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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1961 AD


January 1: Briggs Stadium is renamed Tigers Stadium
January 1: Houston Oilers beat LA Chargers 24-16 in AFL championship game
January 1: Largest check issued, National Bank of Chicago to Sears ($960.242 billion)
January 1: Russia introduces a new ruble worth $1.11
January 2: 1st AFL Championship Game, Houston Oilers beat LA Chargers 24-16
January 2: Hawaii's, then all time low temperature, 14 degrees F recorded atop Haleakale
January 3: Adam Clayton Powell elected Chairman of House Education and Labor
January 3: U.S. breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba
January 4: Longest recorded strike ends-33 yrs-Danish barbers' assistants
January 5: U.S. breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba
January 7: 1st NFL Playoff Bowl (runner-up bowl)-Detroit beats Cleveland 17-16
January 7: Trucial States (now UAE) issue their 1st postage stamps
January 8: Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Yvor Winters
January 9: Twins agree on $500,000 payment to AA for Minn/St. Paul territory
January 11: Racial riot at University of Georgia
January 12: "Show Girl" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City for 100 performances
January 12: U.N. genocide pact goes into effect
January 14: Chicago Bear Willard Dewveall becomes 1st NFLer to join AFL
January 15: NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 35-31
January 15: Suggs wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational Open
January 15: Supremes signed with Motown Records
January 16: "Conquering Hero" opens at ANTA Theater New York City for 8 performances
January 16: Russian espionage ring detected in Great Britain
January 17: Eisenhower allegedly orders assassination of Congo's Lumumba
January 18: Zanzibar's Afro-Shirazi party wins 1 seat by a single vote and parliament by a single seat
January 19: 1st episode for "Dick Van Dyke Show" is filmed
January 20: Arthur M Ramsay becomes archbishop of Canterbury
January 20: Francis Poulenc's "Gloria," premieres in Boston
January 20: Robert Frost recites "Gift Outright" at John F. Kennedy's inauguration
January 20: Yugoslav ex-vice-president Milovan Djilas flees
January 21: "Conquering Hero" closes at ANTA Theater New York City after 8 performances
January 21: KIFI TV channel 8 in Idaho Falls, Idaho (NBC) begins broadcasting
January 21: Portuguese rebels seize cruise ship Santa Maria
January 23: Supreme Court rules cities and states have right to censor films
January 23: Venezuela adopts constitution
January 24: Edward Albee's "American Dream," premieres in New York City
January 24: Lazard Brothers Ltd draw a check for $334,867,807.68
January 25: 1st live, nationally televised presidential news conference (John F. Kennedy)
January 25: Louise Suggs wins LPGA Naples Pro-Am Golf Tournament
January 25: Military coup in El Salvador
January 25: Walt Disney's "101 Dalmations" released
January 26: 1st woman "personal physician to president"-JG Travell
January 26: "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley peaks to #1
January 27: "Sing Along with Mitch" [Miller] premieres on NBC TV
January 28: Republic of Rwanda proclaimed
January 29: U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Laurence Owen
January 29: U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Bradley Lord
January 30: Bobby Darin is youngest performer to headline a TV special on NBC
January 30: John F. Kennedy asks for an Alliance for Progress and Peace Corp
January 30: KAET TV channel 8 in Phoenix, Arizona (PBS) begins broadcasting
January 30: Lance Gibbs takes hat-trick (Mackay, Grout, Misson) at Adelaide
January 31: David Ben-Gurion resigns as premier of Israel
January 31: Ham is 1st primate in space (158 miles) aboard Mercury/Redstone 2
January 31: Houston voters approve bond to finance luxury domed stadium
January 31: Kanhai completes twin tons (117 and 115) vs. Australia at Adelaide
January 31: NATO Secretary-General Paul-Henri Spaak says he'll resign
January 31: USAF launches Samos spy satellite to replace U-2 flights


February 1: 1st full-scale test of U.S. Minuteman ICBM is successful
February 1: British minister Enoch Powell makes medical insurance more expensive
February 1: Mackay and Kline hang on for 100 minutes for cricket draw vs West Indies
February 2: Prince Bernhard opens new RAI building in Amsterdam
February 3: 6th largest snowfall in New York City history (17.4" (44.2cm))
February 4: Sputnik 7 launches into Earth orbit; probable Venus probe failure
February 6: "Jail, No Bail" Jail-in movement starts in Rock Hill SC
February 6: KOAP TV channel 10 in Portland, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting
February 7: Jane Fonda made her acting debut in the NBC drama "A String of Beads"
February 9: Joseph Ileo appointed premier of Congo
February 10: AFL's LA Chargers move to San Diego
February 10: Niagara Falls hydroelectric project begins producing power
February 10: Walter Piston's 7th Symphony, premieres
February 11: Robert Weaver sworn in with then highest federal post by a black
February 11: Trial of Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem
February 12: Celtic Bill Russell grabs 40 rebounds to beat Warriors 136-125
February 12: Mickey Wright wins LPGA St. Petersburg Golf Open
February 12: Mushtaq Mohammad scores 1st Test Cricket century at 17 years 82 days
February 12: U.S.S.R. launches Venera 1 toward Venus
February 13: Frank Sinatra launches Reprise label under Warner Bros Records
February 13: Soviet Union fires a rocket from Sputnik V to Venus
February 14: Element 103, Lawrencium, 1st produced in Berkeley California
February 14: Louise Suggs wins LPGA Royal Poinciana Golf Invitational
February 15: Australia beat WI 2-1 in one of best Test Cricket series ever
February 15: Entire U.S. figure skating team of 18, dies in Belgian Sabena 707 crash
February 16: 1st all-solid-propellant rocket put in orbit, Wallops Island, Va
February 16: China uses it's 1st nuclear reactor
February 16: U.S. satellite Explorer 9 is launched
February 18: Henk van der Grift becomes world champion skater
February 19: Albania disavows Chinese "Revisionism"
February 19: Henk van der Grift (Netherlands) becomes world champ all-round skater
February 21: Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Die Physiker," premieres in Zurich
February 21: Gabon adopts constitution
February 21: Mercury-Atlas 2 reentry Test reaches 172 km
February 24: Explorer 10 fails to reach Earth orbit
February 25: Niagara ends St. Bonaventura's 99-game home basketball win streak
February 25: Paul Bikle in glider climbs from 1208 m at release to record 14,10
February 28: John F. Kennedy names Henry Kissinger special advisor


March 1: Cellist Jacqueline du President debut in Wigmore Hall
March 1: President Kennedy establishes the Peace Corp
March 2: "13 Daughters" opens at 54th St. Theater New York City for 28 performances
March 3: King Hassan II's ascends to throne of Morocco
March 4: Paul-Henri Spaak resigns as Secretary-General of NATO
March 6: 1st London minicabs introduced
March 6: Dutch guilder revalued 4.74%
March 6: Dutch Queen Juliana celebrates 12 year government jubilee
March 8: Jean Kerr's "Mary, Mary," premieres in New York City
March 8: U.S. nuclear submarine Patrick Henry arrives at Scottish naval base of Holy Loch from South Carolina in a record underseas journey of 66 days 22 hours
March 9: 1st animal returned from space, dog named Blackie aboard Sputnik 9
March 9: Mine cave-in in Japan, kills 72
March 9: Sputnik 9 carries Chernushka, a dog, into orbit
March 9: Supremes release "I Want A Guy" and "Never Again"
March 11: Then NHL record 40 penalties, Black Hawks and Maple Leafs (20 each)
March 12: Mickey Wright wins LPGA Miami Golf Open
March 13: Elizabeth Gurley Finn (70) becomes President of U.S. Communist Party
March 13: Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 6 for heavywgt boxing title
March 13: John F. Kennedy sets up the Alliance for Progress
March 13: Landslide in U.S.S.R., kills 145
March 13: Old type, black and white notes cease to be legal tender
March 13: Pablo Picasso (79) marries his model Jacqueline Rocque (37)
March 14: George Weiss becomes President of New York Mets
March 15: South Africa withdraws from British Commonwealth
March 17: New York DA arrests professional gamblers who implicate Seton Hall players
March 17: South Africa leaves British Commonwealth
March 18: Poppin' Fresh Pillsbury Dough Boy introduced
March 21: Art Modell purchases Cleveland Browns for then record ($3,925,000)
March 21: Beatles' 1st appearance at the Cavern Club
March 24: New York Senate approves $55M for a baseball stadium at Flushing Meadows
March 25: "13 Daughters" closes at 54th St. Theater New York City after 28 performances
March 25: 23rd NCAA Men's Basketball Champion: Cincinnati beats Ohio State 70-65 (OT)
March 25: 3rd place game is one of the wildest contests in NCAA Tournament history as St. Joseph's defeats Utah 127-120 in 4 overtimes
March 25: Elvis Presley performs live on the USS Arizona
March 25: Explorer 10 launched into elongated Earth orbit (177/181,000 km)
March 25: "Gypsy" closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 702 performances
March 25: Sputnik 10 carries a dog into Earth orbit; later recovered
March 26: Louise Suggs wins LPGA Golden Circle of Golf Festival
March 27: Belgium government of Eyskens resigns
March 27: Failed assassination attempt on King Saif al-Islam Achmad of Yemen
March 29: 23rd Amendment ratified, allows Washington D.C. residents to vote for president
March 29: After a 4 year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted on treason charge
March 29: KCPT TV channel 19 in Kansas City, Missouri (PBS) begins broadcasting
March 30: NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 169,600' (51,690 m)
March 31: Aklilou Habtewold becomes 1st premier of Ethiopia


April 1: Jim Bakker marries Tammy Faye
April 3: Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia is sold to J Schleifer Properties
April 3: "Happiest Girl in the World" opens at Martin Beck New York City for 97 performances
April 5: Barbra Streisand appears on "Jack Paar Show"
April 5: Dutch governor Platteel installs New Guinea Council
April 8: British liner "Dara" explodes in Persian Gulf, kills 236
April 8: "Show Girl" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City after 100 performances
April 10: 25th Golf Masters Championship: Gary Player wins, shooting a 280
April 10: Adolf Eichmann tried as a war criminal in Israel
April 10: Dutch foreign minister Luns talks to John F. Kennedy about New Guinea
April 10: New Washington Senators loses 1st regular-season game 4-3 to White Sox
April 11: 15th NBA Championship: Bos Celtics beat St. Louis Hawks, 4 games to 1
April 11: Austrian 4th and last government of Raab resigns
April 11: Bob Dylan's 1st appearance at Folk City, Greenwich Village
April 11: Israel begins Adolf Eichmann WW II war crimes trial
April 12: 3rd Grammy Awards: Theme From a Summer Place, Ray Charles wins 4
April 12: Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner
April 12: Yuri Gagarin becomes 1st person to orbit Earth in Vostok 1
April 13: "Carnival!" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 719 performances
April 13: U.N. General Assembly condemns South Africa's apartheid
April 14: 1st live television broadcast from Soviet Union
April 14: Cuban-American invasion army departs Nicaragua
April 14: U.S. element 103 (Lawrencium) discovered
April 15: "Music Man" closes at Majestic Theater New York City after 1375 performances
April 16: 15th Tony Awards: Becket and Bye Bye Birdie win
April 16: Louise Suggs wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
April 16: Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
April 17: 1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs attempt to overthrow Castro
April 17: 33rd Academy Awards - "Apartment," Burt Lancaster and Liz Taylor win
April 19: 65th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:39
April 20: American Harold Graham makes 1st rocket belt flight
April 21: Dirk U. Suffocated chosen as Secretary-General of NATO
April 21: French army revolts in Algeria
April 21: USAF Major Robert M. White takes X-15 to 32,000 m
April 22: Uprising of French parachutist of General Salan/Challe in Algeria
April 23: Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf Open
April 23: "Tenderloin" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City after 216 performances
April 24: John F. Kennedy accepts "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs
April 24: Vasa, which sunk on her maiden voyage in 1628, is raised
April 25: France performs nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds Algeria
April 25: Mercury/Atlas rocket lifted off with an electronic mannequin
April 25: Premier Moise Tsjombe of Katanga arrested in Congo
April 25: Robert Noyce patents integrated circuit
April 25: Unmanned Mercury test explodes on launch pad
April 25: "Young Abe Lincoln" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City for 27 performances
April 26: French paratroopers' revolt suppressed in Algeria
April 26: Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961
April 27: NASA launches Explorer 11 into Earth orbit to study gamma rays
April 27: NFL officially recognizes Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
April 27: Sierra Leone declares independence from U.K.
April 28: Lieutenant Colonel Gueorgui Mossolov takes E-66A to 34,714 m altitude
April 28: Warren Spahn pitches 2nd no hitter at 41 beats San Francisco Giants, 1-0
April 29: ABC's "Wide World of Sports, debuts
April 30: 1st shuttle flights between Washington D.C., Boston and New York City begin (Eastern)
April 30: Lee Harvey Oswald marries Marina Prusakova in Minsk U.S.S.R.
April 30: Mickey Wright wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
April 30: Premier Fidel Castro of Cuba receives Lenin-Peace Prize
April 30: San Francisco Giant Willie Mays hits 4 home runs in a game


May 1: 1st U.S. airplane hijacked to Cuba
May 1: Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba
May 1: Pulitzer prize awarded to Harper Lee for To Kill a Mockingbird
May 1: Tanganyika granted full internal self-government by Britain
May 3: Warren Spahn pitches a 2 hitter after pitching a no hitter
May 4: 13 Freedom riders began bus trip through South
May 4: 1st on-the-road Spacemobile lecture given.
May 4: CORE begins freedom rides from Washington, D.C.
May 4: Malcolm Ross and Victor Prather reach 34,668 m (record) in balloon
May 4: South Africa ANC-leader John Nkadimeng arrested
May 5: Alan Shepard becomes 1st American in space (aboard Freedom 7)
May 6: 87th Kentucky Derby: John Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 2:04
May 6: Omer Vanaudenhove chosen chairman of Belgium Liberal Party
May 7: Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
May 7: "Young Abe Lincoln" closes at Eugene O'Neill New York City after 27 performances
May 8: 1st practical sea water conversion plant - Freeport, Texas
May 8: Alan Shepard receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Washington
May 9: Baltimore Oriole Jim Gentile hits 2 grand slams (9 RBIs) vs Minnesota Twins
May 9: FCC Chairman Newton N Minow criticizes TV as a "vast wasteland"
May 9: Jim Gentile is 4th to hit grand slams in consecutive innings
May 10: "Beyond the Fringe," premieres in London
May 12: Botvinnik wins world chess championship for 3rd time
May 14: Bus with 1st group of Freedom Riders bombed and burned in Alabama
May 14: Mickey Wright wins LPGA Columbus Golf Open
May 15: 36 Unification church couples wed in Korea
May 15: "Bonanza" by Al Caiola Orchestra hits #19
May 15: Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Mater et Magistra
May 16: 13rd Emmy Awards: Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr and Barbara Stanwyck
May 17: Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers
May 18: "Donnybrook!" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 68 performances
May 19: New pier opens in Scheveningen
May 20: 87th Preakness: Johnny Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 1:57.6
May 20: Henzes opera "Elegy for Young Lovers," premieres in Schwetzingen
May 20: Mauritania adopts constitution
May 20: White mob attacks "Freedom Riders" in Montgomery, Alabama
May 21: Governor Patterson declares martial law in Montgomery
May 22: 1st revolving restaurant (Top Of The Needle in Seattle), opens
May 22: "Mother-In-Law" by Ernie K-Doe hits #1
May 22: "Touchables In Brooklyn" by Dickie Goodman hits #42
May 24: 27 Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, Mississippi
May 24: Explorer (12) fails to reach Earth orbit
May 25: John F. Kennedy sets goal of putting a man on Moon before the end of decade
May 25: NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 32,770 m
May 26: Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee establishes in Atlanta
May 26: USAF bomber flies Atlantic in a record of just over 3 hours
May 27: 1st black light is sold
May 27: Fiorentina wins 1st Europe Cup II in Florence
May 27: Ralph Boston of U.S., sets then long jump record at 27' "
May 28: Amnesty International founded (Nobel Peace Prize 1977)
May 28: Last trip (Paris to Bucharest) on Orient Express (after 78 years)
May 28: Record 27 home runs hit in 7 AL games
May 30: Dutch DC-8 crashes after takeoff at Lisbon, 62 die
May 30: Maris hits his 10th and 11th of 61 home runs
May 31: Benfica wins 6th Europe Cup 1 at Bern
May 31: Chuck Berry's amusement park, Berryland in St. Louis, opens
May 31: John F. Kennedy visits Charles de Gaulle in Paris
May 31: Judge Irving Kaufman orders Board of Ed of New Rochelle, to integrate
May 31: Union of South Africa becomes a republic, leaves Commonwealth


June 1: FM multiplex stereo broadcasting 1st heard
June 3: 93rd Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Sherluck wins in 2:29.2
June 3: John F. Kennedy and Khrushchev meet in Vienna
June 3: "Wildcat" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 172 performances
June 4: Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Western Golf Open
June 8: English prince Edward, Duke of Kent, weds Katharine Worsley
June 8: Milwaukee sets record of 4 consecutive home runs (Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron Joe Adcock and Frank Thomas)
June 8: Test Cricket debut of William Morris Lawry, vs. England at Edgbaston, 57
June 9: Ryne Duren sets AL record with 7 straight strikeouts against Red Sox
June 11: Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
June 11: Norm Cash becomes 1st Det Tiger to hit a ball out of Tiger Stadium
June 11: Roger Maris hits 19th and 20th of 61 home runs
June 12: An ailing Bill Veeck sells his interest in White Sox to Arthur Allyn
June 12: Dutch Lockheed Electricity "Sirius" accident at Cairo, kills 20
June 13: "Billy Barnes People" opens at Royale Theater New York City for 8 performances
June 14: 106 degrees F, hottest temperature in San Francisco
June 15: Expansion Washington Senators are 30-30, latest date an expansion team will be at .500, Washington will lose their next 10 games
June 16: Dave Garroway is fired as Today Show host
June 16: Discoverer 25 launched
June 16: Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West in Paris
June 17: 61st U.S. Golf Open: Gene Littler shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Michigan
June 17: "Billy Barnes People" closes at Royale Theater New York City after 8 performances
June 17: Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev defects to west in Frankfurt
June 18: CBS radio cancels "Gunsmoke"
June 18: KBMT TV channel 12 in Beaumont, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
June 18: Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
June 19: Charlie Finley, changes A's manager Joe Gordon (26-33) for Hank Bauer
June 19: Kuwait declares independence from U.K.
June 19: "Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)" by Coasters peaks at #23
June 19: New York Yankee Roger Maris hits his 25th of 61 home runs
June 19: U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision in Md's constitution requiring state office holders to believe in God
June 22: Beatles record Aint She Sweet, Cry for a Shadow, When the Saints Go Marching In, Why, Nobody's Child and My Bonnie, in Hamburg
June 22: Moise Tsjombe freed from prison in Congo
June 23: Antarctic Treaty goes into effect
June 23: Cubs Ernie Banks ends his 717 consecutive-games-played streak
June 23: Phillies overcome 9-0, losing 11-2 they score 4 in 8th and 6 in 9th
June 23: USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 32,830 m
June 24: Beatles record "If You Love Me Baby"
June 24: "Happiest Girl in the World" closes at Martin Beck New York City after 97 performances
June 24: Iraq demands dominion over Kuwait
June 25: Baltimore and California use a record 16 pitchers in a game (8 each) in 14 inns
June 25: Iraq announces that Kuwait is a part of Iraq (Kuwait disagrees)
June 28: Phils and San Francisco set then record longest night game (5h11m) 7-7 15 inn tie
June 29: Launch of Transit 4a, with 1st nuclear power supply (SNAP-3)
June 29: Willie Mays is 4th major leaguer with 3 or more home runs twice in a season
June 30: Buddy Rogers beats Pat O'Conner in Chicago, to become NWA champ
June 30: Explorer (12) fails to reach Earth orbit


July 1: 16th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright
July 1: Haleakala National Park forms in Hawaii
July 1: KNDU TV channel 25 in Richland-Pasco-Kennew, WA (NBC) 1st broadcast
July 2: Maris hits 29th and 30th en route to 61 homers
July 5: 80 die in collisions in Algiers
July 5: KUSD TV channel 2 in Vermillion, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
July 5: St. Louis Cardinal Bill White hits 3 home runs and a double
July 6: Portuguese ship explode near Mozambique, kills 300
July 7: 75th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Rod Laver beats Chuck McKinley (63 61 64)
July 7: James R. Hoffa elected chairman of Teamsters
July 8: Fred Trueman takes 5-0 in 24 balls to rip through Aussies
July 8: Portuguese steamer "Save" breaks up off Mozambique, 227 die
July 11: 30th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 in 10 at Candlestick Pk, SF
July 11: Gene Kiniski beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
July 14: Astro's Eddie Matthews hits home run #500
July 14: Finland's Miettunen government forms
July 14: Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Mater et magistrate
July 15: 90th British Golf Open: Arnold Palmer shoots a 284 at Royal Birkdale
July 15: "Donnybrook!" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City after 68 performances
July 15: Spain accept equal rights for men and women
July 16: Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Tippecanoe Golf Open
July 16: Ralph Boston of U.S., sets then long jump record at 27' 2"
July 17: John Chancellor becomes news anchor of Today Show
July 17: Roger Maris loses a home run (of his 61) due to a rain-out in 5th
July 18: Commissioner Ford Frick rules Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs in 154-game sched in 1927, must be broken in 1st 154 of 162 games
July 19: 1st in-flight movie shown, TWA
July 21: Launch of Mercury 4 (Liberty Bell) with Grissom
July 22: WBNB TV channel 10 in Charlotte Amaile, VI (CBS) begins broadcasting
July 23: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Golf Open
July 23: Bricusse and Newley's musical "Stop the world I want to ...," premieres
July 24: Beginning of a trend, a U.S. commercial plane is hijacked to Cuba
July 24: Edwin Newman becomes news anchor of Today Show
July 24: Roger Maris hits 4 home runs, in a doubleheader
July 25: Maris hits home runs 37, 38, 39 and 40 in a doubleheader
July 29: Phillies lose 1st of 23 straight games
July 29: Wallis and Futuna Islands become a French overseas territory
July 30: 43rd PGA Championship: Jerry Barber shoots a 277 at Olympia Fields IL
July 30: Judy Kimball wins LPGA American Women's Golf Open
July 31: 31st All Star Baseball Game: 1-1 tie ends by rain at Fenway, Boston
July 31: Israel welcomes its 1,000,000th immigrant


August 1: Benaud rips through England team for Aussie win at Old Trafford
August 1: East Germany limits traffic to West Berlin
August 1: New San Francisco Hall of Justice opens
August 1: Whitney Young, Jr. named executive director of National Urban League
August 2: Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club
August 2: Cyrille Adula becomes premier of Congo
August 2: St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 36-7 in Toronto
August 4: 108 degrees F, Spokane, WA
August 4: 28th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 28, All-Stars 14 (66,000)
August 5: 118 degrees F (48 degrees C), Ice Harbor Dam, Washington (state record)
August 5: Chicago Bears (NFL) beat Montreal Alouettes (CFL) 34-16 in Montreal
August 6: 1st case of motion sickness in space reported
August 6: Gherman S Titov, 2nd Russian in space aboard Vostok 2 (17 orbits)
August 6: Mickey Wright wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
August 7: Cosmonaut Gherman Titov circles Earth for a full day in Vostok 2
August 7: Soviet premier Khrushchev predicts U.S.S.R. economy will surpass U.S.
August 8: Ham Tigercats (CFL) beat Buff Bills (NFL) 38-21 in Hamilton, Ontario
August 8: Verne Gagne beats Gene Kiniski in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
August 9: James B Parsons is 1st black appointed to Federal District Court
August 10: England applies for membership in European Common Market
August 11: Warren Spahn records victory #300, beats Cubs 2-1
August 13: Construction on Berlin Wall begins in East Germany
August 13: Louise Suggs wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open
August 14: Philadelphia Phillies lose 17th straight game
August 16: 250,000 West Berliners demonstrate against East Berlin
August 16: Martin L. King protests for black voting right in Miami
August 17: Building of Berlin Wall begins
August 17: Kennedy administration establishes Alliance for Progress
August 18: Construction on Berlin Wall completed
August 19: U.S. vice-president Lyndon B. Johnson visits West Berlin
August 20: East Germany begins erecting 5' high wall along the border with the west to replace the barbed wire put up Aug 13
August 20: Phillies set then dubious record of 23 straight loses, beat Braves
August 21: Jomo Kenyatta freed in Kenya
August 22: Maris hits his 50th of 61 homers
August 23: Belgium sends troops to Rwanda-Urundi
August 23: East Germany imposed new curbs on travel between West and East Berlin
August 23: U.S. lunar probe Ranger 1 reaches 190 km from Earth, falls back
August 24: Former nazi leader Johannes Vorster becomes South Africa's minister of justice (if the shoe fits...)
August 24: Windward Islands' Airways International (Winair) forms
August 25: Brazilian president Janio Quadros, resigns
August 26: Official International Hockey Hall of Fame opens in Toronto
August 27: Francis the Talking Mule is mystery guest on "What's My Line"
August 27: Mickey Wright wins LPGA Spokane Women's Golf Open
August 30: J B Parsons is 1st African American judge of a U.S. District Court
August 30: Last Spanish troops leave Morocco
August 30: Oriole Jack Fisher walks 12 LA Angels in a 9 inning game
August 30: U.S.S.R. says it will resume nuclear testing
August 31: Amsterdam National Ballet forms


September 1: 1st conference of neutral countries held in Belgrade
September 1: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
September 4: Carol Burnette-Richard Hayes Show premieres on CBS radio
September 4: U.S. authorizes Agency for International Development
September 5: John F. Kennedy begins underground nuclear testing
September 5: President Kennedy signs law against hijacking (death penalty)
September 5: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
September 6: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Kapustin Yar U.S.S.R.
September 9: Maria Beale Fletcher (NC), 19, crowned 34th Miss America 1962
September 10: 75th U.S. Womens Tennis: Darlene R Hard beats Ann Haydon Jones (63 64)
September 10: 81st U.S. Mens Tennis: Roy Emerson beats Rodney G Laver (75 63 62)
September 10: Mickey Mantle becomes 7th to hit home run # 400
September 10: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
September 11: Bob Dylan's 1st New York performance
September 12: NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 34,840 m
September 12: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
September 13: Battles between United Nations and Katanga troops in Congo
September 13: "Car 54 Where are You?" premieres on TV
September 13: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
September 13: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
September 13: Unmanned Mercury-Atlas 4 launched into Earth orbit
September 14: Dmitri Shostakovich becomes member of CP of U.S.S.R.
September 14: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
September 15: 61st U.S. Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus
September 15: Hurricane Carla strikes Texas with winds of 175 mph
September 16: CDU loses West German election
September 16: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
September 16: WLKY TV channel 32 in Louisville, Kentucky (ABC) begins broadcasting
September 17: Minnesota Vikings' 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13)
September 17: Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days," premieres in New York City
September 17: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
September 18: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
September 20: After 84 1/3 innings Bill Fischer gives up a base on balls
September 20: James Meredith refused access as a student in Mississippi
September 20: Roger Maris hits home run # 59 and barely misses # 60 in game 154 of the season. Yankees clinch pennant #26
September 20: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
September 21: Antonio Abertondo swims English Channel round trip (44 miles)
September 22: Antonio Albertondo (Argentina) at 42, completes 1st "double" crossing swim of English Channel in 43 hours 10 min
September 22: Jim Gentile's ties record of 5 grand slams in a year
September 23: 1st movie to become a TV series - How to Marry a Millionaire
September 23: Ernie Banks ends 717 consecutive-games-played streak
September 24: Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sacramento Valley Golf Open
September 25: KTPS TV channel 62 in Tacoma, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
September 26: "From the Second City" opens at Royale Theater New York City for 87 performances
September 26: Roger Maris hits home run number 60 off Jack Fisher, tying Babe Ruth's record
September 27: Sandy Koufax sets NL strikeout season record at 269
September 27: Sierre Leone becomes 100th member of U.N.
September 28: "Doctor Kildare," debuts on NBC-TV
September 28: "Hazel," starring Shirley Booth debuts on NBC-TV
September 28: "Purlie Victorious," a farce by Ossie Davis, opens on Broadway
September 28: Syria withdraws from United Arab Republic
September 28: Ted Williams hits a home run on his last at bat
September 28: USN Comdr Forrest S Petersen takes X-15 to 30,720 m
September 28: Walt Disney's movie "Grey Friars Bobby" premieres
September 29: Bob Dylan's 1st recording session-backup harmonica for Caroline Hester
September 29: "Detectives," TV Crime Drama; moves to NBC-TV
September 29: Mamum Kuzbari becomes premier of Syria


October 1: A believed extinct volcanco erupts in Tristan da Cunha
October 1: East and West Cameroon merge as Federal Republic of Cameroon
October 1: KGIN TV channel 11 in Grand Island, NB (CBS) begins broadcasting
October 1: Mickey Wright wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Open
October 1: Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovitsch' 12nd Symphony
October 1: Roger Maris sets record of 61 home runs off of Tracy Stallard
October 1: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
October 1: WOLO TV channel 25 in Columbia, South Carolina (ABC) begins broadcasting
October 1: WYAH TV channel 27 in Portsmouth, Virginia (IND) begins broadcasting
October 2: "Ben Casey" premieres on NBC-TV
October 2: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
October 2: WETA TV channel 26 in Washington, D.C. (PBS) begins broadcasting
October 2: WHRO TV channel 15 in Hampton-Norfolk, Virginia (PBS) begins broadcasting
October 3: "Dick Van Dyke Show" premieres on CBS-TV
October 3: KMED (now KTVL) TV channel 10 in Medford, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
October 3: "Mr Ed" premieres
October 3: "Sail Away" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 167 performances
October 4: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
October 4: Whitey Ford's 3rd straight World Series shutout
October 5: China and Nepal sign treaty
October 6: John F. Kennedy advises Americans to build fallout shelters
October 6: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear tests at Kapustin Yar and Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
October 7: 15th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Chicago 3-1 at Chicago
October 7: "Bye Bye Birdie" closes at Martin Beck Theater New York City after 607 performances
October 8: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Bill Brannin's Swing Parade Golf Tournament
October 8: U.S. Constellation crashes at Richmond, Virginia, 74 die
October 8: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
October 8: Whitey Ford breaks Babe Ruth's World Series record of 29 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, running his streak to 32
October 9: New York Yankees beat Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 1 in 58th World Series
October 9: Tanganyika becomes independent within British Commonwealth
October 9: U.S. members of Communist Party obliged to report themselves to Police
October 9: Volcano eruptions on Tristan de Cunha (South Atlantic)
October 9: World Series scoreless pitching streak Yankees beat Reds 4 games to 1
October 9: Yank Whitey Ford breaks Ruth record of 29 2/3 consecutive inning
October 10: Expansion draft to stock Houston Astros and New York Mets
October 10: "Milk and Honey" opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City for 543 performances
October 10: Otis M Smith appointed to Michigan Supreme Court
October 10: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
October 11: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
October 11: USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 66,100m
October 12: "Let It Ride" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City for 68 performances
October 12: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
October 14: 14th Ryder Cup: U.S., 14 -9 at Royal Lytham and St. Annes, England
October 14: "How to Succeed in Business" opens at 46th St. New York City for 1415 performances
October 17: 22nd congress of CPSU opens in Moscow
October 17: Battle of Paris - police kill 210 Algerians
October 17: NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 33,100 m
October 17: NY Museum of Modern Art hangs Henri Matisse's "Le Bateau" upside-down It wasn't corrected until December 3rd
October 18: Emergency crisis proclaimed in South Vietnam due to commun attack
October 21: Barbra Striesand opens in "Another Evening with Harry Stones"
October 21: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan U.S.S.R.
October 22: 75,000 Flemings demand equal rights and Flemish language in Belgium
October 22: Louise Suggs wins LPGA San Antonio Golf Civitan
October 23: "Kwamina" opens at 54th St. Theater New York City for 32 performances
October 23: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
October 24: "Evening with Yves Montand" opens at John Golden New York City for 55 performances
October 25: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
October 26: 1st Saturn launch vehicle made a flight test
October 27: 1st Saturn launch vehicle makes an unmanned flight test
October 27: American Basketball League starts play
October 27: Outer Mongolia and Mauritania become 102nd and 103rd members of UN
October 28: "Fiorello!" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 796 performances
October 28: Ground broken for Municipal (Shea) Stadium for New York Mets
October 29: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
October 30: Soviet Party Congress unanimously approves a resolution removing Stalin's body from Lenin's tomb in Red Square
October 30: Soviet Union tests a 58 megaton hydrogen bomb
October 30: U.N. unanimously elects U Thant acting Secretary General of the U.N.
October 31: Federal judge rules that Birmingham, Alabama, laws against integrated playing fields are illegal
October 31: Hurricane Hattie, kills 400 in British Honduras


November 2: "Kean" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 92 performances
November 2: Max Frisch' "Andorra," premieres in Zurich
November 3: General Assembly unanimously elects U Thant acting secretary general
November 4: Karamanlis becomes premier of Greece
November 5: India's premier Nehru arrives in New York
November 5: St. Louis Cardinals Bill Stacy, returns 2 interceptions for TDs vs Dallas
November 6: U.S. government issues a stamp honoring 100th birthday of James Naismith
November 7: France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
November 8: Whitey Ford is voted Cy Young Award winner over Warren Spahn
November 9: Paddy Chayefsky's "Gideon," premieres in New York City
November 9: PGA eliminates caucasians only rule
November 9: USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 30,970m
November 11: Congolese soldiers murder 13 Italian United Nations pilots
November 11: Molotov, Malenkov and Kaganovitsj kicked out of Russia's Communist Party
November 11: Stalingrad renamed Volgograd
November 13: WCBB TV channel 10 in Augusta, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
November 15: Comet C/1961 T1 (Seki) approaches within 0.1019 AUs of Earth
November 15: Roger Maris is voted AL MVP
November 15: U.N. bans nuclear arms
November 16: Great Britain limits immigration from Commonwealth countries
November 18: "Gay Life" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 113 performances
November 18: John F. Kennedy sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam
November 18: "Kwamina" closes at 54th St. Theater New York City after 32 performances
November 18: U.S. Ranger 2 launched to Moon; failed
November 19: Houston George Blanda passes for 7 touchdowns vs New York Titans (49-13)
November 20: WPLG TV channel 10 in Miami, Florida (ABC) begins broadcasting
November 22: Frank Robinson is 1st to win MVPs in both major leagues
November 22: Producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman announce expensive publicity campaign to make Sean Connery (James Bond) a star
November 22: St. Louis Hawk Bob Pettit sets NBA record, hitting 19 of 19 free throws
November 25: NBA's Bob Cousy becomes 2nd player to score 15,000 points
November 26: For 2nd time in his career, St. Louis' Jerry Norton has 4 interceptions
November 26: Pro Baseball Rules Committee votes 8-1 against legalizing the spitball
November 27: Gordie Howe becomes 1st to play in 1,000 NHL games
November 27: KHAW TV channel 11 in Hilo, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
November 28: Ernest Davis is 1st black to win Heisman Trophy
November 28: General Meeting of United Nations debates about New-Guinea
November 28: Martin Walser's "Der Abstecher," premieres in Munich
November 29: Freedom Riders attacked by white mob at bus station in Miss
November 29: John A McCone replaces Allen W Dulles as 6th director of CIA
November 29: Mercury-Atlas 5 carries a chimp (Enos) to orbit
November 30: Billy Williams of the Cubs is voted NL Rookie of Year
November 30: U.S.S.R. vetoes Kuwaits application for United Nations membership


December 2: Fidel Castro declares he's a Marxist, and will lead Cuba to Communism
December 2: Wind Bell, journal of San Francisco Zen Center, begins publishing
December 3: Anton Geesink becomes 1st not-Japanese judo world champion
December 3: Beatles meet future manager Brian Epstein
December 3: George Blanda of Houston Oilers kicks 55-yard field goal
December 3: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
December 4: Floyd Patterson KOs Tom McNeeley in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
December 4: Museum of Modern Art hangs Matisse's Le Bateau upside down for 47 days
December 4: Smallest New York Knick, 49th St. MSG crowd-1,300 (snowstorm)
December 4: Tanganyika becomes 104th member of UN
December 4: WXGeorgia TV channel 8 in Waycross, Georgia (PBS) begins broadcasting
December 6: 27th Heisman Trophy Award: Ernie Davis, Syracuse (HB)
December 8: Antwerp Belgium diocese forms
December 8: Larry Costello scores 32 consecutive pts without a miss (NBA rec)
December 8: South Africa vs. New Zealand, Durban debuts for Eddie Barlow and Peter Pollock
December 8: Wilt Chamberlain scores the 2nd highest total in the NBA - 78
December 9: "From the Second City" closes at Royale Theater New York City after 87 performances
December 9: "Let It Ride" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City after 68 performances
December 9: SS Col Adolf Eichmann found guilty of war crimes in Israel
December 9: Tanganyika gains independence from Britain takes name Tanzania
December 9: Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY
December 10: Dr. Ruth marries Fred Westheimer
December 10: Houston Oiler Billy Cannon gains record 373 yards against Titans
December 10: U.S. performs nuclear test at Carlsbad New Mexico (underground)
December 10: U.S.S.R. and Albania break diplomatic relations
December 11: Adolf Eichmann is found guilty of war crimes, in Israel
December 11: Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii," album goes to #1 and stays #1 for 20 weeks
December 11: John F. Kennedy provides U.S. miltary helicopters and crews to South Vietnam
December 11: "Please, Mr. Postman" by Marvelettes, released
December 12: Ham radio satellite Oscar 1 launched with military Discoverer 36
December 12: Martin Luther King, Jr. and 700 demonstraters arrested in Albany, Georgia
December 13: Beatles sign a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein
December 13: Gideon Hausner in Jerusalem demands death penalty for Adolf Eichmann
December 13: Jimmy Dean's Big Bad John album is country music 1st million $ seller
December 14: Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" is 1st country song to get a gold record
December 15: Adolf Eichmann convicted of crimes against humanity in Israel
December 15: Equal access rule, political parties get TV broadcasting time
December 15: John F. Kennedy visits Puerto Rico
December 15: L J Suenens appointed archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels
December 16: "Evening with Yves Montand" opens at John Golden New York City after 55 performances
December 17: Disgruntled employee set fire to a circus tent in Niteroi Brazil
December 17: India seizes Goa and 2 other Portuguese colonies
December 17: Niteroi Circus of Rio de Janeiro catches fire; 323 die
December 18: Britain's EMI Records originally rejects the Beatles
December 18: For 2nd cons year, AP names Wilma Rudolph female athlete of year
December 18: India annexes Portuguese colonies of Goa, Damao and Diu
December 18: KAIL TV channel 53 in Fresno, California (IND) begins broadcasting
December 18: Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 78 points vs LA
December 19: British government begins decimal coin system
December 19: Indonesian President Sukarno proclaims general mobilization
December 21: Beatles record "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Ready Teddy"
December 21: John F. Kennedy and British Prime Minister MacMillan meet in Bermuda
December 22: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
December 23: Fidel Castro announces Cuba will release 1,113 prisoners from failed 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion for $62M worth of food and medical supplies
December 23: KICU TV channel 43 in Visalia-Fresno, California (IND) begins broadcasting
December 23: Train accident in Italy, 70 die
December 24: Houston Oilers beat San Diego Chargers 10-3 in AFL championship game
December 27: Belgium and Congo resume diplomatic relations
December 27: Styne/Comden/Green's musical "Subways are for Sleeping," premieres
December 27: "Subways Are for Sleeping" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 205 performances
December 28: Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana," premieres in New York City
December 30: Moscow: premier of Dmitri Sjostakovitch' 4th Symphony (out 1936)
December 31: 1st performance of Beach Boys
December 31: Beach Boys play their debut gig under that name
December 31: Failed coup by Syrian group in Lebanon
December 31: Green Bay Packers shutout New York Giants 37-0 in NFL championship game
December 31: "lrma La Douce" closes at Plymouth Theater New York City after 527 performances
December 31: Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than $12 billion
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