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1961 Historical Event(s)
- January 17, 1961 – U.S. 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”.
- January 26, 1961 – John F. Kennedy appoints Janet G. Travell to be his physician. This is the first time a woman holds this appointment.
- February 13, 1961 – A 500,000-year-old rock is discovered near Olancha, California, US, that appears to anachronistically encase a spark plug.
- February 15, 1961 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Ox in Chinese astrology.
- February 26, 1961 – Hassan II becomes King of Morocco.
- May 24, 1961 – Cyprus joins the Council of Europe.
- August 11, 1961 – The former Portuguese territories in India of Dadra and Nagar Haveli are merged to create the Union Territory Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
- September 10, 1961 – Italian Grand Prix, a crash causes the death of German Formula One driver Wolfgang von Trips and 13 spectators who are hit by his Ferrari.
- November 11, 1961 – thirteen Italian Air Force servicemen, deployed to the Congo as a part of the UN peacekeeping force are massacred by a mob in the course of the Kindu atrocity.
- December 9, 1961 – The trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Israel ends with verdicts of guilty on 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people and membership of an outlawed organization.
Who Were Born On 1961?
- February 5, 1961 – Savvas Kofidis, Greek footballer and manager
- February 28, 1961 – Rae Dawn Chong, Canadian actress
- April 3, 1961 – Michalis Rakintzis, Greek songwriter and singer
- June 28, 1961 – Jeff Malone, American basketball player
- July 13, 1961 – Stelios Manolas, Greek footballer and manager
- September 13, 1961 – KK Null, Japanese musician
- October 4, 1961 – Philippe Russo, French singer
- October 9, 1961 – Julian Bailey, British racing driver
- November 4, 1961 – Nigel Worthington, Northern Irish footballer
- November 24, 1961 – Arundhati Roy, Indian writer