1961 Calendar

January
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    
February
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728    
March
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 

April
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30      
May
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031   
June
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930 

July
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     
August
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  
September
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930

October
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    
November
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  
December
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      

What Happened In Year 1961?

  • January 3, 1961 – Finland’s worst civilian aviation accident takes place when Aero Flight 311 crashes near Kvevlax, resulting in the deaths of all 25 people aboard.
  • January 17, 1961 – Former Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba is murdered in circumstances suggesting the support and complicity of the governments of Belgium and the United States.
  • January 26, 1961 – John F. Kennedy appoints Janet G. Travell to be his physician. This is the first time a woman holds this appointment.
  • January 27, 1961 – Soviet submarine S-80 sinks with all hands lost.
  • January 31, 1961 – Project Mercury: Mercury-Redstone 2 – Ham the Chimp travels into outer space.
  • February 15, 1961 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Ox in Chinese astrology.
  • March 9, 1961 – Sputnik 9 successfully launches, carrying a human dummy nicknamed Ivan Ivanovich, and demonstrating that Soviet Union was ready to begin human spaceflight.
  • March 15, 1961 – South Africa withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • March 29, 1961 – The Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, allowing residents of Washington, D.C., to vote in presidential elections.
  • May 1, 1961 – The Prime Minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro, proclaims Cuba a socialist nation and abolishes elections.
  • May 4, 1961 – American civil rights movement: The “Freedom Riders” begin a bus trip through the South.
  • May 24, 1961 – American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for “disturbing the peace” after disembarking from their bus.
  • May 31, 1961 – The Union of South Africa becomes the Republic of South Africa.
  • September 5, 1961 – The first conference of the Non Aligned Countries is held in Belgrade.
  • September 10, 1961 – 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.
  • September 17, 1961 – The world’s first retractable-dome stadium, the Civic Arena, opens in Pittsburgh.
  • September 27, 1961 – Sierra Leone joins the United Nations.
  • December 14, 1961 – The United Republic of Tanzania joins the United Nations.
  • December 17, 1961 – Fire in the Gran Circus American in the city of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the biggest tragedy in circus history.

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