Historical Events for December 1961

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1st - The independent Republic of West Papua is proclaimed in modern-day Western New Guinea.
2nd - Fidel Castro declares he's a Marxist, & will lead Cuba to Communism
2nd - Wind Bell, journal of SF Zen Center, begins publishing
3rd - Anton Geesink becomes 1st non-Japanese judo world champion
3rd - Beatles meet future manager Brian Epstein
3rd - George Blanda of Houston Oilers kicks 55-yard field goal
3rd - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
4th - Floyd Patterson KOs Tom McNeeley in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
4th - Museum of Modern Art hangs Matisse's Le Bateau upside down for 47 days
4th - Smallest NY Knick, 49th St Madison Square Garden crowd-1,300 (snowstorm)
4th - Tanganyika becomes 104th member of UN
Impressionist Painter Henri MatisseImpressionist Painter Henri Matisse 4th - WXGA TV channel 8 in Waycross, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
4th - The female contraceptive 'pill' becomes available on the National Health Service in Britain
6th - 27th Heisman Trophy Award: Ernie Davis, Syracuse (HB)
8th - Antwerp Belgium diocese forms
8th - Larry Costello scores 32 consecutive pts without a miss (NBA rec)
8th - South Africa v NZ, Durban debuts for Eddie Barlow & Peter Pollock
8th - Wilt Chamberlain scores the 2nd highest total in the NBA - 78
9th - "From the Second City" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 87 perfs
9th - "Let It Ride" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 68 perfs
9th - SS Col Adolf Eichmann found guilty of war crimes in Israel
9th - Tanganyika gains independence from Britain, takes name Tanzania
9th - Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 67 points vs NY
10th - Houston Oiler Billy Cannon gains record 373 yards against Titans
10th - US performs nuclear test at Carlsbad New Mexico (underground)
10th - USSR & Albania break diplomatic relations
11th - "Please, Mr. Postman" by Marvelettes, released
11th - Adolf Eichmann is found guilty of war crimes, in Israel
Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis PresleySinger & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley 11th - Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 20 wks
11th - JFK provides US miltary helicopters & crews to South Vietnam
12th - Ham radio satellite Oscar 1 launched with military Discoverer 36
12th - Martin Luther King Jr. & 700 demonstraters arrested in Albany Ga
13th - Beatles sign a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein
13th - Gideon Hausner in Jerusalem demands death penalty for Adolf Eichmann
13th - Jimmy Dean's Big Bad John album is country music 1st million $ seller
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr. 14th - Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" is 1st country song to get a gold record
15th - Adolf Eichmann convicted of crimes against humanity in Israel
15th - Equal access rule, political parties get TV broadcasting time
15th - JFK visits Puerto Rico
15th - L J Suenens appointed archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels
16th - "Evening with Yves Montand" opens at John Golden NYC after 55 perfs
17th - Disgruntled employee set fire to a circus tent in Niteroi Brazil
17th - India seizes Goa & 2 other Portuguese colonies
17th - Niteroi Circus of Rio de Janeiro catches fire; 323 die
18th - Britain's EMI Records originally rejects the Beatles
18th - For 2nd consecutive year, AP names Wilma Rudolph female athlete of year
18th - India annexes Portuguese colonies of Goa, Damao & Diu
18th - KAIL TV channel 53 in Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
18th - Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 78 points vs LA
19th - Indonesian President Sukarno proclaims general mobilization
21st - Beatles record "Sweet Georgia Brown" & "Ready Teddy"
21st - JFK & British PM MacMillan meet in Bermuda
22nd - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
23rd - KICU TV channel 43 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
23rd - Train accident in Italy, 70 die
Cuban President Fidel CastroCuban President Fidel Castro 23rd - Fidel Castro announces Cuba will release 1,113 prisoners from failed 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion for $62M worth of food & medical supplies
24th - Houston Oilers beat San Diego Chargers 10-3 in AFL championship game
27th - Belgium & Congo resume diplomatic relations
27th - Styne/Comden/Green's musical "Subways are for Sleeping" premieres at St James Theater NYC for 205 perfs
28th - Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana," premieres in NYC
28th - 50th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Melbourne (5-0)
30th - Moscow: premier of Dmitri Sjostakovitch' 4th Symphony (out 1936)
Playwright Tennessee WilliamsPlaywright Tennessee Williams 31st - "lrma La Douce" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 527 performances
31st - Beach Boys play their debut gig under that name
31st - Failed coup by Syrian group in Lebanon
31st - Green Bay Packers shutout NY Giants 37-0 in NFL championship game
31st - Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than $12 billion

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