1961 in History – What happened in year 1961


In history, year 1961 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1961.

Know what happened in 1961:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
10 September At the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, German driver Wolfgang vonTrips's vehicle collided with another, causing it to become airborne andcrash into a side barrier, killing him and 15 spectators.
15 DecemberFormer Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death afterbeing found guilty on fifteen criminal charges, including war crimes andcrimes against humanity.
16 MayThe Military Revolution Committee, led by Park Chung-hee,carried out a bloodless coup against the government of Yun Bo-seon,ending the Second Republic of South Korea.
20 OctoberThe Soviet Union performed the first armed test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, launching an R-13 (monument pictured) from aGolf class submarine.
24 January A Boeing B-52 Stratofortress carrying two Mark 39 nuclear weapons broke up in mid-air near Goldsboro, North Carolina; one bomb was recovered intact, the other disintegrated.
31 January Aboard NASA's Mercury-Redstone 2, Ham the Chimp became the first hominid launched into outer space.
01 OctoberDespite strong resistance from the U.S. Armed Forces, theDefense Intelligence Agency (seal pictured) was formed, becoming thecountry's main global military espionage organization.
02 OctoberDespite strong resistance from the U.S. Armed Forces, theDefense Intelligence Agency (seal pictured) was formed, becoming thecountry's main global military espionage organization.
18 SeptemberEn route to negotiate a ceasefire between Katanga troops andUnited Nations forces, the plane carrying UN Secretary-General DagHammarskjöld crashed under mysterious circumstances near Ndola inNorthern Rhodesia, killing him and 15 others on board.
05 MayProject Mercury-Aboard the American spacecraft Freedom 7, AlanShepard made a sub-orbital flight, becoming the second person to travelinto outer space.
25 MayDuring a speech to a joint session of the United StatesCongress, U.S. President John F. Kennedy announced his support for theApollo space program (insignia pictured), with 'the goal, before thisdecade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely tothe Earth'.
12 AprilAboard Vostok 3KA-3, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became thefirst man to enter outer space, completing one orbit in a time of 108minutes.
17 AprilArmed Cuban exiles backed by the CIA invaded Cuba, landing inthe Bay of Pigs, with the aim of overthrowing the Cuban government underFidel Castro.
23 AprilIn the midst of the Algerian War, French President Charles deGaulle delivered a televised speech calling on military personnel andcivilians to oppose a coup d'état attempt against him.
13 FebruaryAmerican geode prospectors discovered what they claimed was a500,000-year-old rock with a spark plug encased inside it.
16 FebruaryThe DuSable Museum, the first museum dedicated to the study andconservation of African American history, culture, and art, waschartered.
03 JanuaryTwenty-five people died in Finland's worst civilian airaccident when Aero Flight 311 crashed near Kvevlax.
17 JanuaryFormer Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba was murdered incircumstances suggesting the support and complicity of the governmentsof Belgium and the United States.
03 AprilAn individual Leadbeater's possum, thought to have been extinctfor over 50 years, was discovered in New South Wales, Australia.
10 SeptemberAt the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, German driver Wolfgang vonTrips's vehicle collided with another, causing it to become airborne andcrash into a side barrier, killing him and 15 spectators.
12 AprilAboard Vostok 3KA-3, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became thefirst man to enter outer space, completing one orbit in a time of 108minutes.
14 February Lawrencium, the metallic radioactive synthetic element withatomic number 103, was first made at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratoryon the campus of the University of California, Berkeley.
15 DecemberFormer Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death after being found guilty on fifteen criminal charges, including war crimes and crimes against humanity.
16 SeptemberThe United States' National Hurricane Research Project soughtto weaken Hurricane Esther by seeding it with silver iodide, leading tothe establishment of Project Stormfury.
16 MayThe Military Revolution Committee, led by Park Chung-hee,carried out a bloodless coup against the government of Yun Bo-seon,ending the Second Republic of South Korea.
19 JuneKuwait declared independence from the United Kingdom.
27 AprilMilton Margai took office as the first Prime Minister of Sierra Leone upon the nation's independence from the United Kingdom.
30 OctoberThe Soviet hydrogen bomb Tsar Bomba, the largest nuclear weaponever detonated, was set off over Novaya Zemlya Island in the ArcticOcean as a test.
30 MayDominican strongman Rafael Trujillo was ambushed by a group ofgenerals and assassinated.
20 OctoberThe Soviet Union performed the first armed test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, launching an R-13 from a Golf classsubmarine.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1961:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 NovemberCalvin Johnson / Writer / United States of America
03 March Fatima Whitbread / Javelin Thrower / United Kingdom
06 OctoberMiyuki Matsuda / Actress / Japan
08 OctoberSteven Bernstein / Composer / United States of America
08 AprilRichard Hatch / Actor / United States of America
08 AugustRon Klain / Politician / United States of America
09 JuneAaron Sorkin / Writer / United States of America
10 February Alexander Payne / Producer / United States of America
12 January Simon Russell Beale / Actor / United Kingdom
12 MayBilly Duffy / Writer / United Kingdom
15 AprilDawn Wright / Geographer / United States of America
15 January Serhiy N. Morozov / Footballer / Ukraine
16 DecemberLaChanze / Actress / United States of America
16 AprilLinda Ruth Williams / Academic / Britain
17 AprilFrank J. Christensen / Politician / United States of America
20 February Steve Lundquist / Swimmer / United States of America
21 SeptemberBilly Collins / Boxer / United States of America
23 SeptemberWilliam C. McCool / Pilot / United States of America
24 MayAlain Lemieux / Ice Hockey Player / United States of America
31 January Lloyd Cole / Writer / United Kingdom

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1961:

YearName / Profession / Country
11 AugustSunil Shetty / Actor / India
14 OctoberParmeet Sethi / Actor / India
15 AugustSuhasini Maniratnam / Actress / India
05 JuneRamesh Krishnan / Tennis Player / India
17 AprilGeet Sethi / Player / India
16 AprilJarbom Gamlin / Politician / India
21 AugustV. B. Chandrasekhar / Cricketer / India
06 JulyVandana Chavan / Politician / India
19 JulyHarsha Bhogle / Author / India
28 AugustDeepak Tijori / Actor / India
24 NovemberArundhati Roy / Writer / India
23 JulyMilind Gunaji / Actor / India
23 JulyMilind Gunaji / Actor / India
NA NARaj Kanwar / Director / India
12 JulyShiva Rajkumar / Actor / India
04 AugustBhagyashree Thipsay / Chess Player / India
24 NovemberArundhati Roy / Author / India
19 OctoberSunny Deol / Actor / India
01 JanuaryN. Biren Singh / Politician / India

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