military activity on the continent, comes into force after the opening date for signature set for the December 1, 1959.  
1961-07-25  In a speech John F. Kennedy emphasizes that any attack on Berlin is an attack on NATO.  
1961-05-28  Peter Benenson's article The Forgotten Prisoners is published in several internationally read newspapers. This will later be thought of as the founding of the human rights organization Amnesty International.  
1961-08-15  Conrad Schumann flees from East Germany while on duty guarding the construction of the Berlin Wall.  
1961-12-17  History of Goa: Operation Vijay – India seizes Goa from Portugal.  
1961-01-03  The United States severs diplomatic relations with Cuba.  
1961-09-01  The Eritrean War of Independence officially begins with the shooting of the Ethiopian police by Hamid Idris Awate.  
1961-02-16  The DuSable Museum of African American History is chartered.  
1961-02-12  U.S.S.R. launches Venera 1 towards Venus.  
1961-05-19  Venera program: Venera 1 becomes the first man-made object to fly-by another planet by passing Venus (the probe had lost contact with Earth a month earlier and did not send back any data).  
1961-09-30  Business Leader Tim Boissinot born to Anne and John Boissinot in Toronto Canada  
1961-09-10  Italian Grand Prix, a crash causes the death of German Formula One driver Wolfgang von Trips and 13 spectators who are hit by his Ferrari.  
1961-10-31  In the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin's body is removed from Lenin's Tomb.  
1961-01-08  In France a referendum supports Charles de Gaulle's policies in Algeria.  
1961-03-29  The Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, allowing residents of Washington, D.C., to vote in presidential elections.  
1961-12-09  The trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Israel ends with verdicts of guilty on 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people and membership of an outlawed organization.  
1961-05-04  American civil rights movement: The "Freedom Riders" begin a bus trip through the South.  
1961-07-12  Pune floods due to failure of the Khadakwasla and Panshet dams. Half of Pune is submerged, more than 100,000 families need to be relocated and the death tally exceeds 2,000.  
1961-01-26  John F. Kennedy appoints Janet G. Travell to be his physician. This is the first time a woman holds this appointment.  
1961-04-25  Robert Noyce is granted a patent for an integrated circuit.  
1961-05-21  American civil rights movement: Alabama Governor John Malcolm Patterson declares martial law in an attempt to restore order after race riots break out.  
1961-04-11  The trial of Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem.  
1961-08-28  Motown releases what would be its first #1 hit, "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes.  
1961-03-01  President of the United States John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps.  
1961-12-14  The United Republic of Tanzania joins the United Nations.  
1961-04-27  Sierra Leone is granted its independence from the United Kingdom, with Milton Margai as the first Prime Minister.  
1961-10-30  Nuclear testing: The Soviet Union detonates the hydrogen bomb Tsar Bomba over Novaya Zemlya; at 58 megatons of yield, it is still the largest explosive device ever detonated, nuclear or otherwise.  
1961-05-01  The Prime Minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro, proclaims Cuba a socialist nation and abolishes elections.  
1961-10-17  Scores of Algerian protesters (some claim up to 400) are massacred by the Paris police at the instigation of Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon, then chief of the Prefecture of Police.  
1961-03-30  The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is signed at New York.  
1961-04-18  CONCP is founded in Casablanca as a united front of African movements opposing Portuguese colonial rule.  
1961-04-19  The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba ends in success for the defenders.  
1961-10-27  Mauritania and Mongolia join the United Nations.  
1961-09-28  A military coup in Damascus effectively ends the United Arab Republic, the union between Egypt and Syria.  
1961-03-01  Uganda becomes self-governing and holds its first elections.  
1961-12-02  In a nationally broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declares that he is a Marxist-Leninist and that Cuba is going to adopt Communism.  
1961-08-15  Keiyo Road is specified as the first driveway in Japan.  
1961-03-15  South Africa withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations.  
1961-02-15  Sabena Flight 548 crashes in Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team, several coaches and family.  
1961-10-27  NASA launches the first Saturn I rocket in Mission Saturn-Apollo 1.  
1961-09-18  U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld dies in a plane crash while attempting to negotiate peace in the war-torn Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  
1961-02-14  Discovery of the chemical elements: Element 103, Lawrencium, is first synthesized at the University of California.  
1961-07-31  At Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, the first All-Star Game tie in major league baseball history occurs when the game is stopped in the 9th inning because of rain.  
1961-05-30  Long time Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo is assassinated in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  
1961-04-17  Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of CIA financed and trained Cuban refugees lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.  
1961-12-15  In Jerusalem, Adolph Eichmann is sentenced to death after being found guilty of 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people and membership of an outlawed organization.  
1961-03-03  Hassan II becomes King of Morocco.  
1961-09-15  Hurricane Carla strikes Texas with winds of 175 miles per hour.  
1961-01-31  Project Mercury: Mercury-Redstone 2 – Ham the Chimp travels into outer space.  
1961-09-21  Maiden flight of the CH-47 Chinook transportation helicopter.  
1961-10-30  Because of "violations of Lenin's precepts", it is decreed that Joseph Stalin's body be removed from its place of honour inside Lenin's tomb and buried near the Kremlin wall with a plain granite marker instead.  
1961-07-23  The Sandinista National Liberation Front is founded in Nicaragua.  
1961-09-05  The first conference of the Non Aligned Countries is held in Belgrade.  
1961-04-24  The 17th century Swedish ship Vasa is salvaged.  
1961-07-20  French military forces break the Tunisian siege of Bizerte.  
1961-05-09  Jim Gentile of the Baltimore Orioles becomes the first player in baseball history to hit grand slams in consecutive innings.  
1961-04-23  Algiers putsch by French generals.  
1961-07-21  Mercury program: Mercury-Redstone 4 Mission – Gus Grissom piloting Liberty Bell 7 becomes the second American to go into space (in a suborbital mission).  
1961-10-29  Syria exits from the United Arab Republic.  
1961-01-25  In Washington, D.C. John F. Kennedy delivers the first live presidential television news conference.  
1961-07-04  Walt Disney is one of the two main speakers on the Independence Day in The Rebuild Hills at Skørping in Denmark.  
1961-12-09  Tanganyika becomes independent from Britain.  
1961-11-18  United States President John F. Kennedy sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam.  
1961-01-17  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".  
1961-12-19  India annexes Daman and Diu, part of Portuguese India.  
1961-05-31  Republic of South Africa created.  
1961-12-18  Indonesia invades Netherlands New Guinea.  
1961-01-20  John F. Kennedy is inaugurated as the youngest elected and first Roman Catholic President of the U.S. His inaugural address is one of the most memorable of the 20th century.  
1961-01-24  1961 Goldsboro B-52 crash: A bomber carrying two H-bombs breaks up in mid-air over North Carolina. The uranium core of one weapon remains lost.  
1961-05-05  The Mercury program: Mercury-Redstone 3 – Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space, making a sub-orbital flight of 15 minutes.  
1961-05-14  American civil rights movement: The Freedom Riders bus is fire-bombed near Anniston, Alabama, and the civil rights protesters are beaten by an angry mob.  
1961-04-12  Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into outer space, in Vostok 3KA-2 (Vostok 1).  
1961-10-01  East and West Cameroon merge as Federal Republic of Cameroon.  
1961-02-16  Explorer program: Explorer 9 (S-56a) is launched.  



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