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 26, 1961 – John F. Kennedy appoints Janet G. Travell to be his physician. This is the first time a woman holds this appointment.
  • February 15, 1961 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Ox in Chinese astrology.
  • February 16, 1961 – Explorer program: Explorer 9 (S-56a) is launched.
  • February 26, 1961 – Hassan II becomes King of Morocco.
  • March 1, 1961 – President of the United States John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps.
  • April 25, 1961 – Robert Noyce is granted a patent for an integrated circuit.
  • May 14, 1961 – 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.
  • May 24, 1961 – Cyprus joins the Council of Europe.
  • May 31, 1961 – The Union of South Africa becomes the Republic of South Africa.
  • June 16, 1961 – Rudolf Nureyev defects from the Soviet Union.
  • July 20, 1961 – French military forces break the Tunisian siege of Bizerte.
  • July 21, 1961 – Mercury program: Mercury-Redstone 4 Mission – Gus Grissom piloting Liberty Bell 7 becomes the second American to go into space (in a suborbital mission).
  • August 13, 1961 – 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.
  • August 15, 1961 – Conrad Schumann flees from East Germany while on duty guarding the construction of the Berlin Wall.
  • September 11, 1961 – Foundation of the World Wildlife Fund.
  • September 28, 1961 – A military coup in Damascus effectively ends the United Arab Republic, the union between Egypt and Syria.
  • October 3, 1961 – The Dick Van Dyke Show premieres on CBS-TV in the United States.
  • October 17, 1961 – 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.
  • October 27, 1961 – NASA launches the first Saturn I rocket in Mission Saturn-Apollo 1.
  • December 31, 1961 – RTÉ Ireland’s state broadcaster launches its first national television service.

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