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1961 Historical Event(s)
- January 8, 1961 – In France a referendum supports Charles de Gaulle’s policies in Algeria.
- January 27, 1961 – Soviet submarine S-80 sinks with all hands lost.
- January 31, 1961 – Project Mercury: Mercury-Redstone 2 – Ham the Chimp travels into outer space.
- February 3, 1961 – A protest by agricultural workers in Baixa de Cassanje, Portuguese Angola, turns into a revolt, opening the Angolan War of Independence, the first of the Portuguese Colonial Wars.
- February 15, 1961 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Ox in Chinese astrology.
- February 16, 1961 – The DuSable Museum of African American History is chartered.
- March 15, 1961 – South Africa withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations.
- May 24, 1961 – American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for “disturbing the peace” after disembarking from their bus.
- June 23, 1961 – Cold War: the Antarctic Treaty, which sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and bans military activity on the continent, comes into force after the opening date for signature set for the December 1, 1959.
- July 31, 1961 – At Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, the first All-Star Game tie in major league baseball history occurs when the game is stopped in the 9th inning because of rain.
Who Were Born On 1961?
- February 13, 1961 – Cevin Key, Canadian musician (Skinny Puppy, Subconscious Communications)
- April 1, 1961 – Susan Boyle, Scottish singer and Britain’s Got Talent contestant
- May 19, 1961 – Gregory Poirier, American screenwriter and director
- June 18, 1961 – Andrés Galarraga, Venezuelan baseball player
- July 30, 1961 – Laurence Fishburne, American actor
- August 27, 1961 – Yolanda Adams, American gospel singer
- September 15, 1961 – Terry Lamb, Australian rugby league footballer
- October 11, 1961 – Neil Buchanan, English television presenter
- November 12, 1961 – Jonathan Nossiter, American film director
- November 28, 1961 – Jane Sibbett, American actress