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
NBA Legend Wilt ChamberlainNBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain 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
Physicist Robert HofstadterPhysicist Robert Hofstadter 10th - Robert Hofstadter and Rudolf Ludwig Mössbauer win the Nobel Prize in Physics for their pioneering studies of electron scattering in atomic nuclei and discoveries concerning the structure of the nucleon
11th - "Please, Mr. Postman" by Marvelettes, released
11th - Adolf Eichmann is found guilty of war crimes, in Israel
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
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr. 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
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
Gangster Joe GalloGangster Joe Gallo 21st - Gangster Joe Gallo is sentenced to 7 to 14 years in state prison for extortion
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
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
Playwright Tennessee WilliamsPlaywright Tennessee Williams 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)
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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