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 31, 1961 – Project Mercury: Mercury-Redstone 2 – Ham the Chimp travels into outer space.
  • February 3, 1961 – A protest by agricultural workers in Baixa de Cassanje, Portuguese Angola, turns into a revolt, opening the Angolan War of Independence, the first of the Portuguese Colonial Wars.
  • February 14, 1961 – Discovery of the chemical elements: Element 103, Lawrencium, is first synthesized at the University of California.
  • February 15, 1961 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Ox in Chinese astrology.
  • March 1, 1961 – Uganda becomes self-governing and holds its first elections.
  • April 11, 1961 – The trial of Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem.
  • April 18, 1961 – CONCP is founded in Casablanca as a united front of African movements opposing Portuguese colonial rule.
  • May 4, 1961 – American civil rights movement: The “Freedom Riders” begin a bus trip through the South.
  • May 16, 1961 – Park Chung-hee leads a coup d'état to overthrow the Second Republic of South Korea.
  • 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.
  • June 16, 1961 – Rudolf Nureyev defects from the Soviet Union.
  • July 23, 1961 – The Sandinista National Liberation Front is founded in Nicaragua.
  • August 11, 1961 – The former Portuguese territories in India of Dadra and Nagar Haveli are merged to create the Union Territory Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
  • September 5, 1961 – The first conference of the Non Aligned Countries is held in Belgrade.
  • September 21, 1961 – Maiden flight of the CH-47 Chinook transportation helicopter.
  • October 30, 1961 – Nuclear testing: The Soviet Union detonates the hydrogen bomb Tsar Bomba over Novaya Zemlya; at 50 megatons of yield, it is still the largest explosive device ever detonated, nuclear or otherwise.
  • November 11, 1961 – thirteen Italian Air Force servicemen, deployed to the Congo as a part of the UN peacekeeping force are massacred by a mob in the course of the Kindu atrocity.
  • December 14, 1961 – The United Republic of Tanzania joins the United Nations.

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