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1961JFK names Henry Kissinger special advisor

1961Roger Maris hits 19th & 20th of 61 HRs

1961Mickey Wright wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Open

1961Walt Disney's "101 Dalmations" released

1961NBA's Bob Cousy becomes 2nd player to score 15,000 points

1961Robert Frost recites "Gift Outright" at JFK's inauguration

1961Milwaukee sets record of 4 consecutive HRs (Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock & Frank Thomas)

1961Whitey Ford's 3rd straight World Series shutout

1961Frank Sinatra launches Reprise label under Warner Bros Records

1961SF Giant Willie Mays hits 4 HRs in a game

1961Kenyan political activist Jomo Kenyatta released from jail after 9 years. Imprisoned during 1952 Mau Mau rebellion with other nationalist leaders by British authorities

1961In a speech John F. Kennedy emphasizes that any attack on Berlin is an attack on NATO.

196125th Golf Masters Championship: Gary Player wins, shooting a 280

1961Elvis Presley performs live on the USS Arizona

1961JFK begins underground nuclear testing

1961Barbra Streisand appears on "Jack Paar Show"

1961Bob Dylan's 1st recording session-backup harmonica for Caroline Hester

1961Floyd Patterson KOs Tom McNeeley in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

1961Gangster Joe Gallo is sentenced to 7 to 14 years in state prison for extortion

196190th British Golf Open: Arnold Palmer shoots a 284 at Royal Birkdale

1961JFK asks for an Alliance for Progress & Peace Corps

1961JFK provides US miltary helicopters & crews to South Vietnam

1961Soviet premier Khrushchev predicts USSR economy will surpass US

1961Fidel Castro declares he's a Marxist, & will lead Cuba to Communism

1961Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes 1st person to orbit Earth (Vostok 1)

196181st US Mens Tennis: Roy Emerson beats Rodney G Laver (75 63 62)

1961Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 20 wks

1961Mickey Wright wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open

1961Celtic Bill Russell grabs 40 rebounds to beat Warriors 136-125

1961Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner

1961Bob Dylan makes his 1st appearance at Folk City, Greenwich Village

1961Wilt Chamberlain scores the 2nd highest total in the NBA - 78

196175th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Rod Laver beats Chuck McKinley (63 61 64)

1961Edward Albee's "American Dream," premieres in NYC

1961Martin Luther King Jr. & 700 demonstraters arrested in Albany Ga

19611st live, nationally televised presidential news conference (JFK)

1961Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

1961Cubs Ernie Banks ends his 717 consecutive-games-played streak

1961Soviet Party Congress unanimously approves a resolution removing Stalin's body from Lenin's tomb in Red Square

1961Gordie Howe becomes 1st to play in 1,000 NHL games

1961Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Mater et Magistra

1961Roger Maris hits home run # 59 & barely misses # 60 in game 154 of the season. Yanks clinch pennant #26

1961Roger Maris sets record of 61 HRs (off of Tracy Stallard)

1961JFK visits Charles de Gaulle in Paris

1961Pulitzer prize awarded to Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

1961Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961

1961St Louis Hawk Bob Pettit sets NBA record, hitting 19 of 19 free throws

1961Mickey Wright wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship

1961JFK sets goal of putting a man on Moon before the end of decade

1961Whitey Ford is voted Cy Young Award winner over Warren Spahn

1961After a 4½ year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted on treason charge

1961Bob Dylan injured in car accident

1961Museum of Modern Art hangs Matisse's Le Bateau upside down for 47 days

1961Jimmy Stewart accepts an honorary Oscar on behalf of his friend Gary Cooper, who is too ill to attend

1961Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days," premieres in NYC

1961Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 78 points vs LA

1961JFK sets up the Alliance for Progress

1961US vice-president Lyndon B. Johnson visits West Berlin

1961Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Mater et magistrate

1961Roger Maris hits HR #60 off Jack Fisher, tying Babe Ruth's record

1961Roger Maris loses a HR (of his 61) due to a rain-out in 5th

1961Roger Maris is voted AL MVP

1961Mickey Wright wins LPGA Spokane Women's Golf Open

1961NY Yankee Roger Maris hits his 25th of 61 HRs

1961NY Museum of Modern Art hangs Henri Matisse's "Le Bateau" upside-down It wasn't corrected until December 3rd

196133rd Academy Awards - "Apartment" wins best film, Burt Lancaster & Elizabeth Taylor win best actor/actress

1961JFK sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam

1961Mickey Wright wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open

19613rd Grammy Awards: Theme From a Summer Place, Ray Charles wins 4

1961David Ben-Gurion resigns as Prime Minister of Israel

1961Oriole Jack Fisher walks 12 LA Angels in a 9 inning game

1961Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Bill Brannin's Swing Parade Golf Tournament

1961JFK & Khrushchev meet in Vienna

1961Roger Maris hits 4 home runs, in a doubleheader

1961Mickey Wright wins LPGA Miami Golf Open

1961Ernie Banks ends 717 consecutive-games-played streak

1961Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 67 points vs NY

1961Robert 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

1961Willie Mays is 4th major leaguer with 3 or more HRs twice in a season

1961Jane Fonda made her acting debut in the NBC drama "A String of Beads"

1961Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba

1961Fran Tarkenton plays his first NFL Game against the Chicago Bears, coming off the bench to lead the Vikings to a 37-13 victory, also becoming the only QB to throw four touchdown passes in his first career game

1961Mickey Wright wins LPGA Columbus Golf Open

196116th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright

1961Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana," premieres in NYC

1961Mickey Mantle becomes 7th to hit HR # 400

1961Premier Fidel Castro of Cuba receives Lenin-Peace Prize

1961JFK advises Americans to build fallout shelters

1961"Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley peaks to #1

1961Yank Whitey Ford breaks Ruth record of 29 2/3 consecutive inning

1961Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sacramento Valley Golf Open

1961Fidel Castro announces Cuba will release 1,113 prisoners from failed 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion for $62M worth of food & medical supplies

1961JFK accepts "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs

1961Producers Albert Broccoli & Harry Saltzman announce expensive publicity campaign to make Sean Connery (James Bond) a star

1961 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
Briggs Stadium is renamed Tigers Stadium 
Jan 1
Houston Oilers beat LA Chargers 24-16 in AFL championship game 
Jan 1
Largest check issued, Natl Bank of Chicago to Sears ($960.242 billion) 
Jan 1
Russia introduces a new ruble worth $1.11 
Jan 2
1st AFL Championship Game, Houston Oilers beat LA Chargers 24-16 
Jan 2
Hawaii's, then all time low temperature, 14°F recorded atop Haleakale 
Jan 3
Adam Clayton Powell elected Chairman of House Education & Labor 
Jan 3
US breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba 
Jan 4
Longest recorded strike ends-33 yrs-Danish barbers' assistants 
Jan 5
US breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba 
Jan 7
1st NFL Playoff Bowl (runner-up bowl)-Detroit beats Cleveland 17-16 
Jan 7
Trucial States (now UAE) issue their 1st postage stamps 
Jan 8
Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Yvor Winters 
Jan 9
Twins agree on $500,000 payment to AA for Minn/St Paul territory 
Jan 11
Racial riot at University of Georgia 
Jan 12
"Show Girl" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 100 performances 
Jan 12
UN genocide pact goes into effect 
Jan 14
Chic Bear Willard Dewveall becomes 1st NFLer to join AFL 
Jan 15
NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 35-31 
Jan 15
Suggs wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational Open 
Jan 15
Supremes signed with Motown Records 
Jan 16
"Conquering Hero" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 8 performances 
Jan 16
Russian espionage ring detected in Great Britain 
Jan 17
Eisenhower allegedly orders assassination of Congo's Lumumba 
Jan 17
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 18
Zanzibar's Afro-Shirazi party wins 1 seat by a single vote & parliament by a single seat 
Jan 19
1st episode for "Dick Van Dyke Show" is filmed 
Jan 20
Arthur M Ramsay becomes archbishop of Canterbury 
Jan 20
Francis Poulenc's "Gloria," premieres in Boston 
Jan 20
Robert Frost recites "Gift Outright" at JFK's inauguration 
Jan 20
Yugoslav ex-vice-president Milovan Djilas flees 
Jan 21
"Conquering Hero" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 8 performances 
Jan 21
KIFI TV channel 8 in Idaho Falls, ID (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Jan 21
Portuguese rebels seize cruise ship Santa Maria 
Jan 23
Supreme Court rules cities & states have right to censor films 
Jan 23
Venezuela adopts constitution 
Jan 24
Edward Albee's "American Dream," premieres in NYC 
Jan 24
Lazard Brothers Ltd draw a check for $334,867,807.68 
Jan 25
1st live, nationally televised presidential news conference (JFK
Jan 25
Louise Suggs wins LPGA Naples Pro-Am Golf Tournament 
Jan 25
Military coup in El Salvador 
Jan 25
Walt Disney's "101 Dalmations" released 
Jan 26
"Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley peaks to #1 
Jan 26
1st woman "personal physician to president"-JG Travell 
Jan 27
"Sing Along with Mitch" [Miller] premieres on NBC TV 
Jan 28
Republic of Rwanda proclaimed 
Jan 29
US female Figure Skating championship won by Laurence Owen 
Jan 29
US male Figure Skating championship won by Bradley Lord 
Jan 30
Bobby Darin is youngest performer to headline a TV special on NBC 
Jan 30
JFK asks for an Alliance for Progress & Peace Corps 
Jan 30
KAET TV channel 8 in Phoenix, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Jan 30
Lance Gibbs takes hat-trick (Mackay, Grout, Misson) at Adelaide 
Jan 31
David Ben-Gurion resigns as Prime Minister of Israel 
Jan 31
Ham the chimpanzee is 1st primate in space (158 miles) aboard Mercury/Redstone 2 
Jan 31
Houston voters approve bond to finance luxury domed stadium 
Jan 31
Kanhai completes twin tons (117 & 115) v Aust at Adelaide 
Jan 31
NATO secretary-general Paul-Henri Spaak says he'll resign 
Jan 31
USAF launches Samos spy satellite to replace U-2 flights 
Feb 1
1st full-scale test of US Minuteman ICBM is successful 
Feb 1
British minister Enoch Powell makes medical insurance more expensive 
Feb 1
Mackay & Kline hang on for 100 mins for cricket draw vs West Indies 
Feb 2
Prince Bernhard opens new RAI building in Amsterdam 
Feb 3
6th largest snowfall in NYC history (17.4" (44.2cm)) 
Feb 4
Sputnik 7 launches into Earth orbit; probable Venus probe failure 
Feb 6
"Jail, No Bail" Jail-in movement starts in Rock Hill SC 
Feb 6
KOAP TV channel 10 in Portland, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Feb 7
Jane Fonda made her acting debut in the NBC drama "A String of Beads" 
Feb 9
Joseph Ileo appointed premier of Congo 
Feb 10
AFL's LA Chargers move to San Diego 
Feb 10
Niagara Falls hydroelectric project begins producing power 
Feb 10
Walter Piston's 7th Symphony, premieres 
Feb 11
Robert Weaver sworn in with then highest federal post by a black 
Feb 12
Celtic Bill Russell grabs 40 rebounds to beat Warriors 136-125 
Feb 12
Mickey Wright wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open 
Feb 12
Mushtaq Mohammad scores 1st Test Cricket century at 17 yrs 82 days 
Feb 12
USSR launches Venera 1 toward Venus 
Feb 13
Frank Sinatra launches Reprise label under Warner Bros Records 
Feb 13
Soviet Union fires a rocket from Sputnik V to Venus 
Feb 14
Element 103, Lawrencium, 1st produced in Berkeley Calif 
Feb 14
Louise Suggs wins LPGA Royal Poinciana Golf Invitational 
Feb 15
Australia beat West Indies 2-1 in one of best Test Cricket series ever 
Feb 15
Entire US figure skating team of 18, dies in Belgian Sabena 707 crash 
Feb 16
1st all-solid-propellant rocket put in orbit, Wallops Island, Va 
Feb 16
China uses its 1st nuclear reactor 
Feb 16
US satellite Explorer 9 is launched 
Feb 18
Henk van der Grift becomes world champion skater 
Feb 19
Albania disavows Chinese "Revisionism" 
Feb 19
Henk van der Grift (Neth) becomes world champ all-round skater 
Feb 21
Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Die Physiker," premieres in Zurich 
Feb 21
Gabon adopts constitution 
Feb 21
Mercury-Atlas 2 reentry Test reaches 172 km 
Feb 24
Explorer (10) fails to reach Earth orbit 
Feb 25
Niagara ends St Bonaventura's 99-game home basketball win streak 
Feb 25
Paul Bikle in glider climbs from 1208 m at release to record 14,10 
Feb 27
The first congress of the Spanish Trade Union Organisation is inaugurated. 
Feb 28
JFK names Henry Kissinger special advisor 
Mar 1
Cellist Jacqueline du Prés debut in Wigmore Hall 
Mar 1
President Kennedy establishes the Peace Corp 
Mar 2
"13 Daughters" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 28 performances 
Mar 3
King Hassan II's ascends to throne of Morocco 
Mar 4
Paul-Henri Spaak resigns as sec-gen of NATO 
Mar 6
1st London minicabs introduced 
Mar 6
Dutch Queen Juliana celebrates 12½ year jubilee 
Mar 6
Dutch guilder revalued 4.74% 
Mar 8
Jean Kerr's "Mary, Mary" premieres in NYC 
Mar 8
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 9
1st animal returned from space, dog named Blackie aboard Sputnik 9 
Mar 9
Mine cave-in in Japan, kills 72 
Mar 9
Sputnik 9 carries Chernushka (dog) into orbit 
Mar 9
Supremes release "I Want A Guy" & "Never Again" 
Mar 11
Then NHL record 40 penalties, Black Hawks & Maple Leafs (20 each) 
Mar 12
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Miami Golf Open 
Mar 13
Elizabeth Gurley Finn (70) becomes pres of US Communist Party 
Mar 13
Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 6 for heavyweight boxing title 
Mar 13
JFK sets up the Alliance for Progress 
Mar 13
Landslide in USSR, kills 145 
Mar 13
Old type, black & white notes cease to be legal tender 
Mar 14
George Weiss becomes pres of NY Mets 
Mar 15
South Africa withdrews from British Commonwealth 
Mar 17
NY DA arrests professional gamblers who implicate Seton Hall players 
Mar 17
South Africa leaves British Commonwealth 
Mar 18
Poppin' Fresh Pillsbury Dough Boy introduced 
Mar 21
Art Modell purchases Cleveland Browns for then record ($3,925,000) 
Mar 21
Beatles' 1st appearance at the Cavern Club 
Mar 24
NY Senate approves $55M for a baseball stadium at Flushing Meadows 
Mar 25
"13 Daughters" closes at 54th St Theater NYC after 28 performances 
Mar 25
"Gypsy" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 702 performances 
Mar 25
23rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Cin beats Ohio State 70-65 (OT) 
Mar 25
Elvis Presley performs live on the USS Arizona 
Mar 25
Explorer 10 launched into elongated Earth orbit (177/181,000 km) 
Mar 25
Sputnik 10 carries a dog into Earth orbit; later recovered 
Mar 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 
Mar 26
Louise Suggs wins LPGA Golden Circle of Golf Festival 
Mar 27
Black demonstrators in Charleston staged ride-ins on street cars 
Mar 27
Belgium government of Eyskens resigns 
Mar 27
Failed assassination attempt on King Saif al-Islam Achmad of Yemen 
Mar 29
23rd Amendment to the US Constitution ratified, allowing Washington DC residents to vote in presidential elections 
Mar 29
After a 4½ year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted on treason charge 
Mar 29
KCPT TV channel 19 in Kansas City, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Mar 30
NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 169,600' (51,690 m) 
Mar 30
The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is signed at New York. 
Mar 31
Aklilou Habtewold becomes 1st premier of Ethiopia 
Apr 3
"Happiest Girl in the World" opens at Martin Beck NYC for 97 perfs 
Apr 3
Connie Mack Stadium in Phila is sold to J Schleifer Properties 
Apr 5
Barbra Streisand appears on "Jack Paar Show" 
Apr 5
Dutch governor Platteel installs New Guinea Council 
Apr 8
"Show Girl" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 100 perfs 
Apr 8
British liner "Dara" explodes in Persian Gulf, kills 236 
Apr 10
25th Golf Masters Championship: Gary Player wins, shooting a 280 
Apr 10
Adolf Eichmann tried as a war criminal in Israel 
Apr 10
Dutch foreign minister Luns talks to JFK about New Guinea 
Apr 10
New Wash Senators loses 1st regular-season game 4-3 to White Sox 
Apr 11
Trial of Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem 
Apr 11
Bob Dylan makes his 1st appearance at Folk City, Greenwich Village 
Apr 11
15th NBA Championship: Bos Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 1 
Apr 11
Adolf Eichmann trial begins in Israel 
Apr 11
Austrian 4th & last government of Raab resigns 
Apr 11
Israel begins Adolf Eichmann WW II crimes trial 
Apr 12
3rd Grammy Awards: Theme From a Summer Place, Ray Charles wins 4 
Apr 12
Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner 
Apr 12
Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes 1st person to orbit Earth (Vostok 1) 
Apr 13
"Carnival!" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 719 performances 
Apr 13
UN General Assembly condemns South-Africa's apartheid 
Apr 14
1st live television broadcast from Soviet Union 
Apr 14
Cuban-American invasion army departs Nicaragua 
Apr 14
US element 103 (Lawrencium) discovered 
Apr 15
"Music Man" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1375 performances 
Apr 16
15th Tony Awards: Becket & Bye Bye Birdie win 
Apr 16
Louise Suggs wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open 
Apr 16
Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2 
Apr 17
1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs in a doomed attempt to overthrow Castro 
Apr 17
33rd Academy Awards - "Apartment" wins best film, Burt Lancaster & Elizabeth Taylor win best actor/actress 
Apr 17
Jimmy Stewart accepts an honorary Oscar on behalf of his friend Gary Cooper, who is too ill to attend 
Apr 18
CONCP is founded in Casablanca as a united front of African movements opposing Portuguese colonial rule. 
Apr 19
65th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:39 
Apr 20
American Harold Graham makes 1st rocket belt flight 
Apr 21
Dirk Stikker chosen as secretary general of NATO 
Apr 21
French army revolts in Algeria 
Apr 21
USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 32,000 m 
Apr 22
Uprising of French parachutist of Gen Salan/Challe in Algeria 
Apr 23
"Tenderloin" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 216 performances 
Apr 23
Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open 
Apr 23
Algiers putsch by French generals. 
Apr 24
JFK accepts "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs 
Apr 24
Vasa, which sunk on her maiden voyage in 1628, is raised 
Apr 24
The 17th century Swedish ship Vasa is salvaged. 
Apr 25
"Young Abe Lincoln" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 27 perfs 
Apr 25
France performs nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds Algeria 
Apr 25
Mercury/Atlas rocket lifted off with an electronic mannequin 
Apr 25
Premier Moise Tsjombe of Katanga arrested in Congo 
Apr 25
Robert Noyce patents integrated circuit 
Apr 25
Unmanned Mercury test explodes on launch pad 
Apr 26
French paratroopers' revolt suppressed in Algeria 
Apr 26
Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961 
Apr 27
NASA launches Explorer 11 into Earth orbit to study gamma rays 
Apr 27
NFL officially recognizes Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio 
Apr 27
Sierra Leone declares independence from UK 
Apr 28
Lt Col Gueorgui Mossolov takes E-66A to 34,714 m altitude 
Apr 28
Warren Spahn pitches 2nd no hitter at 41 beats SF Giants, 1-0 
Apr 29
ABC's "Wide World of Sports" debuts 
Apr 30
1st shuttle flights between Washington DC, Boston & NYC begin (Eastern) 
Apr 30
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship 
Apr 30
Premier Fidel Castro of Cuba receives Lenin-Peace Prize 
Apr 30
SF Giant Willie Mays hits 4 HRs in a game 
May 1
1st US 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 (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
1st on-the-road Spacemobile lecture given. 
May 4
CORE begins freedom rides from Washington, DC 
May 4
Malcolm Ross & 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
"Young Abe Lincoln" closes at Eugene O'Neill NYC after 27 perfs 
May 7
Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open 
May 8
1st practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport, Texas 
May 8
Alan Shepard receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Washington 
May 9
Balt 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
Mikhail Botvinnik wins world chess championship for 3rd time 
May 14
Bus with 1st group of Freedom Riders bombed & burned in Alabama 
May 14
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Columbus Golf Open 
May 14
Stirling Moss wins the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix 
May 15
"Bonanza" by Al Caiola Orchestra hits #19 
May 15
36 Unification church couples wed in Korea 
May 15
Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Mater et Magistra 
May 16
13th Emmy Awards: Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr & Barbara Stanwyck win 
May 17
Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers 
May 18
"Donnybrook!" opens at 46th St Theater NYC 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
"Mother-In-Law" by Ernie K-Doe hits #1 
May 22
"Touchables In Brooklyn" by Dickie Goodman hits #42 
May 22
1st revolving restaurant (Top Of The Needle in Seattle) opens 
May 24
27 Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, Mississippi 
May 24
Explorer (12) fails to reach Earth orbit 
May 24
Cyprus joins the Council of Europe. 
May 25
JFK 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 25
President Kennedy announces US goal to reach Moon 
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 US, sets then long jump record at 27' ½" 
May 28
Amnesty Intl founded (Nobel Peace Prize 1977) 
May 28
Last trip (Paris to Bucharest) on Orient Express (after 78 years) 
May 28
Record 27 HRs hit in 7 AL games 
May 30
Dutch DC-8 crashes after takeoff at Lisbon, 62 die 
May 30
Maris hits his 10th & 11th of 61 HRs 
May 30
Long time Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo is assassinated in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 
May 30
Indianapolis 500: A.J. Foyt wins in 3:35:37.540 (223.908 km/h) 
May 31
Benfica wins 6th Europe Cup 1 at Bern 
May 31
Chuck Berry's amusement park, Berryland in St Louis, opens 
May 31
JFK 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 
Jun 1
FM multiplex stereo broadcasting 1st heard 
Jun 3
"Wildcat" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 172 performances 
Jun 3
93rd Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Sherluck wins in 2:29.2 
Jun 3
JFK & Khrushchev meet in Vienna 
Jun 4
Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Western Golf Open 
Jun 8
Test Cricket debut of William Morris Lawry, v England at Edgbaston, 57 
Jun 8
Milwaukee sets record of 4 consecutive HRs (Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock & Frank Thomas) 
Jun 9
Ryne Duren sets AL record with 7 straight strikeouts against Red Sox 
Jun 11
"Winston Churchill" last airs on ABC-TV 
Jun 11
Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament 
Jun 11
Norm Cash becomes 1st Det Tiger to hit a ball out of Tiger Stadium 
Jun 11
Roger Maris hits 19th & 20th of 61 HRs 
Jun 12
An ailing Bill Veeck sells his interest in White Sox to Arthur Allyn 
Jun 12
Dutch Lockheed Electricity "Sirius" accident at Cairo, kills 20 
Jun 13
"Billy Barnes People" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 8 performances 
Jun 14
106°F, hottest temperature in SF 
Jun 15
Expansion Wash Senators are 30-30, latest date an expansion team will be at .500, Washington will lose their next 10 games 
Jun 16
Dave Garroway is fired as Today Show host 
Jun 16
Discoverer 25 launched 
Jun 16
Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West in Paris 
Jun 17
"Billy Barnes People" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 8 perfs 
Jun 17
61st US Golf Open: Gene Littler shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich 
Jun 17
Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev defects to west in Frankfurt 
Jun 18
CBS radio cancels Gunsmoke 
Jun 18
KBMT TV channel 12 in Beaumont, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Jun 18
Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open 
Jun 19
"Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)" by Coasters peaks at #23 
Jun 19
Charlie Finley, changes A's manager Joe Gordon (26-33) for Hank Bauer 
Jun 19
Kuwait declares independence from UK 
Jun 19
NY Yankee Roger Maris hits his 25th of 61 HRs 
Jun 19
US Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland's constitution requiring state office holders to believe in God 
Jun 22
Moise Tsjombe freed from prison in Congo 
Jun 22
Beatles record Aint She Sweet, Cry for a Shadow, When the Saints Go Marching In, Why, Nobody's Child & My Bonnie, in Hamburg 
Jun 23
The Antarctic Treaty, ensuring that Antarctica is used for peaceful purposes; for international cooperation in scientific research; and does not become the scene or object of international discord, comes into force 
Jun 23
Cubs Ernie Banks ends his 717 consecutive-games-played streak 
Jun 23
Phillies overcome 9-0, losing 11-2 they score 4 in 8th & 6 in 9th 
Jun 23
USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to an altitude of 32,830 m 
Jun 24
"Happiest Girl in the World" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 97 perfs 
Jun 24
Beatles record "If You Love Me Baby" 
Jun 24
Iraq demands dominion over Kuwait 
Jun 25
Balt & California use a record 16 pitchers in a game (8 each) in 14 inns 
Jun 25
Iraq announces that Kuwait is a part of Iraq (Kuwait disagrees) 
Jun 27
Ghana imposes a total ban on exports to South Africa and South West Africa 
Jun 28
Phils & SF set then record longest night game (5h11m) 7-7 15 inn tie 
Jun 29
Launch of Transit 4a, with 1st nuclear power supply (SNAP-3) 
Jun 29
Willie Mays is 4th major leaguer with 3 or more HRs twice in a season 
Jun 29
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) calls for South Africa's withdrawal at the Geneva Conference in protest of the racial policies of the South African government 
Jun 30
Buddy Rogers beats Pat O'Conner in Chicago, to become NWA champ 
Jun 30
Explorer (12) fails to reach Earth orbit 
Jul 1
16th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright 
Jul 1
Haleakala National Park forms in Hawaii 
Jul 1
KNDU TV channel 25 in Richland-Pasco-Kennew, WA (NBC) 1st broadcast 
Jul 2
Maris hits 29th & 30th en route to 61 homers 
Jul 4
Walt Disney is one of the two main speakers on the Independence Day in The Rebuild Hills at Skørping in Denmark 
Jul 5
80 die in collisions in Algiers 
Jul 5
KUSD TV channel 2 in Vermillion, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Jul 5
St Louis Cardinal Bill White hits 3 HRs & a double 
Jul 6
Portuguese ship explodes near Mozambique, kills 300 
Jul 7
75th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Rod Laver beats Chuck McKinley (63 61 64) 
Jul 7
James R Hoffa elected chairman of Teamsters 
Jul 8
Fred Trueman takes 5-0 in 24 balls to rip through Aussies 
Jul 8
Portuguese steamer "Save" breaks up off Mozambique, 227 die 
Jul 11
30th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 in 10 at Candlestick Pk, SF 
Jul 11
Gene Kiniski beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ 
Jul 14
Astro's Eddie Matthews hits HR #500 
Jul 14
Finland's Miettunen government forms 
Jul 14
Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Mater et magistrate 
Jul 15
"Donnybrook!" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 68 performances 
Jul 15
90th British Golf Open: Arnold Palmer shoots a 284 at Royal Birkdale 
Jul 15
Spain accepts equal rights for men & women 
Jul 16
Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Tippecanoe Golf Open 
Jul 16
Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 2" 
Jul 17
John Chancellor becomes news anchor of Today Show 
Jul 17
Roger Maris loses a HR (of his 61) due to a rain-out in 5th 
Jul 18
Commissioner Ford Frick rules Babe Ruth's record of 60 HR in 154-game sched in 1927, must be broken in 1st 154 of 162 games 
Jul 19
1st in-flight movie shown (TWA) 
Jul 20
French military forces break the Tunisian siege of Bizerte. 
Jul 21
Launch of Mercury 4 (Liberty Bell) with Grissom 
Jul 22
WBNB TV channel 10 in Charlotte Amaile, VI (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Jul 23
Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Golf Open 
Jul 23
Bricusse & Newley's musical "Stop the world I want to ..." premieres 
Jul 24
Beginning of a trend, a US commercial plane is hijacked to Cuba 
Jul 24
Edwin Newman becomes news anchor of Today Show 
Jul 24
Roger Maris hits 4 home runs, in a doubleheader 
Jul 25
Maris hits home runs 37, 38, 39 & 40 in a doubleheader 
Jul 25
In a speech John F. Kennedy emphasizes that any attack on Berlin is an attack on NATO. 
Jul 29
Bob Dylan injured in car accident 
Jul 29
Phillies lose 1st of 23 straight games 
Jul 29
Wallis & Futuna Islands become a French overseas territory 
Jul 30
43rd PGA Championship: Jerry Barber shoots a 277 at Olympia Fields IL 
Jul 30
Judy Kimball wins LPGA American Women's Golf Open 
Jul 31
31st All Star Baseball Game: 1-1 tie ends by rain at Fenway, Boston 
Jul 31
Israel welcomes its 1,000,000th immigrant 
Aug 1
Benaud rips through England team for Aussie win at Old Trafford 
Aug 1
German DR limits traffic to West Berlin 
Aug 1
New SF Hall of Justice opens 
Aug 1
Whitney Young Jr named executive director of National Urban League 
Aug 2
Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club 
Aug 2
Cyrille Adula becomes premier of Congo 
Aug 2
St Louis Cards (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 36-7 in Toronto 
Aug 4
108°F, Spokane, WA 
Aug 4
28th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 28, All-Stars 14 (66,000) 
Aug 5
118°F (48°C), Ice Harbor Dam, Washington (state record) 
Aug 5
Chic Bears (NFL) beat Mont Alouettes (CFL) 34-16 in Montreal 
Aug 6
Gherman S Titov, 2nd Russian in space aboard Vostok 2 (17 orbits) 
Aug 6
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open 
Aug 6
1st case of motion sickness in space reported 
Aug 7
Cosmonaut Gherman Titov circles Earth for a full day in Vostok 2 
Aug 7
Soviet premier Khrushchev predicts USSR economy will surpass US 
Aug 8
Ham Tigercats (CFL) beat Buff Bills (NFL) 38-21 in Hamilton, Ontario 
Aug 8
Verne Gagne beats Gene Kiniski in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ 
Aug 9
James B Parsons is 1st black appointed to Federal District Court 
Aug 10
UK applies for membership of the European Common Market 
Aug 11
Warren Spahn records victory #300, beats Cubs 2-1 
Aug 13
Construction of the Berlin Wall begins in East Germany 
Aug 13
Louise Suggs wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open 
Aug 14
Philadelphia Phillies lose 17th straight game 
Aug 15
Keiyo Road is specified as the first driveway in Japan. 
Aug 16
250,000 West Berliners demonstrate against East Berlin 
Aug 16
Martin L King protests for black voting right in Miami 
Aug 17
Kennedy administration establishes Alliance for Progress 
Aug 19
US vice-president Lyndon B. Johnson visits West Berlin 
Aug 20
Phillies set then dubious record of 23 straight loses, beat Braves 
Aug 20
East Germany begins erecting 5' high wall along the border with the west to replace the barbed wire put up Aug 13 
Aug 21
Kenyan political activist Jomo Kenyatta released from jail after 9 years. Imprisoned during 1952 Mau Mau rebellion with other nationalist leaders by British authorities 
Aug 22
Maris hits his 50th of 61 homers 
Aug 23
Belgium sends troops to Rwanda-Urundi 
Aug 23
East Germany imposed new curbs on travel between West & East Berlin 
Aug 23
US lunar probe Ranger 1 reaches 190 km from Earth, falls back 
Aug 24
Windward Islands' Airways International (Winair) forms 
Aug 24
Former South African nazi leader Johannes Vorster becomes South Africa's minister of justice 
Aug 25
Brazilian president Janio Quadros, resigns 
Aug 26
Official International Hockey Hall of Fame opens in Toronto 
Aug 27
Francis the Talking Mule is mystery guest on "What's My Line" 
Aug 27
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Spokane Women's Golf Open 
Aug 30
1st Negro judge of a US District Court confirmed-JB Parsons 
Aug 30
J B Parsons is 1st African American judge of a US District Court 
Aug 30
Last Spanish troops leave Morocco 
Aug 30
Oriole Jack Fisher walks 12 LA Angels in a 9 inning game 
Aug 30
USSR says it will resume nuclear testing 
Aug 31
Amsterdam National Ballet forms 
Sep 1
1st conference of neutral countries held in Belgrade 
Sep 1
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Sep 1
The Eritrean War of Independence officially begins with the shooting of the Ethiopian police by Hamid Idris Awate 
Sep 4
Carol Burnette-Richard Hayes Show premieres on CBS radio 
Sep 4
US authorizes Agency for International Development 
Sep 5
JFK begins underground nuclear testing 
Sep 5
President Kennedy signs law against hijacking (death penalty) 
Sep 5
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Sep 6
USSR performs nuclear test at Kapustin Yar USSR 
Sep 9
Maria Beale Fletcher (NC), 19, crowned 34th Miss America 1962 
Sep 10
75th US Womens Tennis: Darlene R Hard beats Ann Haydon Jones (63 64) 
Sep 10
81st US Mens Tennis: Roy Emerson beats Rodney G Laver (75 63 62) 
Sep 10
Mickey Mantle becomes 7th to hit HR # 400 
Sep 10
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Sep 10
Italian Grand Prix, a crash causes the death of German driver Wolfgang von Trips and 13 spectators hit by his Ferrari. 
Sep 11
Foundation of the World Wildlife Fund. 
Sep 12
NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 34,840 m 
Sep 12
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Sep 13
"Car 54 Where are You?" premieres on TV 
Sep 13
Battles between UN & Katanga troops in Congo 
Sep 13
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Sep 13
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Sep 13
Unmanned Mercury-Atlas 4 launched into Earth orbit 
Sep 14
Dmitri Shostakovitch becomes member of CP of USSR 
Sep 14
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Sep 15
61st US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus 
Sep 15
Hurricane Carla strikes Texas with winds of 175 mph 
Sep 16
CDU loses West German election 
Sep 16
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Sep 16
WLKY TV channel 32 in Louisville, KY (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Sep 17
Minnesota Vikings' 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13) 
Sep 17
Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days," premieres in NYC 
Sep 17
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Sep 17
Fran Tarkenton plays his first NFL Game against the Chicago Bears, coming off the bench to lead the Vikings to a 37-13 victory, also becoming the only QB to throw four touchdown passes in his first career game 
Sep 18
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Sep 19
Betty and Barney Hill claim that they saw a mysterious craft in the sky and that it tried to abduct them. 
Sep 20
After 84 1/3 innings Bill Fischer gives up a base on balls 
Sep 20
James Meredith refused access as a student in Mississippi 
Sep 20
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Sep 20
Roger Maris hits home run # 59 & barely misses # 60 in game 154 of the season. Yanks clinch pennant #26 
Sep 21
Antonio Abertondo swims English Channel round trip (44 miles) 
Sep 21
Maiden flight of the CH-47 Chinook transportation helicopter. 
Sep 22
Antonio Albertondo (Argentina) at 42, completes 1st "double" crossing swim of English Channel in 43 hrs 10 min 
Sep 22
Jim Gentile's ties record of 5 grand slams in a year 
Sep 23
1st movie to become a TV series-How to Marry a Millionaire 
Sep 23
Ernie Banks ends 717 consecutive-games-played streak 
Sep 24
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sacramento Valley Golf Open 
Sep 25
KTPS TV channel 62 in Tacoma, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Sep 26
"From the Second City" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 87 performances 
Sep 26
Roger Maris hits HR #60 off Jack Fisher, tying Babe Ruth's record 
Sep 27
Sandy Koufax sets NL strikeout season record at 269 
Sep 27
Sierre Leone becomes 100th member of UN 
Sep 28
"Doctor Kildare" debuts on NBC-TV 
Sep 28
"Hazel" starring Shirley Booth debuts on NBC-TV 
Sep 28
"Purlie Victorious", a farce by Ossie Davis, opens on Broadway 
Sep 28
Syria withdraws from United Arab Republic 
Sep 28
USN Comdr Forrest S Petersen takes X-15 to 30,720 m 
Sep 28
Walt Disney's movie "Grey Friars Bobby" premieres 
Sep 29
"Detectives" TV Crime Drama; moves to NBC-TV 
Sep 29
Bob Dylan's 1st recording session-backup harmonica for Caroline Hester 
Sep 29
Mamum Kuzbari becomes premier of Syria 
Sep 30
Bill for Boston Tea Party is paid by Mayor Snyder of Oregon who wrote a check for $196, the total cost of all tea lost 
Oct 1
A volcanco believed to be extinct erupts in Tristan da Cunha 
Oct 1
East & West Cameroon merge as Federal Republic of Cameroon 
Oct 1
KGIN TV channel 11 in Grand Island, NB (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Oct 1
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Open 
Oct 1
Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovitsch's 12nd Symphony 
Oct 1
Roger Maris sets record of 61 HRs (off of Tracy Stallard) 
Oct 1
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Oct 1
WOLO TV channel 25 in Columbia, SC (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Oct 1
WYAH TV channel 27 in Portsmouth, VA (IND) begins broadcasting 
Oct 2
"Ben Casey" premieres on NBC-TV 
Oct 2
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Oct 2
WETA TV channel 26 in Washington, DC (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Oct 2
WHRO TV channel 15 in Hampton-Norfolk, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Oct 3
"Dick Van Dyke Show" premieres on CBS-TV 
Oct 3
"Mr Ed" premieres 
Oct 3
"Sail Away" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 167 performances 
Oct 3
KMED (now KTVL) TV channel 10 in Medford, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Oct 4
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Oct 4
Whitey Ford's 3rd straight World Series shutout 
Oct 5
China & Nepal sign treaty 
Oct 6
JFK advises Americans to build fallout shelters 
Oct 6
USSR performs nuclear tests at Kapustin Yar & Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Oct 7
"Bye Bye Birdie" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 607 perfs 
Oct 7
15th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Chicago 3-1 at Chicago 
Oct 8
Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Bill Brannin's Swing Parade Golf Tournament 
Oct 8
US Constellation crashes at Richmond Virginia, 74 die 
Oct 8
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya, USSR 
Oct 9
NY Yankees beat Cin Reds, 4 games to 1 in 58th World Series 
Oct 9
Tanganyika becomes independent within British Commonwealth 
Oct 9
US members of communist party obliged to report themselves to police 
Oct 9
Volcanic eruptions on Tristan de Cunha (South Atlantic) 
Oct 9
Yank Whitey Ford breaks Ruth record of 29 2/3 consecutive inning 
Oct 9
World Series scoreless pitching streak Yanks beat Reds 4 games to 1 
Oct 10
"Milk & Honey" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 543 performances 
Oct 10
Expansion draft to stock Houston Astros & NY Mets 
Oct 10
Otis M Smith appointed to Michigan Supreme Court 
Oct 10
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Oct 11
USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 66,100m 
Oct 11
USSR performs nuclear test 
Oct 12
"Let It Ride" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 68 performances 
Oct 12
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Oct 14
"How to Succeed in Business" opens at 46th St NYC for 1415 perfs 
Oct 14
14th Ryder Cup: US wins, 14½-9½ at Royal Lytham & St Annes, England 
Oct 17
22nd congress of CPSU opens in Moscow 
Oct 17
Battle of Paris-police kill 210 Algerians 
Oct 17
NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 33,100 m 
Oct 17
NY Museum of Modern Art hangs Henri Matisse's "Le Bateau" upside-down It wasn't corrected until December 3rd 
Oct 18
Emergency crisis proclaimed in South Vietnam due to communist attack 
Oct 18
"West Side Story", the film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, starring Natalie Wood, is released 
Oct 21
Barbra Striesand opens in "Another Evening with Harry Stones" 
Oct 21
USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR 
Oct 22
75,000 Flemings demand equal rights & Flemish language in Belgium 
Oct 22
Louise Suggs wins LPGA San Antonio Golf Civitan 
Oct 23
"Kwamina" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 32 performances 
Oct 23
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Oct 24
"Evening with Yves Montand" opens at John Golden NYC for 55 perfs 
Oct 25
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Oct 26
First test flight of Saturn launch vehicle 
Oct 27
1st Saturn launch vehicle makes an unmanned flight test 
Oct 27
American Basketball League starts play 
Oct 27
Outer Mongolia & Mauritania become 102nd & 103rd members of UN 
Oct 27
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya & Sary Shagan USSR 
Oct 28
"Fiorello!" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 796 performances 
Oct 28
Ground broken for Municipal (Shea) Stadium for NY Mets 
Oct 29
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Oct 30
Soviet Union tests a 58 megaton hydrogen bomb named Tsar Bomba - most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated 
Oct 30
UN unanimously elects U Thant acting secretary general after the death of Dag Hammarskjöld in a plane crash 
Oct 30
Soviet Party Congress unanimously approves a resolution removing Stalin's body from Lenin's tomb in Red Square 
Oct 31
Hurricane Hattie, kills 400 in British Honduras 
Oct 31
Federal judge rules that Birmingham, Alabama, laws against integrated playing fields are illegal 
Nov 2
"Kean" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 92 performances 
Nov 2
Max Frisch's "Andorra" premieres in Zurich 
Nov 3
General Assembly unanimously elects U Thant acting secretary general 
Nov 4
Karamanlis becomes premier of Greece 
Nov 5
India's premier Nehru arrives in NY 
Nov 5
St Louis Cards Bill Stacy, returns 2 interceptions for TDs vs Dallas 
Nov 6
US government issues a stamp honoring 100th birthday of James Naismith 
Nov 7
France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria 
Nov 8
Whitey Ford is voted Cy Young Award winner over Warren Spahn 
Nov 9
PGA eliminates caucasians only rule 
Nov 9
Paddy Chayefsky's "Gideon," premieres in NYC 
Nov 9
USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 30,970m 
Nov 9
The X-15 rocket plane achieved a world record speed of 4,093 mph (Mach 6.04) and reached 101,600 feet (30,970 m or over 19 miles) altitude 
Nov 11
Adulterous couple up mestkar through Staphorst riding 
Nov 11
Congolese soldiers murder 13 Italian UN pilots 
Nov 11
Molotov, Malenkov & Kaganovitsj expelled from USSR's communist party 
Nov 11
Stalingrad renamed Volgograd 
Nov 13
WCBB TV channel 10 in Augusta, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Nov 13
Vladimir Yefimovich Semichastny succeeds Aleksandr Nikolayevich Shelepin as head of the KGB. 
Nov 15
Comet C/1961 T1 (Seki) approaches within 0.1019 AUs of Earth 
Nov 15
Roger Maris is voted AL MVP 
Nov 15
UN bans nuclear arms 
Nov 16
Great Britain limits immigration from Commonwealth countries 
Nov 16
US President Kennedy decides to increase military aid to South Vietnam without committing US combat troops 
Nov 18
"Gay Life" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 113 performances 
Nov 18
"Kwamina" closes at 54th St Theater NYC after 32 performances 
Nov 18
JFK sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam 
Nov 18
US Ranger 2 launched to Moon; failed 
Nov 19
Houston George Blanda passes for 7 touchdowns vs NY Titans (49-13) 
Nov 20
WPLG TV channel 10 in Miami, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Nov 22
Frank Robinson is 1st to win MVPs in both major leagues 
Nov 22
St Louis Hawk Bob Pettit sets NBA record, hitting 19 of 19 free throws 
Nov 22
Producers Albert Broccoli & Harry Saltzman announce expensive publicity campaign to make Sean Connery (James Bond) a star 
Nov 25
NBA's Bob Cousy becomes 2nd player to score 15,000 points 
Nov 26
For 2nd time in his career, St Louis' Jerry Norton has 4 interceptions 
Nov 26
Pro Baseball Rules Committee votes 8-1 against legalizing the spitball 
Nov 27
Gordie Howe becomes 1st to play in 1,000 NHL games 
Nov 27
KHAW TV channel 11 in Hilo, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Nov 28
Ernest Davis is 1st black to win Heisman Trophy 
Nov 28
General Meeting of UN debates New-Guinea 
Nov 28
Martin Walser's "Der Abstecher" premieres in Munich 
Nov 29
Freedom Riders attacked by white mob at bus station in Miss 
Nov 29
John A McCone replaces Allen W Dulles as 6th director of CIA 
Nov 29
Mercury-Atlas 5 carries a chimp (Enos) to orbit 
Nov 30
Billy Williams of the Cubs is voted NL Rookie of Year 
Nov 30
USSR vetoes Kuwaits application for UN membership 
Dec 1
The independent Republic of West Papua is proclaimed in modern-day Western New Guinea. 
Dec 2
Fidel Castro declares he's a Marxist, & will lead Cuba to Communism 
Dec 2
Wind Bell, journal of SF Zen Center, begins publishing 
Dec 3
Anton Geesink becomes 1st non-Japanese judo world champion 
Dec 3
Beatles meet future manager Brian Epstein 
Dec 3
George Blanda of Houston Oilers kicks 55-yard field goal 
Dec 3
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Dec 4
Floyd Patterson KOs Tom McNeeley in 4 for heavyweight boxing title 
Dec 4
Museum of Modern Art hangs Matisse's Le Bateau upside down for 47 days 
Dec 4
Smallest NY Knick, 49th St Madison Square Garden crowd-1,300 (snowstorm) 
Dec 4
Tanganyika becomes 104th member of UN 
Dec 4
WXGA TV channel 8 in Waycross, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Dec 4
The female contraceptive 'pill' becomes available on the National Health Service in Britain 
Dec 6
27th Heisman Trophy Award: Ernie Davis, Syracuse (HB) 
Dec 8
Antwerp Belgium diocese forms 
Dec 8
Larry Costello scores 32 consecutive pts without a miss (NBA rec) 
Dec 8
South Africa v NZ, Durban debuts for Eddie Barlow & Peter Pollock 
Dec 8
Wilt Chamberlain scores the 2nd highest total in the NBA - 78 
Dec 9
"From the Second City" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 87 perfs 
Dec 9
"Let It Ride" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 68 perfs 
Dec 9
SS Col Adolf Eichmann found guilty of war crimes in Israel 
Dec 9
Tanganyika gains independence from Britain, takes name Tanzania 
Dec 9
Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 67 points vs NY 
Dec 10
Houston Oiler Billy Cannon gains record 373 yards against Titans 
Dec 10
US performs nuclear test at Carlsbad New Mexico (underground) 
Dec 10
USSR & Albania break diplomatic relations 
Dec 10
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 
Dec 11
"Please, Mr. Postman" by Marvelettes, released 
Dec 11
Adolf Eichmann is found guilty of war crimes, in Israel 
Dec 11
Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 20 wks 
Dec 11
JFK provides US miltary helicopters & crews to South Vietnam 
Dec 12
Ham radio satellite Oscar 1 launched with military Discoverer 36 
Dec 12
Martin Luther King Jr. & 700 demonstraters arrested in Albany Ga 
Dec 13
Beatles sign a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein 
Dec 13
Gideon Hausner in Jerusalem demands death penalty for Adolf Eichmann 
Dec 13
Jimmy Dean's Big Bad John album is country music 1st million $ seller 
Dec 14
Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" is 1st country song to get a gold record 
Dec 15
Adolf Eichmann convicted of crimes against humanity in Israel 
Dec 15
Equal access rule, political parties get TV broadcasting time 
Dec 15
JFK visits Puerto Rico 
Dec 15
L J Suenens appointed archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels 
Dec 16
"Evening with Yves Montand" opens at John Golden NYC after 55 perfs 
Dec 17
Disgruntled employee set fire to a circus tent in Niteroi Brazil 
Dec 17
India seizes Goa & 2 other Portuguese colonies 
Dec 17
Niteroi Circus of Rio de Janeiro catches fire; 323 die 
Dec 18
Britain's EMI Records originally rejects the Beatles 
Dec 18
For 2nd consecutive year, AP names Wilma Rudolph female athlete of year 
Dec 18
India annexes Portuguese colonies of Goa, Damao & Diu 
Dec 18
KAIL TV channel 53 in Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting 
Dec 18
Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 78 points vs LA 
Dec 19
Indonesian President Sukarno proclaims general mobilization 
Dec 21
Beatles record "Sweet Georgia Brown" & "Ready Teddy" 
Dec 21
JFK & British PM MacMillan meet in Bermuda 
Dec 21
Gangster Joe Gallo is sentenced to 7 to 14 years in state prison for extortion 
Dec 22
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Dec 23
KICU TV channel 43 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting 
Dec 23
Train accident in Italy, 70 die 
Dec 23
Fidel Castro announces Cuba will release 1,113 prisoners from failed 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion for $62M worth of food & medical supplies 
Dec 24
Houston Oilers beat San Diego Chargers 10-3 in AFL championship game 
Dec 27
Belgium & Congo resume diplomatic relations 
Dec 27
Styne/Comden/Green's musical "Subways are for Sleeping" premieres at St James Theater NYC for 205 perfs 
Dec 28
Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana," premieres in NYC 
Dec 28
50th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Melbourne (5-0) 
Dec 30
Moscow: premier of Dmitri Sjostakovitch' 4th Symphony (out 1936) 
Dec 31
"lrma La Douce" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 527 performances 
Dec 31
Beach Boys play their debut gig under that name 
Dec 31
Failed coup by Syrian group in Lebanon 
Dec 31
Green Bay Packers shutout NY Giants 37-0 in NFL championship game 
Dec 31
Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than $12 billion 
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