Historical Events for Year 1961

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Jan 1st - Briggs Stadium is renamed Tigers Stadium
Jan 1st - Houston Oilers beat LA Chargers 24-16 in AFL championship game
Jan 1st - Largest check issued, Natl Bank of Chicago to Sears ($960.242 billion)
Jan 1st - Russia introduces a new ruble worth $1.11
Jan 2nd - 1st AFL Championship Game, Houston Oilers beat LA Chargers 24-16
Jan 2nd - Hawaii's, then all time low temperature, 14°F recorded atop Haleakale
Jan 3rd - Adam Clayton Powell elected Chairman of House Education & Labor
Jan 3rd - US breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba
Jan 4th - Longest recorded strike ends-33 yrs-Danish barbers' assistants
Jan 5th - US breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba
Jan 7th - 1st NFL Playoff Bowl (runner-up bowl)-Detroit beats Cleveland 17-16
Jan 7th - Trucial States (now UAE) issue their 1st postage stamps
Jan 8th - Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Yvor Winters
Jan 9th - Twins agree on $500,000 payment to AA for Minn/St Paul territory
Jan 11th - Racial riot at University of Georgia
Jan 12th - "Show Girl" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 100 performances
Jan 12th - UN genocide pact goes into effect
Jan 14th - Chic Bear Willard Dewveall becomes 1st NFLer to join AFL
Jan 15th - NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 35-31
Jan 15th - Suggs wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational Open
Jan 15th - Supremes signed with Motown Records
Jan 16th - "Conquering Hero" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 8 performances
Jan 16th - Russian espionage ring detected in Great Britain
Jan 17th - Eisenhower allegedly orders assassination of Congo's Lumumba
Jan 17th - 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".
Jan 18th - Zanzibar's Afro-Shirazi party wins 1 seat by a single vote & parliament by a single seat
Jan 19th - 1st episode for "Dick Van Dyke Show" is filmed
Jan 20th - Arthur M Ramsay becomes archbishop of Canterbury
Jan 20th - Francis Poulenc's "Gloria," premieres in Boston
Poet Robert FrostPoet Robert Frost Jan 20th - Robert Frost recites "Gift Outright" at JFK's inauguration
Jan 20th - Yugoslav ex-vice-president Milovan Djilas flees
Jan 21st - "Conquering Hero" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 8 performances
Jan 21st - KIFI TV channel 8 in Idaho Falls, ID (NBC) begins broadcasting
Jan 21st - Portuguese rebels seize cruise ship Santa Maria
Jan 23rd - Supreme Court rules cities & states have right to censor films
Jan 23rd - Venezuela adopts constitution
Jan 24th - Edward Albee's "American Dream," premieres in NYC
Jan 24th - Lazard Brothers Ltd draw a check for $334,867,807.68
35th US President John F. Kennedy35th US President John F. Kennedy Jan 25th - 1st live, nationally televised presidential news conference (JFK)
Jan 25th - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Naples Pro-Am Golf Tournament
Jan 25th - Military coup in El Salvador
Jan 25th - Walt Disney's "101 Dalmations" released
Jan 26th - "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley peaks to #1
Jan 26th - 1st woman "personal physician to president"-JG Travell
Jan 27th - "Sing Along with Mitch" [Miller] premieres on NBC TV
Jan 28th - Republic of Rwanda proclaimed
Jan 29th - US female Figure Skating championship won by Laurence Owen
Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis PresleySinger & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley Jan 29th - US male Figure Skating championship won by Bradley Lord
Jan 30th - Bobby Darin is youngest performer to headline a TV special on NBC
Jan 30th - JFK asks for an Alliance for Progress & Peace Corps
Jan 30th - KAET TV channel 8 in Phoenix, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 30th - Lance Gibbs takes hat-trick (Mackay, Grout, Misson) at Adelaide
Jan 31st - David Ben-Gurion resigns as Prime Minister of Israel
Jan 31st - Ham is 1st primate in space (158 miles) aboard Mercury/Redstone 2
Jan 31st - Houston voters approve bond to finance luxury domed stadium
First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-GurionFirst Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion Jan 31st - Kanhai completes twin tons (117 & 115) v Aust at Adelaide
Jan 31st - NATO secretary-general Paul-Henri Spaak says he'll resign
Jan 31st - USAF launches Samos spy satellite to replace U-2 flights
Feb 1st - 1st full-scale test of US Minuteman ICBM is successful
Feb 1st - British minister Enoch Powell makes medical insurance more expensive
Feb 1st - Mackay & Kline hang on for 100 mins for cricket draw vs West Indies
Feb 2nd - Prince Bernhard opens new RAI building in Amsterdam
Feb 3rd - 6th largest snowfall in NYC history (17.4" (44.2cm))
Feb 4th - Sputnik 7 launches into Earth orbit; probable Venus probe failure
Feb 6th - "Jail, No Bail" Jail-in movement starts in Rock Hill SC
Feb 6th - KOAP TV channel 10 in Portland, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting
Actress Jane FondaActress Jane Fonda Feb 7th - Jane Fonda made her acting debut in the NBC drama "A String of Beads"
Feb 9th - Joseph Ileo appointed premier of Congo
Feb 10th - AFL's LA Chargers move to San Diego
Feb 10th - Niagara Falls hydroelectric project begins producing power
Feb 10th - Walter Piston's 7th Symphony, premieres
Feb 11th - Robert Weaver sworn in with then highest federal post by a black
Feb 12th - Celtic Bill Russell grabs 40 rebounds to beat Warriors 136-125
Feb 12th - Mickey Wright wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
Feb 12th - Mushtaq Mohammad scores 1st Test Cricket century at 17 yrs 82 days
Basketball Player Bill RussellBasketball Player Bill Russell Feb 12th - USSR launches Venera 1 toward Venus
Feb 13th - Frank Sinatra launches Reprise label under Warner Bros Records
Feb 13th - Soviet Union fires a rocket from Sputnik V to Venus
Feb 14th - Element 103, Lawrencium, 1st produced in Berkeley Calif
Feb 14th - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Royal Poinciana Golf Invitational
Feb 15th - Australia beat West Indies 2-1 in one of best Test Cricket series ever
Feb 15th - Entire US figure skating team of 18, dies in Belgian Sabena 707 crash
Feb 16th - 1st all-solid-propellant rocket put in orbit, Wallops Island, Va
Singer/Actor Frank SinatraSinger/Actor Frank Sinatra Feb 16th - China uses its 1st nuclear reactor
Feb 16th - US satellite Explorer 9 is launched
Feb 18th - Henk van der Grift becomes world champion skater
Feb 19th - Albania disavows Chinese "Revisionism"
Feb 19th - Henk van der Grift (Neth) becomes world champ all-round skater
Feb 21st - Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Die Physiker," premieres in Zurich
Feb 21st - Gabon adopts constitution
Feb 21st - Mercury-Atlas 2 reentry Test reaches 172 km
Feb 24th - Explorer (10) fails to reach Earth orbit
Feb 25th - Niagara ends St Bonaventura's 99-game home basketball win streak
Feb 25th - Paul Bikle in glider climbs from 1208 m at release to record 14,10
Feb 27th - The first congress of the Spanish Trade Union Organisation is inaugurated.
Politician, statesman Henry KissingerPolitician, statesman Henry Kissinger Feb 28th - JFK names Henry Kissinger special advisor
Mar 1st - Cellist Jacqueline du Prés debut in Wigmore Hall
Mar 1st - President Kennedy establishes the Peace Corp
Mar 2nd - "13 Daughters" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 28 performances
Mar 3rd - King Hassan II's ascends to throne of Morocco
Mar 4th - Paul-Henri Spaak resigns as sec-gen of NATO
Mar 6th - 1st London minicabs introduced
Mar 6th - Dutch Queen Juliana celebrates 12½ year jubilee
Mar 6th - Dutch guilder revalued 4.74%
Mar 8th - Jean Kerr's "Mary, Mary" premieres in NYC
Mar 8th - US nuclear submarine Patrick Henry arrives at Scottish naval base of Holy Loch from SC in a record underseas journey of 66 days 22 hrs
Mar 9th - 1st animal returned from space, dog named Blackie aboard Sputnik 9
Mar 9th - Mine cave-in in Japan, kills 72
Mar 9th - Sputnik 9 carries Chernushka (dog) into orbit
Mar 9th - Supremes release "I Want A Guy" & "Never Again"
Mar 11th - Then NHL record 40 penalties, Black Hawks & Maple Leafs (20 each)
Mar 12th - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Miami Golf Open
Mar 13th - Elizabeth Gurley Finn (70) becomes pres of US Communist Party
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd PattersonBoxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson Mar 13th - Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
Mar 13th - JFK sets up the Alliance for Progress
Mar 13th - Landslide in USSR, kills 145
Mar 13th - Old type, black & white notes cease to be legal tender
Mar 14th - George Weiss becomes pres of NY Mets
Mar 15th - South Africa withdrews from British Commonwealth
Mar 17th - NY DA arrests professional gamblers who implicate Seton Hall players
Mar 17th - South Africa leaves British Commonwealth
Mar 18th - Poppin' Fresh Pillsbury Dough Boy introduced
Mar 21st - Art Modell purchases Cleveland Browns for then record ($3,925,000)
Mar 21st - Beatles' 1st appearance at the Cavern Club
Mar 24th - NY Senate approves $55M for a baseball stadium at Flushing Meadows
Mar 25th - "13 Daughters" closes at 54th St Theater NYC after 28 performances
Mar 25th - "Gypsy" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 702 performances
Mar 25th - 23rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Cin beats Ohio State 70-65 (OT)
Mar 25th - Elvis Presley performs live on the USS Arizona
Mar 25th - Explorer 10 launched into elongated Earth orbit (177/181,000 km)
Mar 25th - Sputnik 10 carries a dog into Earth orbit; later recovered
Mar 25th - 3rd place game is one of the wildest contests in NCAA Tournament history as St Joseph's defeats Utah 127-120 in 4 overtimes
Mar 26th - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Golden Circle of Golf Festival
Mar 27th - Black demonstrators in Charleston staged ride-ins on street cars
Mar 27th - Belgium government of Eyskens resigns
Mar 27th - Failed assassination attempt on King Saif al-Islam Achmad of Yemen
Mar 29th - 23rd Amendment to the US Constitution ratified, allowing Washington DC residents to vote in presidential elections
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson MandelaAnti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela Mar 29th - After a 4½ year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted on treason charge
Mar 29th - KCPT TV channel 19 in Kansas City, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
Mar 30th - NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 169,600' (51,690 m)
Mar 30th - The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is signed at New York.
Mar 31st - Aklilou Habtewold becomes 1st premier of Ethiopia
Apr 3rd - "Happiest Girl in the World" opens at Martin Beck NYC for 97 perfs
Apr 3rd - Connie Mack Stadium in Phila is sold to J Schleifer Properties
Apr 5th - Barbra Streisand appears on "Jack Paar Show"
Apr 5th - Dutch governor Platteel installs New Guinea Council
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra StreisandSinger-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand Apr 8th - "Show Girl" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 100 perfs
Apr 8th - British liner "Dara" explodes in Persian Gulf, kills 236
Apr 10th - 25th Golf Masters Championship: Gary Player wins, shooting a 280
Apr 10th - Adolf Eichmann tried as a war criminal in Israel

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